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Diaper Need Awareness Week Sept 8-14 #diaperneed

Posted by Julie on 9/8/2014 to Cloth vs. Disposables
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Sept 8-14 is Diaper Need Awareness Week

Diaper Need Awareness Week is Sept 8-14 with the purpose of bringing attention to the fact that potentially millions of babies nationwide are going without a sufficient supply of clean diapers.

What constitutes diaper need?

Diaper need is defined as "lacking enough diapers to keep baby clean, dry and healthy." According to PR Newswire an estimated 5.6 million babies and toddlers in the US live among families considered low income, many of whom experience diaper need.

The problem, although 1 in 3 families experience diaper need and qualify for government assistance, there currently are no programs in place to assist those families in maintaining an adequate supply of diapers.

Families lacking an adequate supply of diapers have to resort to changing baby less often, attempting to reuse disposable diapers or make the choice between groceries and gas money or diapers.

While several states are working towards possible government assistance for diapers, there are currently no states with a funded diaper assistance program similar to WIC or EBT cards for purchasing diapers.

Diaper Need Awareness Week promotes the donation of diapers to diaper banks nationwide. Diaper Banks collect diapers and distribute to families in need.

Currently diapers typically distributed to those in need are disposable in nature but the cloth diaper industry led by Real Diaper Association and organizations like Giving Diapers Giving Hope, Share the Love and others are promoting the use of cloth as a viable option for those experiencing diaper need.

Donations of any and all kinds to any diaper bank, disposable or cloth, is appreciated. No baby should go without changing in order to save diapers or money, every baby and toddler deserves clean, dry and sanitary diapers.

For more information on how you can donate please visit the following resources.

Resources for Diaper Need

Giving Diapers Giving Hope

Share the Love by Cotton Babies

The Rebecca Foundation

National Diaper Bank Network

Cloth for Every Bum, Diaper Bank Locator

Comments

Date 9/8/2014
Erin B.
So great that you are getting the information and resources out there for people so that more families can get the help that they need!
Date 9/9/2014
lesley Wickham
I have many that need homes. Genius ,thirst, sandy all xs and sm. I am located in Keystone heights FL
Date 9/9/2014
Bianca Munoz
I sent my two to GDGH today :)
Date 9/11/2014
Anna S.
Wow, it's weird and sad to think of someone reusing a disposable diaper. This is why cloth diapers are so great and would help so much for these families. Specifically, this remind me of the flats diaper challenge that occurs on youtube.
Date 9/11/2014
Andrea Slagle
This is so sad! Thanks for the info. I haven't even thought about this before.
Date 9/12/2014
Katy Baird
I fully intend on donating my diapers once I no longer need them- whether as a gift to a friend or through the services listed above. I was very fortunate to know well in advance that I wanted to cloth diaper & shopped around for several months before finding what I could afford. Now we are slowly building up our stash ( and trying to win as many as possible (-: )
Date 9/17/2014
Andrea Humphries
I recently saw a news story about a disposable diaper bank, and it made me really sad. It is so much simpler to keep a baby supplied with cloth diapers than disposables.
Date 9/18/2014
Melissa S
Thanks for helping raise awareness about this issue. I will be sending diapers to Giving Diapers Giving Hope and also try to donate disposables regularly to my local Care Pregnancy Center, which helps women in need.
Date 9/18/2014
Anel
What a great cause! Even though I am new to cloth diapers and just starting to accumulate my stash, I donated two diapers to the cause! Two because I am a twin! Thanks!
Date 9/22/2014
Alicia C.
Thanks for bringing this need to everyone's attention. I never thought about someone being in the situation of choosing between food, shelter, or clean diapers, or not being able to work because daycare wouldn't take a mom-potty trained child. Will be making a donation of diapers and cash to our local diaper bank or women's shelter.
Date 3/10/2015
Theresa Hover
It is so sad that many families can not afford diapers. I think the Giving Diapers Giving Hope organization is great because rather than providing a temporary fix, people could receive enough diapers to get their child through potty training. It's like the old wisdom of teaching a man to fish rather than giving a fish.
Date 4/13/2015
Sarah Elyce
When I became aware of this situation, it really saddened me- for the babies. I tried to step up and help in my local community but, unfortunately, had one problem after the next of people taking advantage of me and even lying to me. :( I really wanted to help the babies but the parents made it nearly impossible.

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