128 diapers.

That’s how many diapers were in the diaper cake I won at a baby registry event from the now-defunct Babies R Us (RIP, Mama Chang will sorely miss you).

Of all the baby freebies I managed to accumulate along the way, that was my proudest haul, mainly because diapers are such an important baby essential.

Before my son’s birth, I tested out many ways of trying to acquire free diapers. This article is all about showing you which ones actually work.

TAKE ACTION:

This post may contain affiliate links. See disclosure for more details.

how to get free diapers for your baby

SPREAD THE WEALTH! SHARE THIS POST!

In this post, you will see:

  • Methods to get totally free diapers now
  • Strategies that will set you up to earn more free diapers in the future
  • Tips for getting other free baby stuff, in addition to diapers

baby essentials checklist and baby savings plan worksheet tracker printable

WANT A FREE BABY ESSENTIALS CHECKLIST & BABY SAVINGS PLAN?

Get this two-part printable:

  • Essentials checklist:
    • Baby must-have items
    • Highly recommended and optional products
    • Estimated budget per category
  • Savings plan:
    • One major financial task per month
    • Fun savings tracker

Ways to get free diapers

Here’s a table summarizing the ways to get free diapers. Below it are detailed instructions for how to get the diapers for each method.

Who is OfferingCostWhat You GetHow to Acquire Free Diapers
TargetFreeUsually 1-2 diapersSign up for baby registry
AmazonFreeUsually 1-2 diapersSign up for baby registry
Buybuy BabyFreeUsually 1-2 diapersSign up for baby registry
The Honest CompanyShipping & handling fee5 diapers + 10 wipesSign up for trial (be sure to cancel if you don’t want to pay membership fee)
Costco or Sam’s ClubFreeUsually 1-2 diapersFree sample station, when available
HospitalFreeVariesInquire with hospital
Lactation consultationFreeVariesInquire with lactation nurse
Gifts and baby showersFreeVariesSpread the word of your pregnancy
Friends with older childrenFreeVariesAccept leftover diapers
Online marketplacesFreeVariesCheck sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace
Diaper bankFree, for those in needVariesCheck with participating shelter near you
PampersEssentially freeVariesScan purchases to earn points & redeem for rewards
HuggiesEssentially freeVariesScan purchases to earn points & redeem for rewards
Amazon subscriptionEssentially free, after so many purchasesVariesSign up for Amazon Family and set up a subscription
Target subscriptionEssentially free, after so many purchasesVariesSet up a subscription
Store gift card promosEssentially free, for value of gift cardsVariesComplete tasks to redeem for free gift cards

 

Baby registry sign-up kits or boxes

Cost: Totally free
Quantity: Usually a pack of 1-2 diapers

Sign up for as many of these baby registries as you can because most offer a welcome kit of some sort. You’re bound to find free diaper samples inside, like the ones I got for Seventh Generation and The Honest Company.

You’ll also snag other freebies like pacifiers, bottles, wipes, diaper cream, and other free baby samples.

Another perk of getting the welcome kits are the coupons. You can count on finding a few for your favorite diaper brands to help you get cheap diapers.

How to get your free diapers:

*I haven’t personally used Buybuy Baby since we don’t have any stores here in Hawaii, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they offered free diapers too.

TIP:

If you live in Alaska or Hawaii, you aren’t eligible to receive Amazon’s baby box, but make someone else’s day by sending it to another expecting mother on the continental U.S.

amazon baby box for free banner

The Honest Company

Cost: Shipping and handling
Quantity: 5 diapers and 10 wipes

How to get free diapers:
Sign up for a free trial of diapers and wipes.

free baby stuff - diapers wipes

CAUTION:

If you aren’t interested in continuing the subscription, remember to cancel your trial by the following month to avoid being charged a subscription fee.

Warehouse clubs

Cost: Totally free
Quantity: Usually a pack of 1-2 diapers

We went to a Costco that was serving diapers on a sample cart. We snagged a pack for each size they had available.

You’ll probably have more success finding non-food sample products at less busy Costco stores.

How to get your free diapers:
Check out your local warehouse store, like Costco or Sam’s Club, for possible samples of baby diapers.

Hospital

Cost: Free
Quantity: Varies

When we gave birth to our son, the hospital provided us with a pack of diapers. Turns out it was a standard perk for new parents, so call your local hospital and see if that is something you can score too.

How to get your free diapers:
Check with your hospital.

Lactation Consultation

Cost: Free
Quantity: Varies

On top of the free diapers we got from the hospital, we got even more free diapers when we went to see our lactation nurse.

How to get your free diapers:
Check with the lactation nurse.

Gifts and baby showers

Cost: Totally free
Quantity: Varies

Parents know the value of diapers, so you can expect to get some as gifts. If you’re lucky enough to have a baby shower, you’re VERY likely to get a diaper cake or creation.

How to get your free diapers:

  • Tell people you’re expecting.
  • Let the word spread.
  • Chances are you’ll start to see diapers and other baby gifts come your way.

