As a single or expecting mother, you know cribs, strollers, and car seats are expensive. Also, you may need help with baby stuff like diapers, wipes, and clothes. There are ways to get assistance on these supplies for your new tike. I want to provide a few ideas and note a few ways to find cheap or free baby stuff for low income families. First, let’s look at furniture.
Family and friends
Family and friends can serve as a great resource to get help with totally free baby furniture. They often have strollers, bassinets, and bedding in the garage or basement from a child who has grown up.
They may have been meaning to get rid of them but haven’t. That’s good for a single mom, like yourself. You are likely to get a free baby stuff.
Ask around your workplace, too. Explain that finances are tight with the little tyke on the way and you need assistance with baby furniture and supplies.
More often than not, your family and friends will be more than happy to get rid of the stuff they have in their place and put it to a good cause. This is the easiest way to get free baby cribs for expecting moms.
I like Craigslist because of the sheer volume of stuff listed on it. It’s like a big garage sale but has people who are in need of things, too. And that’s why it works great for your purpose.
The “wanted to buy” and “free” section are where you want to start. You could put an ad on there that you want to buy cheap baby furniture and mention that you are low income and can’t pay a lot of money.
It’s possible that somebody might see your ad and have a crib or highchair in the basement and just be willing to get rid of it but haven’t seen a market for it yet.
Another option is to scan the “free” section. You may be able to find free baby strollers, bedding, or furniture.
Consider doing this as soon as you find out you are pregnant, so you have many months to get everything compiled.
And don’t forget garage sales
Garage sales happen only once a year but you can find a few good deals on furniture. They are the best for getting help with baby clothes and bedding.
A onesie outfit will sell for around 25 cents. Five dollars will go a long way for getting new duds for your son or daughter.
Tip: When the garage sale is over, the family may not want to move all that stuff back into their house. They may put it at the curb for the trash or for Goodwill. The best solution is to leave your phone number with the family and say that if you don’t sell the item, consider calling you and you’d be happy to pick it up or buy it at a reduced rate.
Goodwill, Salvation Army
Every year families donate quality items to the Goodwill or Salvation Army. These items are then resold to families in need.
You should be able to find a good deal on furniture, like bassinets and playpens, for babies.
Need help with diapers and wipes?
The National Diaper Bank Network’s goal is to make sure that baby’s in the U.S. are kept clean, dry, and healthy.
This non-profit organization works with local communities, building diaper banks throughout the U.S. These diaper banks provide help for families and single moms and dads in need.
According to NDBN, it costs up to $100 a month for diapers for one child and they can’t be purchase through food stamps. This make it difficult for low income families to purchase.
Look through the NDBN database and see if you can find a diaper bank near you.
Another option: Contact your pastor. Some churches keep an emergency fund for members in desperate need. A local church you go to may recognize you need baby supplies but can’t afford them. It is possible that church may help pay for diapers and wipes.
Places that give away totally free baby stuff
Manufacturers offer coupons on their site for discounted products or for trials. You will have to register with the manufacturer to get free samples to try. But, they often will give you a few free baby diapers, which can help.
Here are four companies to consider: Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, GoodNites
Doctor’s office and hospital
Doctor’s offices and hospitals get a lot of free stuff from vendors. The vendors will distribute it for free, with the intention that the medical practitioner will like it and will buy their product.
Often, the offices and hospitals will have a surplus of trial products from vendors that they will offer their patients. It doesn’t hurt to ask if they have any sample items.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Offices
WIC, which is a offices help “low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age who are at nutritional risk.”
They may be able to offer additional community resources to help you.
Cribs for Kids
I came across cribsforkids.org, which helps put babies in cribs. They work with partners throughout the United States and help provide safe sleep education and/or cribs.
Each partner may have different eligibility requirements but you may be able to learn about additional programs in your community by contacting them. It won’t hurt to try.
I hope the information presented helps you find free baby stuff for low income families.