I am no expert at being a mom. By a LONG SHOT. However, I do pride myself on being an expert on frugality and finding free stuff. When I was pregnant with Jake I stumbled upon the crazy awesome world of “pregnancy boxes”: boxes of free items and samples for new and pregnant moms. A ton of companies will give you free swag just for being pregnant (and obviously in hopes that you will buy more stuff). We took advantage of all the freebies we could find and it helped us through the first 3 months of Jake’s life and a few of the items we still use over a year later! So below are my favorite (and FREE) pregnancy freebies!
Babylist is a really cool baby registry website that lets you sync all your registries onto one place AND it lets you put items from websites that don’t have registries like your favorite boutique baby clothing store. All you have to do is create a registry on the Babylist website and post one of two items on it. I didn’t even share the registry with anyone so it took me a total of 5 min. This was one of my favorite freebies. The items are high quality and not always just samples. We ended up getting a free onesie and a sun hat (which Jake still wears!) amongst all the samples.
- Amazon Baby Box
Amazon’s freebies were honestly the BEST and valued up to $35. However, its a little bit more complicated to get them… You need to do the following:
- Create your Amazon Baby Registry.
- Sign up for Amazon Prime’s free 30-day trial.
- Add products to your Baby Registry.
- Purchase $10 worth of eligible products from your registry (or have someone by something off your registry… which will happen the second you have a shower)
- Claim your Welcome Box!
This Box contained a lot of cool items but the highlights for me were a muslin swaddle and an Avent 4 oz bottle. You can check out The Gentle Nursery’s blog on what they got in theirs for more proof that going through the extra steps is totally worth it!
This one is SUPER easy to get. All you have to do is make is registry online or in store (which most people do anyways) and go to the Guest Services desk and ask for your free gift. BOOM. They claim it’s $80 worth of stuff, and though I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, some of the items require you to contact the company directly and pay shipping to receive…. is that really free? HOWEVER, I still got a ton of great samples as well as full sized products like a Dr. Brown Natural Flow bottle (which are NOT CHEAP) and it comes in a cute reuseable tote bag. So Target… you did good.
- Buy Buy Baby
Just like Target, all you have to do is make a baby registry (you really just have to add one item, they don’t even check) and then go to Guest Services to collect your goody bag. Honestly… I wasn’t a fan of BuyBuyBaby’s bag and with the nearest location being 25 minutes away, it wasn’t worth my time. BUT it did have some good samples and gives you a coupon.
- The Baby Box Co.
Ok… so I’ve gotten a couple looks for this one but I promise you, it’s awesome. The Baby Box Co. provides FREE literal baby boxes. To sleep in. Having your baby sleep in a box next to your bed is the norm in Finland (the hospital gives you a box when you leave with your baby!) but in the U.S. people think it’s weird. The website explains the history the best so he is an excerpt:
A Baby Box is a Finnish tradition dating back to 1938. In the 1930s, Finland was a poor country and infant mortality was high. Enter: the Baby Box program—a state led initiative to give expectant mothers the tools they need to raise a healthy, happy baby. And, it works! The initiative, which enables every expecting woman in the country to get a Baby Box once she receives prenatal care and parenting information from a healthcare professional, is credited with helping to decrease Finland’s infant mortality rate from 65 deaths for each 1,000 children born in 1938 to 3 deaths per 1,000 births in 2013.
Well, the Batir Family has never been a normal family and we eagerly signed up for our free baby box and mattress and Jake slept in it for the first 4 months of his life until he outgrew it.
This one isn’t the easiest to get (we were DETERMINED). You have to watch a few videos on the BabyBoxCo website that teaches you baby safety and then you have to pick your box up from one of their local partners. It also comes with some free samples so needless to say, we were pumped.
There are more ways to get freebies like diapers and kids books, but these were my favorites and the ones I deemed worthy of my time. No shipping costs, no subscription sign ups. Just all American free stuff! If you find any other cool freebie boxes, let me know! I’ll definitely be signing up again for kid #2 when that happens. ENJOY!