TIP:

Putting diapers on your baby registry is smart because diapers are something you’ll truly need. Many registries also offer a registry completion discount, so you can save big on any diapers you buy yourself remaining on the registry list if you time it right.

baby essentials checklist and baby savings plan worksheet tracker printable

WANT A FREE BABY ESSENTIALS CHECKLIST & BABY SAVINGS PLAN?

Get this two-part printable:

  • Essentials checklist:
    • Baby must-have items
    • Highly recommended and optional products
    • Estimated budget per category
  • Savings plan:
    • One major financial task per month
    • Fun savings tracker

Friends with older babies

Cost: Totally free
Quantity: Varies

I knew that parents tend to give secondhand clothing, but it never occurred to me that people often get stuck with leftover diapers from a size their baby outgrew. We got a bunch of unused diapers from a few of our friends for this very reason.

How to get your free diapers:
If you have family, friends, or coworkers who have a baby slightly older than yours, you may become the recipient of some leftover diapers.

Online marketplaces

Cost: Totally free, or huge discount
Quantity: Varies

I did not personally take up offers for free diapers because they were a smaller size than what I needed, but I’ve definitely seen listings for them on Craigslist and Facebook.

How to get your free diapers:

  • Go to Craigslist. Check the “free” category.
  • Go to Facebook Marketplace. Filter “only free” listings.

Diaper bank

Cost: Totally free
Quantity: Depends on supply at participating locations

Diaper banks provide free diapers to low-income families. I was fortunate enough that I didn’t need to tap into this resource, but if you are financially strapped, you may want to look into this option.

How to get your free diapers:
If you are in financial need, consider asking local churches and nonprofit groups for diapers. Check out the National Diaper Bank Network website for more info.

Diapers rewards programs

Cost: Essentially free
Quantity: Varies

If you find yourself sticking to a specific brand of diapers, like Pampers or Huggies, sign up for their free rewards program so you can earn points on your purchases, which you can redeem for other free baby products, including diapers, books, toys and more.

How to get your free diapers:

  • Sign up for your diaper rewards programs. Two popular ones are:
  • Earn points by buying brand-specific products and scanning receipts or completing other designated tasks outlined in the rewards program.
  • Earn enough points to meet the threshold to redeem for diapers or other rewards.

Diaper subscriptions

Cost: Essentially free, after so many purchases
Quantity: Depends on quantity purchased

A newborn will take up a lot of your time. The last thing you wanna do is waste it doing avoidable chores, when you’d rather spend that time with your precious little one.

amazon family prime to get 20% off diapers subscription

Consider setting up a diaper subscription that gets automatically mailed to you so you can always keep your supply stocked without having to think about it.

Companies will reward you for setting up this recurring purchase by offering big discounts on your orders.

amazon logo

Amazon offers up to 20% off diaper subscriptions if you’re a Prime member (and if you’re not, you can try Prime for free for 30 days). After your 5th order, you’re essentially getting the next one for free.

It’s also common to find coupon codes on specific Amazon products that will automatically apply when you add certain diaper products to your cart for extra savings.

target logo

Target gives you a 5% discount on your subscription, with an additional 5% off if you use your Target RedCard. After your 10th order, the next set of diapers would basically be free.

Steps to get free diapers from Amazon:

Steps to get free diapers from Target

Free store gift cards

Cost: Can be 100% free
Quantity: As many diapers as you can buy for the value of gift cards

There are ways to get free gift cards, which you can then use to buy diapers. Since the gift cards were free, you’re not really paying anything for those diapers.

Our favorite ways to get free gift cards, which you use to get diapers:

  • Sign up for Ebates and get a $10 Walmart gift card.
  • Check if Target is running their popular “spend $X for a free $X gift card” promotion. Wait to do all your shopping in one large batch so you can qualify for the promo and get rewarded for the things you were going to buy anyway.
  • Join Swagbucks and get a welcome bonus equivalent to a $10 gift card of your choice.

TIP:

Swagbucks lets you earn even more points for doing free stuff like watching entertaining videos, answering surveys, and so on. Redeem those points for additional free gift cards and keep those free diapers rolling in.

Conclusion

Covering your baby’s bottom shouldn’t take you to the bottom of your wallet. This list of tips for getting free diapers will help you get a little more mileage out of your baby budget. Learn how to get free diapers now, plus how to buy them so that you get more diapers for less.

TAKE ACTION:

SPREAD THE WEALTH! SHARE THIS POST!

KEEP LEARNING & EARNING:

stack of cloth diapers - save money on cloth vs disposable diapersCloth vs Disposable Diapers (+ the REAL Way to Save Money on Diapers)

Sylvia aka Mama Chang

AUTHOR BIO

Sylvia, aka Mama Chang, is a personal finance blogger out to prove the possibility of navigating high-cost living on a low-cost budget. Paid off college and condo in her 20's on under $55k salary. She wants to teach others how optimize money to maximize quality of life. Dual income with kids, based in Hawaii.

Hangs out on Keeping Up with the Changs: Pinterest | Instagram