1 in 3 families struggle with diaper need
5.6 million babies and toddlers under the age of 3 live in poor and low-income families
Government programs do not recognize diapers as a basic need
Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps, and are classified with cigarettes, alcohol and pet food as disallowed purchases
Diaper need impacts the physical, mental and economic well being of children and parents
In today’s society cloth diapering has become an international phenomenon. Passionate parents are quick to tell you cloth diapering is an excellent way to save money, protect your child from chemicals, be environmentally responsible, and chic! Who wouldn’t want to do that?
As great as cloth diapering sounds, financially struggling families often don’t have that option. Sure it sounds like a fantastic way to save money by using reusable diapers, but there are implications that make it near impossible for many families.
Did you know:
- Most childcare centers will NOT take a child in cloth diapers and requires parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers
- Most Laundromats will not allow cloth diapers to be washed in their machines
- If you have in-home laundry it still is expensive as cloth diapering requires extra electricity, water and detergent
Cloth diapering is extremely difficult for a working parent if you couldn’t send your child to daycare or struggle keep the diapers clean. Diaper need impacts the physical, mental and economic wellbeing of both the child and the parents. A baby sitting in a soiled diaper not only causes a cranky baby at risk for health problems, but also a stressed out parent.
While cloth diapering may not be the answer for ending diaper need it is a great option for many families.
This week is Diaper Need Awareness Week where #DiaperNeed is given a national platform to talk about the hardships American families in need endure. The National Diaper Bank Network put out a fantastic infographic showing diaper need in the US:
Diaper need is REAL and can’t be fought alone, we need YOUR help to spread the word about #DiaperNeed! No baby should not have a clean diaper and no parent should feel as though they need to “stretch” diaper changes so they can send their child to daycare. I challenge YOU to do something to help!
- Tweet and/or share on Facebook about #DiaperNeed
- Host a diaper drive to collect diapers for a neighborhood diaper bank or food bank
- Donate money (hint, hint Eastside Baby Corner, the fabulous non-profit and proud NDBN member that I work for!) to a diaper bank or food bank to purchase diapers
Join in the conversation and help gain awareness of diaper need.