Get free baby items.
Free baby supplies is available from a wide variety of sources. Charities provide assistance to low income parents and they may often be able to help in an emergency. Long term support is provided by government benefits, as both state and local programs provide either free baby items or vouchers to help pay for supplies.
A new child is very expensive to raise. When they are newborns the parents need to consider costs such as diapers, medications, cribs, and of course infant formula. Those are just a few of the expenses that are incurred, and there are thousands of others. While there will never be enough free stuff given to help raise the baby, even if there are a few items provided here and there it can make a big difference in a household's budget.
Expecting mothers also can find free baby stuff as well. The advantage for them is they can start the search early, before the child is born. Having additional time to apply to a government programs such as WIC or to seek help from a charity can make a big difference. There may be many items available to them, with churches often being able to assist.
Then, as the child grows, parents need to take on more costs such as childcare and school supplies. These additional expenses are very difficult for a low income family to pay. So applying for free items while the bay is still a newborn will help them save money for those future bills they will be faced with.
Even as the child grows there may be some free assistance programs available that provide clothing supplies or child care vouchers. Or some grant based programs can help moms pay the bills they will be faced with at those points in their life. So even as the baby grows older the possibility to get help, for free, from non-profits or the government still exists.
Programs that provide low income families free baby stuff
Diaper programs – Each state has one or more charitable organizations or churches that provide diapers, wipes, and cleaning products. They will usually offer them from a clothing bank. Or there may be other donations of diapers from retailers such as Wal-Mart or companies including Pampers or Huggies. This companies, as well as other, have charitable giving programs for low income families. Find charity diaper programs.
Food, including baby formula – The monthly grocery bill can skyrocket once there is a new mouth to feed in the family. This can be very difficult for a low income family to deal with. Using agencies that offer free baby stuff, such as food, can help during this timeframe.
- For those new moms that are not breast feeding, they can get vitamin fortified baby formula. There may be some cans given on a monthly basis. Find free baby formula distribution centers.
- There is also free baby stuff, such as food, groceries, fruits, cereal, and more from regional pantries. This can not only help feed the child, but a box of groceries can also assist the entire family. Locate free food banks.
Car seats and related items (covers, installation services, and more) are available for free to households with babies or young infants. The programs are focused on helping very low income parents with an automobile. Everyone from a local DSS office to a thrift store may provide these items at no cost to the parent. More on free car seat programs.
There are dozens of local charities that provide free baby stuff as well. They focus on certain states, counties, or cities. Many of the non-profit organizations not only provide free items to new moms or dads (or those that are expecting a newborn), but they also offer counseling as well as referrals to financial aid. Whether the applicant is a single mom, a relative watching the infant, or working poor, infant and baby supplies are available. Find a church, charity, or regional non-profit to try for assistance.
- Portland area - Includes Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County
Free baby furniture programs – With a new child in the home, the family needs to ensure they have the proper furniture for the newest members of their family. It needs to be safe to use for a newborn. Also, the parent needs to be sure to use these items properly. Below are some resources to help low income families, including information on how the Salvation Army can help.
- Cribs are needed so the baby has a place to sleep each night that is safe and warm. This can be expensive to buy, but charities and thrift stores may offer baby cribs in an emergency or similar items.
- Other baby stuff that is needed may be car seats, clothing for the child, diaper genies, changing tables, high chairs, strollers, and more. A combination of grants as well as donations from charitable run thrift stores may help meet this need. Locate clothing closets.
Financial aid for new babies – If the parents income is low enough, they may not only be given free baby items from a charity, but they may also be given grants or vouchers to help pay some of the bills they will soon be faced with. A big one will be child care, with another expense being for ongoing food. There are some resources to try.
- New moms can seek grants from the government for everything from housing to transportation and more. They are hard to get, but may be a possibility to help pay bills from a new baby. Find how to apply for government grants.
- Parents returning to work, after maternity leave, often need free or affordable day care. This can be very difficult, if not impossible, for a low income family. Find agencies that offer child care assistance.
- Financial aid may be offered to help pay for medical bills. New babies often lead to more checks up by the family doctor, medications, tests, and more. This support can offset some of those costs.
- Public aid can be provided to low income parents. They can help by providing assistance such as WIC items, free items for the home so the baby is safe, TANF welfare grants, and much more. Find a number of public assistance programs to apply for.
Many different resources are available. A focus of many of these free baby items programs is to help single moms, as about 20% of them live in poverty. Any parent that is struggling to make ends meet on a low income, or those in an emergency, can apply for these free programs.