For families with babies or toddlers, diapers are part of daily necessities. Considering that infants and toddlers can quickly go through eight to twelve diapers a day, costs can quickly pile up. Adding to that growing expenses is the fact that most local stores and smaller chains do not sell diapers in small quantities.
Fortunately, low-income families have other means to get free diapers. Various organizations, charities, and diaper banks assist families in need to ease the growing costs of childcare.
Aside from diapers banks and non-profit organizations, a legislation is also underway to ensure struggling families receive federal assistance to afford diapers.
The End Diaper Need Act of 2021
Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced the bill End Diaper Need Act of 2021. This bill aims to provide diapers to millions of families struggling to make ends meet. Through this bill, low-income families will receive free diapers through the Social Services Block Grant Program, Medicaid Home, and the Community-Based Services Waiver Program.
The End Diaper Need Act of 2021 would supply 200 medically necessary diapers per month. In addition to that, a health spending account or a health reimbursement account could also be used to purchase diapers.
National Diaper Bank Network
The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) helps low-income families in need by organizing donations and resources in local areas. This organization works directly with 200 diaper banks nationwide, providing families with a solid foundation of support when times are tough.
The National Diaper Bank Network website lists diaper banks, food banks, and charities that provide free diapers in each state. On the other hand, low-income families can also turn to several organizations and charities that give away free furniture and appliances.
Free Diapers From A Hospital
New parents have enough to worry about even without the stress of purchasing diapers and other hygiene supplies for their newborns. However, new parents may not be aware that hospitals stockpile a lot of diapers that they can take home.
Before checking out, low-income families can take advantage of this by requesting more diapers from hospital staff. More often than not, doctors and nurses provide as many diapers as necessary to ensure that newborns have an adequate supply.
Along with diapers, hospitals often distribute other supplies for free, such as:
- Clothing, including onesies or hats
- Breastfeeding supplies
- Formula samples
Free Diapers From Product Giveaways
As part of their marketing strategy, most diaper companies provide free samples of their products to parents. Families may receive a free box of diaper samples when they join a membership trial. After the free trial has ended, you can cancel before a monthly charge is applied.
Furthermore, some companies can also provide free diapers to families who call the customer service department politely and ask. It never hurts to try!
You can stay updated on the latest product giveaways by following your favorite diaper companies on social media. Companies often hold giveaways to promote their products, and you can quickly join just by entering your name. Follow these diaper companies to be on the lookout for future giveaways and promos:
In the U.S., one in every three families does not have access to affordable diapers. Ensuring that a family has an adequate supply of diapers will lessen childcare costs and prevent hygiene-related illnesses in kids.
These free resources are not limited to basic necessities alone. Some organizations also give away free Christmas toys for kids during the holiday season. Knowing which services are available in your state will help you determine which method will work best for you.
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