Who doesn’t love free? Newborn parents love free things.
As a parent of a newborn, every little bit counts whether we can get items for free or at a discounted price.
Before I gave birth to my daughter, I searched for things that are free for first-time parents, sign up for different email lists, and figure out what we actually need for our baby.
Here are the 3 (absolutely) free items:
Please note that I’m not including items that are free but you have to pay for shipping. These items are completely free, but you might have to pick them up. Also, I’m in Canada so this might not apply to you. Check online to find out the deals in the country or place you live in.
It literally is a cardboard box with a little mattress inside. The size of the mattress is the same as a bassinet. If you really want to, you can use it as a bassinet but you won’t be able to see from the sides and only the top.
They also give you a bag of samples. I heard that the goodies depend on where you pick the box up.
How to get it?
You go to the website and take the online course. It’ll teach you how to prevent SIDS by placing your baby on his or her back among other lessons. After you’ve completed the course, you’ll find a location where you want to pick up your box.
How I use it for my newborn?
We placed the baby box in the family room so that she can nap there in the afternoons. Sometimes, I find it easier to place her to nap in this box than the crib. But, it could also be because she’s confused between day and night so she naps better during the day.
People were doubtful at first, but I do use it every day if possible.
It is free, you just need to put in the effort to take the course and pick up the box and free samples.
I’m not sponsored or have affiliated with Enfamil, but signing up for coupons really saved me.
They send these coupons that you can claim the items at your local store. If you don’t want to feed your child formula, please skip this section.
I was not producing enough milk and my newborn is hungry. I had to supplement with formula.
We used the coupons we received to claim free formula. We claimed 2 cases of Enfamil Ready to Feed 59ml bottles at Walmart. I think we did pay $1 for the second case because we were only able to claim $8. If it is cheaper at your local store, it would be totally free for you.
For reference: Enfamil A+ Infant Formula Ready to Feed (Amazon only sells them in bigger cases, but this is for your reference)
The coupons also included free bottles which you can claim at your local store as well.
The only cost for this is gas to your local store to claim these free products.
Babies R’ Us
This is mainly a Canadian thing because unfortunately, US Toys R’ Us has closed down.
When you register either in person or online, they’ll give you your registration number. Take the number to a Toys R’ Us store and claim your free bag.
In the bag, it included (at least for us):
- Newborn Diapers
- Stretch Mark Cream
- Breast Pads
- Other Coupons
It’s great for parents of newborn to have these free stuff. Also, check when the coupons expire because you might buy something in the future and you can save money with the coupons.
The tote bag it came in was pretty nice as well so you can use it for the future.