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Diaper Need: How You Can Help

By sandymaple |

Until a child can use a toilet, parents must rely on diapers to catch the mess.  But for some, the financial burden of covering baby’s bottom can be insurmountable.

In a study commissioned by Huggies, one in three American mothers admits to struggling to pay for diapers for their baby.  And almost 80% of those moms say that at one time or another, financial circumstances have forced them to choose between buying diapers and paying for other basic necessities.

These statistics are the driving force behind Huggies Every Little Bottom Campaign.

Diapers are a basic necessity and the lack of them can cause emotional distress for both parents and babies.  And as Strollerderby’s own KJ Dell’Antonia points out, while babies don’t need diapers to live, it’s not much of a life when you can’t leave the house due to the lack of them.

Believe me, I know.  I raised my oldest as a single mother with no financial assistance from her absent father.  I often said I felt like I went to work so I could pay daycare so I could go to work to pay daycare.  But the truth is, daycare was only one of the expenses I had to cover before I could go out and earn a living.  Without a supply of diapers, my daughter and I were house-bound.

Now that my kids are older and I am more financially secure, diapers aren’t something I think about much.  But if Huggies can donate 22.5 million diapers to help end diaper need, I think I could spare a few myself.  If you want to help out moms and ensure that every baby has a clean, fresh diaper, visit Huggies Every Little Bottom to learn how.

Image: Spigoo/Flickr

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14 thoughts on “Diaper Need: How You Can Help

  1. Heather says:

    I think it would be better to get these parents cloth diapers and teach them how easy it is to care for them. Much cheaper in the long run, for everybody involved. Plus you never run out unless you forget to wash them.

  2. jenny tries too hard says:

    Heather, that sounds nice but most poor people don’t have a washer/dryer in their home. Taking care of cloth diapers is A LOT less practical when you have to cart them five blocks away, with your kid(s) to a laundromat and pay $1.50 a wash and $2.00 to dry. Also, the working poor often have to use daycare. In some states/counties there are very specific rules for daycares that do not allow cloth diapers.

  3. JCF says:

    @Jenny tries too hard–Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, but in general, MOST people could use cloth diapers without too much difficulty, and it would be much more sustainable to donate a few dozen cloth diapers that a family can use thousands of times than to donate thousands of diapers that can only be used once. We’ve been washing cloth in coin op laundry for almost three years, and it is still cheaper than buying disposables.

  4. Snarky Mama says:

    We also wash out cloth diapers at a laundromat, generally with at least one of our 3 children along to “help.”

    If Huggies was really concerned about this problem, perhaps they can figure out a way to make less expensive diapers…

  5. Laure68 says:

    @Snarky Mama – I recall a post on Strollerderby not too long ago where diapers companies were called evil (or something like that) because they made their diapers too cheap and too absorbent, which made people use them more and kept kids in diapers longer, which was bad for the environment.

  6. Heather says:

    You can also wash out diapers in a sink and hang them on a clothes line, which can be hung in a shower easily and cheaply. As for the daycare, I know some won’t take cloth, but good ones will, and I am sure if you make an issue out of it, almost any daycare would do so as well. At least all of the ones I worked at would.

  7. Tanya says:

    Yeah, I would not donate to a cause that produced more disposable diaper waste, but I would donate to a cause that provided a set of prefolds/covers (hell, or even AIOs) to struggling parents, with support on how to use, wash etc. And what states/counties have rules against daycares accepting cloth diapered children? I’m curious about that.

  8. Snarky Mama says:

    @Laure68: You and I both know there is a difference between “cheap” and “inexpensive.” I was not proposing lesser quality, but just less expensive: ie. what exactly is the profit margin on these diapers?

    That being said, I do cloth diaper, for a myriad of reasons.

    @Tanya is a wonderful organization that donates (or sells very cheaply) cloth diapers to struggling families. I believe Miracle Diapers takes in loved diapers, makes them pretty and then disperses them to low-income families. (A good home for your old diapers, if you don’t consign them when you are done.)

  9. Tanya says:

    @SM: fabulous info – thanks!

  10. Lisa says:

    Great to hear about those charities! More families should use cloth diapers, even if its just part of the time.

  11. anon says:

    these charities are great…I would say that the only ones responsible for keeping kids in diapers longer are the parents, though (don’t blame the absorbency of the diapers!)

  12. PlumbLucky says:

    Most of the centers around us won’t take cloth diapers (of course, they also wanted breast milk sent in bottles so they didn’t have to deal with it, which seemed entirely wasteful)…thankfully our child’s sitter said she’d agree to a trial run (the look on her face was skeptical, I will say) and she is now a convert to the “these things are easy!”.
    Good information SM. I’ll take a look into that once we’re through with child no. 2 in diapers.

  13. Marj says:

    It’s been bugging me all night. Plumb, if you don’t send the breast milk in a bottle, how would they feed it to the baby? I’m not arguing, I’m genuinely curious.
    As for diapers – there are homeless people who cannot use cloth. They could use paper diaper donations. However, if someone has access to a washer & dryer, or even just a washer, cloth donations will go a lot further for less.

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