In addition to getting free baby stuff in the mail, you can find essentials locally. Here are a few ways.
1. Free Anything From Local Facebook Groups
Many cities and even neighborhoods have Facebook groups.
A great place to start if you’re looking for baby freebies is with a local Buy Nothing Project group. You’ll be able to connect with neighbors who are giving away freebies. Then you can pay it forward once your baby is grown, passing along essentials to new parents.
2. Free Nursery Supplies From the NextDoor App
NextDoor is a private neighborhood forum where neighbors can chatter amongst themselves. You’ll find crime updates, lost-dog posters and — yup! — freebies.
Check out the app’s “For Sale & Free” section to see what your neighbors are giving away. There’s even a “Baby & Kids” category.
3. Free Samples from Your Pediatrician
Like other medical professionals, pediatricians receive samples from companies all the time. If you have a specific need — or just want to try some sample products — it never hurts to ask.
4. Free Essential From Local Nonprofits
If things get really tough, you can tap into resources from nonprofits. The National Diaper Bank Network, for example, works to provide diapers to families in need. You can also reach out to your local food pantries to see if any resources are available.