When was the last time you gave diapers much thought? If you have small children in your home, chances are you think about diapers ALL of the time. But beyond those few short years when the average family has children in diapers, nappies just aren’t something most of us think about.
But we should.
Diapers, or rather the lack of them (a situation known as diaper need), is a serious issue, preventing many at-risk families from breaking out of the cycle of poverty. One solution is to donate diapers to these families through local diaper banks, but to understand the importance of that kind act, please consider the following diaper facts:
- Diaper need impacts the physical, mental and economic wellbeing of children and parents.
- Most child care centers require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers (four to six changes during the day).
- Many parents cannot go to work or school if they can’t leave their babies at child care.
- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, at a cost of $70 to $80 or more per month per baby.
- Government safety-net 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.
In response to the significance of helping families experiencing diaper need, the National Diaper Bank Network created a week of awareness, known as National Diaper Need Awareness Week, to help the public understand how they can help families in their community. It will be held this year September 28th to October 3rd.
We would like to invite you to help us support the National Diaper Bank Network in this endeavor – as well as the families we serve – by following us on Facebook and Twitter as we share stories of families impacted by diaper need, facts and figures, and ways that we all can work together to help local families.