Get Your Freebies!
When Sue Hannah, author of the new book, Free Stuff For Baby!, first found out she was expecting twins, she was excited about her double blessings, but understandably nervous, feeling the financial strain that goes along with being a new parent. After being taken aback by an article she read in a parenting magazine that discussed the staggering costs involved in raising a child, Hannah got busy.
She contacted almost every company that manufactured baby items, made several phone calls, scoured through parenting magazines and searched the internet till the wee hours of the morning to find out what kind of help was available to new and expecting parents. She was surprised to find out that many companies offered free things to new and expecting parents -- and with no obligation to buy anything!
She received hundreds of dollars worth of fabulous freebies for herself and her babies, including free diapers, baby wipes, baby food, baby bibs, bottles, free gift packs, parenting starter kits, free parenting videos and software, coupons, parenting books and magazines, and tons of free samples in the mail, all from well-known companies like Huggies, Gerber, Heinz, Nestl? Carnation, Johnson & Johnson, and many more.
"It was really exciting to receive free stuff in the mail", says Hannah. "These companies were eager to respond to my requests for free samples and promotional items and within a couple of weeks of contacting them, my mailbox was flooded with valuable free stuff -- the kind of stuff that a new mom can really use. I could hardly wait to see what my mailman brought me in the mail each day! I filled up three large storage bins with free stuff for my twins, and saved a ton of money!"
After receiving a flood of free stuff in the mail, Hannah decided to compile her contacts and listings into a book, consisting of toll-free numbers parents could call to request free items, company addresses where parents could write to request free stuff, as well as Internet web sites where parents could register online to request free stuff for themselves and their babies.
"I don't think parents realize that there are so many companies out there who offer this type of help to new and expecting parents," Hannah says. "I wanted to make parents aware of all of the incredible offers that were out there and available to them for free. Parents will also benefit from the enormous support and free resources that are listed throughout the book as well, including the listing of government agencies who offer free financial assistance and support to parents, Internet freebies, the huge listing of parenting resources and support groups, as well as valuable tips and advice on how parents can save even more money on the cost of raising a child."
Don't think that this is the last that you'll hear from Hannah, either. She is currently working on the second edition of Free Stuff For Baby!, which should be available in 2005 in all major bookstores.
Top 10 companies that offer baby freebies
When contacting these companies, ask to be put on their mailing list to receive free promotional items for new and expecting parents. If you are expecting multiples, be sure to mention that in your correspondence with them.
1. Procter & Gamble (Pampers)
In the United States or Canada, call (800) 543-0480, (800) 726-7377
US web site: www.Pampers.com (click on "JoinPampers.com")
Canadian web site: www.Pampers.ca (click on "coupons and special offers")
2. Kimberly-Clark Corporation (Huggies)
In the United States or Canada, call (800) 544-1847
4. Nestl? Carnation Infant Nutrition
In the United States, call (800) 242-5200
In Canada, call (800) 387-5536
US web site: www.verybestbaby.com
Canadian web site: www.nestle.ca (click on "Good Start Magazine")
5. Similac Welcome Addition Club
In the United States, call (800) BABYLINE
In Canada, call 800-518-CLUB
www.welcomeaddition.com (click on "Join the Club")
6. Mead Johnson Nutritionals
In the United States, call: (800) BABY-123
In Canada, call (800) 361-6323
US web site: www.meadjohnson.com (click on "Nutrition For You", then "Enfamil Family of Formulas")
Canadian web site: www.enfalac.ca/en/steps/program.html (click on "Enfamil First Connections")
7. Gerber Products Company
In the United States & Canada, call (800) 4GERBER
US web site: www.gerber.com/special
Canadian web site: www.gerbercanada.com
8. HJ Heinz Company
In the United States, call (800) USA-BABY
In Canada, call (800) 565-2100
9. Associated Hygenic Products (Drypers)
PO Box 8830
Vancouver, WA 98666-8830
In the United States or Canada, call (888) 639-5863
10. PBM Products Inc. (America's Store Brand Infant Formulas)
In the United States, call (800) 485-9969