Why cloth diapers aren’t the answer #DiaperNeed


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 #DiaperNeedNo 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.

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7 Responses to Why cloth diapers aren’t the answer #DiaperNeed
  1. Karen - Desert Chica
    September 10, 2014 | 2:11 PM

    I love supporting our local Diaper Bank. The need is huge and I just can’t imagine having to chose between food and diapers!
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    • cori
      Twitter: Corisbigmouth
      September 10, 2014 | 3:07 PM

      It’s a painful decision that sadly many parents have to make :(

  2. Becca
    Twitter: beccaludlum
    September 12, 2014 | 8:56 AM

    I love this infographic. Cloth diapering is great-for some people. It’s definitely not for everyone :-/

  3. Manu Kalia
    September 14, 2014 | 8:55 PM

    Great infograph, now that’s a lot of diapers demand now. My friend needs to read this.
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  4. Honey Goode
    September 15, 2014 | 2:11 AM

    Thanks for sharing this information. I would agree that cloth diaper is not for everyone!

  5. Sophie Bowns
    September 15, 2014 | 4:08 AM

    Gosh, I didn’t know half of this!
    They are better for the environment, but seem like so much fuss/ hassle.

  6. Benson Wong
    September 15, 2014 | 11:22 AM

    I remember seeing on Dirty Jobs an episode where Mike Rowe stopped by people’s homes, dropping a fresh collection of diapers, then collecting the dirty diapers. He couriered them to the cleaning facility, where they sort and cleaned them. You can see where I am getting with this. What if the parents fronted the cost of cloth diapers at a daycare center? A good compromise leaves both parties happy that they won something.
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