9 ways to get free diapers (or cheap diapers)

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It’s a sad reality that one in three mothers in the U.S. need more diapers than they can afford, according to the results of a study published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Not surprisingly, the report correlated a child’s diaper needs to maternal stress.

The good news is, if you need help buying diapers right now, you have options. 

In this post, we cover 9 ways to get free or cheap diapers:

  1. National Diaper Bank Network
  2. United Way's 211
  3. Doctors' offices
  4. Food pantries
  5. Churches
  6. County social services
  7. Samples
  8. Huggies Rewards
  9. Amazon Family

1. National Diaper Bank Network 

The National Diaper Bank Network, which distributes free diapers to low-income families, has more than 225 nonprofit members and diaper banks in 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. Find a diaper network provider in your state.

“Diapers near me:” National Diaper Bank Network’s member directory

Using your smartphone, search the phrase “free diapers near me.” This is an easy way to locate your nearest National Diaper Bank Network provider, or other local resources in your community.

2. United Way’s 211 

If you urgently need diapers, dial 211 on your cellphone to speak with a United Way representative, who can connect you with local resources and organizations that provide free diapers in your area. 

Ask for “baby essentials” or “basic needs items” to be connected with local sources with free diapers. If there are no free diaper services nearby, ask about local churches and food pantries that may offer free diapers or help offset the cost of diapers.

You can also search for local 211 resources by visiting 211.org and clicking “Your Local 211.”  

3. Doctors’ offices

Ask your child’s pediatrician about free diaper samples or programs to get free or cheap diapers. You can also call nearby pediatric or women’s hospitals and medical centers to ask for help. Find a pediatric doctor near you.

4. Food pantries

Local food pantries are another great resource for free diapers and baby wipes. Some people even donate open packs of diapers if their baby has outgrown them. Because of the unmet need for diapers in the United States, food banks and pantries are working to educate the public about the importance of diaper donations. Find a local food pantry.

5. Churches 

Check with local churches or religious organizations like Catholic Charities USA to ask about annual drives for diapers and other baby items. For example, a Catholic Charities branch in DuBois, Pa., offers free diapers, baby items, and parenting support to pregnant moms and mothers with children under the age of one, regardless of income. Find your local Catholic Charities or locate a church near you.

6. County social services

Your local department of social services office can help you find free or cheap diapers. Each county or city social services office has its own programs for helping parents in need of diapers and other baby items. 

If you meet eligibility requirements, you may be able to apply for financial assistance such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to get extra cash for diapers.

Low-income households may also be eligible to cut back on food costs through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). While you can’t use SNAP or WIC to purchase diapers, these programs can free up money that would have been spent on food to get the diapers you need. Find your local social services office.

7. Samples 

Many diaper companies will send you diaper samples if you request them via customer service. It’s a goodwill action in hopes that you’ll become a customer if you like their products.

Diaper manufacturers often have rewards programs you can sign up for to get free diapers or coupons. Follow diaper brands on social media, and sign up for newsletters to stay on top of special offers, diaper giveaways, and sales promotions.

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8. Huggies Rewards 

Huggies’ program through Fetch Rewards allows members to earn rewards points for Huggies purchases. These points can be exchanged for retail gift cards and cash cards to purchase more diapers or other baby items.

For example, you can earn a gift card to Amazon and then sign up with Amazon Family (learn more below) to purchase things you need for your baby. To get started, download the Fetch Rewards app.

Sign up for Fetch Rewards to start collecting points toward free diapers

Not only can the Fetch Rewards app help you earn points you can exchange for gift cards to buy free diapers, but you can also choose from a wide variety of rewards for your family. 

You can also earn points on everyday purchases such as groceries, clothing, and dining out. Scan your paper receipts, linking the email you use with participating retailers like Sam’s Club, and also linking to your Amazon account. Sign up for a free Fetch Rewards account on your smartphone.

9. Cheap diapers from Amazon when you sign up for Amazon Family

Amazon Family offers exclusive discounts on diaper subscriptions, tips on parenting, and perks for setting up a baby registry. Create a free baby registry and get a welcome box filled with samples designed to take care of you and your baby. Sign up for Amazon Family to get discounts on diapers now. Or, see if you qualify for 50% off a Prime membership for EBT clients.

To save even more, sign up for Capital One Shopping, a free savings tool that automatically looks for lower prices and points out better deals for what you want to buy while you shop online. 

You can use it as a browser extension on your laptop or via the Capital One Shopping app. Use it to help you save money on everything you need for your baby while also earning rewards when you shop with participating retailers.

The best part? You don't need a Capital One credit card to use it. It is completely free for anyone to use. Sign up for Capital One Shopping now.

Free diaper FAQs

Have questions about how to get free diapers? We’ve provided answers to some popular questions below:

Does WIC give free diapers?

WIC does not give out free diapers. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that provides financial help to purchase food items like baby formula, infant cereal, eggs, milk, baby food, and whole-wheat bread.

However, you can contact your local WIC office and ask if they can point you in the direction of programs in your community that provide free or cheap diapers.

Can you use SNAP for diapers?

No, SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy diapers. They can be used to purchase eligible food items, much like WIC. Still, you can check with your local social services office to ask about resources to help you get free or discounted diapers.

And since many grocery stores and retailers take SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, you can still take advantage of rewards programs. Amazon even allows you to add your SNAP EBT card to shop online (Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Montana are excluded) and get groceries conveniently delivered to your home to save you time.

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Does WIC give free diapers?

WIC does not give out free diapers. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that provides financial help to purchase food items like baby formula, infant cereal, eggs, milk, baby food, and whole-wheat bread.

Can you use SNAP for diapers?

No, SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy diapers. Still, you can check with your local social services office to ask about resources to help you get free or discounted diapers.

Robyn Evans is an award-winning writer, inspirational author, and occasional songstress (especially in the shower). Born and raised in Baltimore, she focused on helping women make healthy choices for body, mind and soul. She’s a grateful bonus mom to a photographer son and activist daughter and works with young writers through a nonprofit organization. Robyn writes for corporate clients, is a former feature writer for The Carroll County Times, has written for The Baltimore Sun and is the author of three books. Learn more about Robyn here.

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