Nappies can be an expense that most families just cannot afford. At around $60 per month per child, it is an expense that is often a contributing factor to financial stress for low income families. Ensuring you can provide this basic necessity for your child can be a challenge. Consider these resources to help you get such an important item for your child’s health.
There are Australian nappy banks operated through a number of sources such as Nappy Days in Southern Australia. Operated as a non-profit charity organisation along the same premise as food banks, this organisation accepts product and cash donations to be able to purchase in bulk, nappies to be given out at local centres for those in need. You can often find a centre near you, as Nappy Days is a part of CharityLink Australia. They support a number of local organisations such as food banks, churches, social organisations and many more. If you are in other parts of Australia, there may be a local Nappy bank near you. Contact your local aid organisation for details.
The benefit of these services is that most parents that work part or full time outside of the home, need to have disposable nappies for childcare centres that do not accept cloth nappies.
Another way you can get free nappies is to apply for as many free samples from every source you can find online. Most every nappy company, both disposable and cloth offer free samples to encourage you to purchase from them. If you continually search for these free samples, it can make a small difference. Ask friends and family if they can help you by signing up for these free samples as well.
Try these resources to get you started on your free samples.
Get as many people to apply for as many free samples as possible to help you build up on the free samples available to you.
Another great way to save on diaper costs is to get cloth nappies that can cut down on the number of disposables that you need to purchase. Many local organisations or recycle websites offer these cloth nappies for free. By using these cloth alternatives when you are at home, on weekends or when you are not working can help keep disposable costs low.
The last alternative to expensive disposables or cloth nappies is to simply go nappy-free. Many Asian and African cultures use this as their main rearing technique and can often have their children potty trained by the age of 18 to 24 months. This is obviously only an option for parents that are not working and are full-time caregivers with a concerted effort. Called “communication elimination” it is a way to start potty training your infant between birth and 4 months old without the use of diapers. Although not an option for everyone, it can mean that you essentially eliminate one major cost. If it is a choice between this method and providing other basic necessities, it may be a great choice.
In addition to free diapers, try buying in bulk when there are sales on if you have to purchase. Also learn about other free baby items you can receive across the country.