How to Get Free Baby Clothes

Three Methods:Asking Friends and FamilyExchanging Baby ClothesSigning Up for Free Baby Clothes

Preparing for that new bundle of joy can land many an unsuspecting parent in debt. With as rapidly as your baby can grow, baby clothing may develop into a major expense. Thankfully, there are several methods and resources that a parent can use to get baby clothes for free.

Method 1
Asking Friends and Family

  1. Image titled Get Free Baby Clothes Step 1
    Accept hand-me-downs. Plenty of people hang on to old baby clothes for non-sentimental purposes, and are more than willing to give them away. Let friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers know that you're in need of baby clothes — even if they don't have kids, they might know someone who has baby clothes they'd be willing to give you. Not only that, someone might even have a crib or car seat they no longer need and would be happy to pass on.[1]
    • Ask relatives and friends before asking co-workers and casual acquaintances. People who are closer to you will probably be more eager to help out.
    • Don't limit yourself to asking people who have recently had kids. You can also ask people whose children have long outgrown their baby clothes.
    • Don't be afraid to ask people without kids for help, too. Your best friend may be single and without children, but she may have a brother or sister with five kids and plenty of extra clothes. Even if someone does not have any baby clothes they could donate to you, he or she may know someone that does.
  2. Image titled Get Free Baby Clothes Step 2
    Ask for help. Asking for help can take a toll on one's pride, but is sometimes necessary. Friends and family are more likely to be there for you when times get tough, so express to them that you need help buying baby clothes. Allow them to help you if they are willing to.
    • Hold onto the clothes that your friends and family members buy you. If you have another child, you can re-use these clothes or give them back to friends and family as they have their own children.
  3. Image titled Get Free Baby Clothes Step 3
    Barter for baby clothes. Even if you don't have baby clothes to trade, you can barter other services in exchange for baby clothes. Knowing how to market your skills may be able to help you stock your infant’s closet without spending a penny.
    • If a neighbor down the street had a baby a few months before you, ask her if she would be willing to exchange a few outgrown clothes for a free night of babysitting.
    • If a coworker needs help with a bake sale and you happen to have cooking skills, offer to bake some of your famous cookies in exchange for baby clothes.[2]

Method 2
Exchanging Baby Clothes

  1. Image titled Get Free Baby Clothes Step 4
    Exchange your unused baby clothes. Babies come in all shapes and sizes, and they all grow at completely different paces. Some infants skip the newborn size altogether, and some outgrow their clothes faster than others. Moreover, you may receive an excessive amount of clothes in one size, only to find that your baby cannot cycle through all those clothes before outgrowing them. You might be able to exchange clothes that your baby never wore for clothes in larger sizes.
    • Keep tags on gifted clothes until they are used and ask gift-givers for a gift-receipt when they give you baby clothes.[3]
  2. Image titled Get Free Baby Clothes Step 5
    Take gently used baby clothes to resale shops. Resale shops specialize in buying items that are in good condition and selling them to others at lower-than-new prices. Many of these stores will give you the option of selling for either cash or store credit, and store credit is often a higher amount than you might receive in cash. You can drop your baby’s old, outgrown clothes off and pick some new clothes up for free.
    • In recent years, several national chain shops have opened that focus their efforts on reselling children's clothes and other kids' items. Look online to find your local branches of these national chains, as well as independent shops that specialize in children's resale.[4]
  3. Image titled Get Free Baby Clothes Step 6
    Join swap communities. Online swap communities allow you to exchange items you have for items you need. Oftentimes, you have to worry about shipping and receiving those items without a third party stepping in, but many swap communities give you the option of searching for exchanges in your local area so that you can make the swap in person. There are many swap sites specifically for baby clothing and items.
    • Some of the best swap sites for baby items include:
      • (newborn to size 8)
      • (kids, juniors, and women)
      • (newborn to size 8, plus kids' shoes up to size 3)
      • (clothing and goods)[5]

Method 3
Signing Up for Free Baby Clothes

  1. Image titled Get Free Baby Clothes Step 7
    Register for baby clothes. Soon-to-be moms should always register for gifts for their baby showers. Many register at places such as Target or Wal-Mart. Car seats, strollers, and other big items are important to register for, but there are also many people who would love to buy something for your little one but lack the money to purchase something pricey. Baby clothes are the perfect gift for people on a budget (which, let's face it, many of us are). Register for newborn clothes as well as clothes in 0-3 and 3-6 month sizes.[6]
  2. Image titled Get Free Baby Clothes Step 8
    Look for online contests and giveaways. Visit websites and blogs that are geared at new parents or do an Internet search for "baby clothing giveaways." There are many people and companies who are eager to help, especially if they think that doing so can promote their own store or blog. Some contests may give away clothes, while others will give away gift cards that can be used on clothes.[7]
    • In addition to looking for contests focused on providing baby supplies, you can also search for contests that have nothing to do with babies as long as the award includes a gift card to a department store or another store that sells baby clothes.[8]
  3. Image titled Get Free Baby Clothes Step 9
    Contact charitable organizations. If you're in a difficult financial situation and you cannot afford baby clothes, you may qualify to receive help from numerous charitable organizations. Church charities can be extremely helpful to individuals going through a rough time, and you may also be able to get free baby clothes from secular charities, as well. Look online to find the charities near you.[9]
    • Contact local community organizations for low-income or teen mothers. A Chamber of Commerce or town hall may be able to give you a list. These groups will give you used clothing that has been donated. When your baby outgrows them, you can pay it forward by donating them and other clothes back.


  • Coupons and sales are also valuable resources for the new parent on a budget. You may not be able to get clothes for free using these methods, but getting them for cheap is still better than paying full price.


  • Be careful about scammers who peruse free swap community boards and blogs. Offers that seem “too good to be true” usually aren’t. Moreover, if you are making a swap in person with someone you met online, do so in a public place with plenty of people around to ensure your own safety.

Article Info

Categories: Babies and Infants