Imagine if you couldn’t afford to properly diaper your child. There are countless moms who have to scrimp and save just to keep a clean diaper on their child, and some of them can’t, so they resort to leaving their babies in dirty diapers longer than usual. Consequently, more babies are suffering from diaper rash.
One state aims to change that.
Tomorrow is “Diaper Need Awareness Day” in the state of Connecticut. Gov. Dan Malloy proclaimed the day as part of a campaign by The Nutmeg State with the intention of pressuring Washington into providing free diapers to low-income families.
This movement comes on the heels of Rep. Rosa DeLauro working to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 which helps low-income mothers pay for day care services. DeLauro wants the funding to include diapers and diaper supplies. She estimates that families pay about $100 a month for diapers which is simply too expensive for many struggling families:
“No family should have to choose between buying diapers for their child or buying groceries – but that is exactly what is happening today,” DeLauro said in a statement. “Diapers are expensive, but necessary, to keep children health and in daycare, giving their parents the freedom they need to work.”
A recent survey backed up their assertions and maintained that more parents are cutting back on diapers because they can’t afford the expense. But the move for the government to provide diapers is a hot button issue. Many parents feel that people shouldn’t have kids they can’t take care of and they are against the idea of providing anything else to lower income parents. But isn’t that idea a tad judgmental and doesn’t it focus on the adults in the scenario rather than the babies that need the diapers?
I don’t have a problem with people on government assistance receiving diapers as part of the package. If a family is needy enough to qualify for it, why should people who don’t need it object? Wouldn’t it be nice if one or more of the larger companies made a deal with the government to supply diapers at a mass discount to keep costs down? When it comes to an item like diapers, which directly affects babies, I don’t think it should be a question.