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There’s a problem nationwide that I think doesn’t get enough coverage, no one seems to talk about it. Diapers. Did you know that 1 in 3 American families nationwide struggle to diaper their baby or toddler? Babies, especially newborns go through a lot of diapers, and they add up in cost. On average, a child needs 6 to 10 diapers a day, which can cost anywhere from $60-80 a month! Some families can only afford half of that, or even less. So what happens if they can’t afford more? They let baby/toddler wear a soiled diaper longer, reuse them after they’ve dried, and some even turn them inside out. Desperate times calls for desperate measures right? No one should have to face this situation, especially a helpless child.
When we had my oldest daughter, we were barely making it with the bills we had to pay. We weren’t poor, but unfortunately we had a lot of debt, which ate up all of our money. We were living paycheck to paycheck, and some months we actually had to use a credit card to purchase groceries. We made too much money for any kind of financial assistance because they didn’t take into account all of our debt. We had debt from when we were younger, and we were now paying for it, and we didn’t want our daughter to have to either. We knew we couldn’t go without diapers for her, or formula (I had tried breastfeeding with no success.) I had visited food banks, churches for their food pantry, and even some churches gave us clothing, but every where I went, no one had diapers available. Every once in awhile some churches would give us a gift card to the store just so we could purchase diapers for our daughter. You don’t know how thankful I was during those times.
Thankfully now there seem to be more and more diaper banks popping up all over. This week is diaper awareness week, and I’m trying to help spread the word about something I’m very passionate about. Now that my family is able to, we are always helping others and giving as much as possible, and we love donating to our local diaper bank. Knowing that we’re helping keep a baby clean, dry and healthy, is such a great feeling.
Without clean diapers, babies are more prone to rashes, infections, extra visits to the pediatrician’s office, and in the most extreme cases, hospitalization. Let’s get those babies without diapers the chance they need to be clean. Donate!
Healthy Mom&Baby magazine, the nurses of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Kimberly-Clark, and the National Diaper Bank Network are partnering for Diaper Need Awareness Week and asking that you donate diapers to families in need in your community from now through October 4th, 2015. Have you thought about donating to your local diaper bank? Find your local diaper bank here.
Please make a difference and go to DiaperDrive.org to donate TODAY.
Have you or someone you know had a lack of diaper supply? Would they have benefited from a diaper bank?
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