Don't get me wrong, I was exceedingly grateful for those things. Baby messes are something special, that's for sure. But between diapers, wipes, creams, ointments, new sheets and sleepers, stain remover, and sweat equity, the expense of it all is fairly extreme. It can put a heavy burden on families. No one should ever wonder how they're going to keep their baby clean in 2017, but here we are. In the United States, there is no government program available that pays for diapers. WIC and food stamps only cover nutrition, leaving families in the lurch when it comes to basics like diapers, wipes, and feminine hygiene products. In some states, they're even a taxable good, which seems to be just an insult to injury, but there you have it.
It is not clear if consumer products containing talcum powder increase cancer risk. Studies of personal use of talcum powder have had mixed results, although there is some suggestion of a possible increase in ovarian cancer risk. There is very little evidence at this time that any other forms of cancer are linked with consumer use of talcum powder.
Talc-free powders are made with products such as corn or tapioca starch, arrowroot or rice powder, baking soda, and kaolin or bentonite clay. These all have bigger particles than talcum powder, meaning that they are less likely to be inhaled or absorbed into the body. In addition, these products are all non-carcinogenic and are unlikely to cause any kind of allergic response.
Medical institutions such as the doctor’s offices and hospitals frequently get free samples of diapers from manufacturers to distribute to patients. Since those samples are usually samples of new products, there is no guarantee of what types or sizes are available, but if you call local doctors and hospitals in your area, you can find out what’s currently available.
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Free sample of 2 different types of Huggies diapers, including Huggies Dry (for healthier skin that's dry), Huggies Ultra, Huggies Dry Pants (for a more active baby), and Huggies Ultra Pants, which are gender specific. The Dry and Ultra's a good for newborn babies, whereas the Dry Pants work up to 16KG (so for toddlers too). The one is only good in Malaysia.

Baby companies give out a ton of free baby samples but only if they know you're out there and have a baby. If there's a company that makes a baby product you'd like to try, you should visit their website and register your information with them. This way when the baby companies decide to send out free baby samples, they'll automatically send one out to you.

**Please note: Some people are opposed to using essential oils when caring for children and babies. I've found that most popular natural baby skincare lines use them safely and successfully for their healing and sensory qualities and have chosen to do so as well. This is something for you to research yourself and decide what is best for you and your baby.
Why talc free? There is some controversy regarding the safety of talcum powder. Back in the day, it contained asbestos (a known carcinogen), but from the 70's forward, all talc used in bath and body products in the US is asbestos free. So what's the issue? Some believe that even the asbestos free talc is carcinogenic and studies have been unable to prove otherwise.  Bits from the American' Cancer Society's page "Talcum Powder and Cancer" like this:

Fat and The Moon Lavender & Cocoa Dry Shampoo is perfect for light brown to dark brown or black tresses. The shampoo is made of cocoa powder, arrowroot starch, kaolin clay, and lavender essential oil. It's easy to apply to the hair root. Simply part your hair and apply the powder using a brush. Beware of the seductive combination of lavender and chocolate – it might send you on a chocolate binge!
“At the Diaper Bank of Central Arizona, we collect money, diapers, and wipes from the public and then we partner with around 30 non-profits around the Phoenix metro area whom we give our diapers to. They then go on to hand those diapers out in one of two ways. 1.) Our partners give out emergency supplies of diapers that last usually around 2 days. 2.) Other agencies we work with take on families as part of their normal case management, and they provide diapers for a longer period of time so long as that family is in their program.”
Currently, Baby Box University is available state-wide in Alabama, Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. It’s offered in several more states on a county by county basis. Check here for the latest list of participating states. Or, check with your doctor, hospital or county/city service divisions or email The Baby Box to find out if it’s available in your area.
Children's Council provides free diaper supply monthly to families utilizing CalWORKs in San Francisco. If you have an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, you can bring your card to one of 15 locations and you'll receive six packs of diapers each month per child under the age of three. Also, try Googling "Diaper Bank" plus your city name - there are many programs around the country and they usually use the phrase diaper bank to describe their offering.
Essential Oils – I like chamomile (Roman or German) and lavender essential oil for this DIY Baby Powder. They are two of the only essential oils considered safe for use with babies and also have wonderful anti-inflammatory and soothing properties when used on skin. Note: Essential oil use is not recommended for babies under 3 months of age because their skin is not yet mature, therefore making it more sensitive to essential oils.
We know from our own experience that checking out baby magazines is a highly effective way to find free offers. Many baby product companies are eager to get new customers by letting them try the products before they buy, and a baby magazine is the best place to find their target audience. So even if you don’t subscribe, pick up a few baby magazines at the checkout counter and see what you can find!

Essential Oils – I like chamomile (Roman or German) and lavender essential oil for this DIY Baby Powder. They are two of the only essential oils considered safe for use with babies and also have wonderful anti-inflammatory and soothing properties when used on skin. Note: Essential oil use is not recommended for babies under 3 months of age because their skin is not yet mature, therefore making it more sensitive to essential oils.


The Diaper Bank of Greater Atlanta, 2774 North Cobb Pkwy. Ste. 109-353, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152, phone (404) 910-3242. Both Fulton County low income families and residents of metro Atlanta can receive assistance in the form of free diapers, baby wipes, referrals, and meals. There is also help for DeKalb County families. More free diapers in Atlanta.
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