As a mum, I know all too well how frustrating it is to spend money on expensive baby products that either wind up in the bin, or buried in a box of baby paraphernalia never to be used again.
That's why FREE baby samples are so brilliant!
To have the chance to trial products before buying can save you a lot of cash, so to help out our fellow mums, we've rounded up all the companies that will happily offer up some freebies to new Aussie parents.
Free Nappy Samples in Australia
Nappies aren't cheap, and there are few things more frustrating than buying a rather enormous pack of nappies, only to find that they don't work for you or Bub.
By taking advantage of the free nappy samples below, you can actually test out brands you may not otherwise think to buy, or even know exist. Plus, trying out new brands can be particularly handy if you have a Bub with very sensitive skin, or who is fussy about nappies.
Huggies will send you a sample of whichever product you choose, at no cost to you.
While the product options do vary throughout the year, common options include Huggies Little Swimmers, and Huggies DryNites, and given that both of these are expensive nappies, the sample is the perfect way to try them out without buying a pack.
To get your free Huggies sample, all you need to do is sign up to the Huggies Club online. Once they they have your details, your nappy sample will be posted out to you.
BabyLove will send you one free sample of a product of your choice at absolutely no cost to you.
The beauty of the BabyLove sample offer is that it includes its three major styles of nappies: BabyLove CosiFit Nappies, Nappy Pants and SleepyNights Pants.
If you have a Bub who has just started walking, you might be thinking about transitioning from CosiFits to Nappy Pants. By grabbing a free sample, you can give them a whirl before investing in a box.
To get your free BabyLove sample, all you have to do is fill out the online form. By doing so, you'll probably receive the odd promotional email from BabyLove.
Ecoriginals nappies are Australian designed and developed, and given that they are no less than 80 per cent biodegradable, and have completely compostable packaging, they are one of the most earth-friendly nappies around. They can be pricey, though, so if you don't want to invest in a full-sized nappy bundle, it's definitely worth taking advantage of the Ecoriginals free nappy trial.
The trial pack is only available to new customers, and includes one pack of nappies (in your chosen size), and one pack of wipes, enough to last around five days of use. While you won't pay a penny for the products, you will have to pay postage and handling of $17.95.
To get your free Ecoriginals sample, just add the trial pack to your cart and checkout as usual. Note: You will automatically be enrolled to receive a regular monthly packs unless you cancel your account after your free-trial order.
Another earth-friendly nappy is Eco by Naty, which you might have noticed in Coles or Woolies alongside the dominant Huggies and BabyLove varieties. They are made from natural and renewable materials, with no nasty chemicals or fragrances, they are definitely a product worth testing out.
Eco by Naty offers a free trial box to interested customers, in which you receive ten nappies in your chosen size. While you won't pay for the product, you will have to pay postage and handling of $7.99.
To get your free trial box of Eco by Naty nappies, just add the sample to cart and follow the checkout process.
Free Baby Formula Samples in Australia:
Simply fill out your details on the web form and you'll be sent out a sample of either S-26 GOLD Toddler or S-26 GOLD Junior milk drinks to try out.
By filling out the request form on the Oli6 website, you will be sent three sachets of Oli6 Dairy Goat Toddler Milk Drink (sachets). This is a great way to sample goat milk and its suitability for your little one.
Free General Baby Samples in Australia:
Nature's Child is an online store that specialises in organic baby and maternity products. Provided you purchase something first, Nature's Child invites shoppers to request samples in the comments area when checking out.
Cherub Baby will send out samples of popsicle ice block pouches, baby food pouches or breast milk storage bags provided you purchase Cherub Baby spoons or spouts from Chemist Warehouse first in order to claim the offer.
Gaia will send out samples of Baby Bath & Body Wash, Sleeptime Bath, Hair & Body Wash, Baby Shampoo, Baby Moisturiser and Belly Butter provided you send in a stamped, self-addressed envelope for your goodies.
The BaoBag is a FREE, reusable calico bag that is distributed to to new mums only through hospitals, care givers and health centres in Australia. It contains lots of sample goodies such as baby balms, organic baby good and even laundry powder. If you are pregnant, make sure to request one from your care giver.
Like the BaoBag, the Bountry Bag is a cloth bag that is given out to mothers-to-be and new mums through health care centres and hospitals in Australia. It contains excellent product samples including creams and nappies. Make sure you get yours! (Sometimes chemists have these in stock as well.)
Zapals is a huge international online store that sells all manner of products, including baby products. Keep tabs on the FREEBIEScategory on the homepage, there are always at least a few baby-related products on offer at no cost, although you will have to pay a small shipping cost. (Make sure you change the currency to AUD when browsing Zapals.)
How To Get Free Baby Samples From Brands
Many Australian brands are quite receptive to requests for product samples, particularly if you take the time to explain what you'd like to sample, and offer to cover the postage costs.
Drop them an email, or message brands through their Facebook pages. There's no harm in trying, and plenty of mums score some excellent samples this way!
Do you know any more places we've missed? Let us know in the comments below.