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Adopting and adoptive families often feel at a disadvantage when it comes to obtaining the many free samples, discounts, and coupons for baby- and child-related products that are readily available to parents expecting in the biological way.
Web-savvy adopting parents will usually make the various companies' Web sites their first stop, however, these can present difficulties.
Signing up for new baby product samples and coupons at most company Web sites means giving a due date. Many adopting parents don't have this information, and many are adopting children who may still need diapers, formula, and baby foods, but who will not be newborns.
As one woman remarked after signing up at a company site, "They want a due date... which I, of course don't have, so I made a date up. Now I am getting all kinds of pregnancy updates... and throwing them away."
There are solutions.