I remember when Jack was little and I would run out of diapers. We couldn’t leave the house without diapers on the baby, so one of us would have to run to the store while the other dug through diaper bags, picked through the back seat of the car, and scoured the playroom in hopes of finding a clean diaper. To make it worse, we lived more than 20 minutes away from the nearest store, meaning it would be at least 45 minutes before I could get a clean and dry diaper back on baby.
Those were not fun times! The thing is, though, it only happened every now and then. It wasn’t my daily reality to not have a stack of clean diapers on-hand.
I’ve partnered with AWHONN to host a diaper drive and bring diaper need awareness to my community. My hope is that you’ll consider donating diapers to help a baby experiencing diaper need – read on to see how you can help, and please download a copy of my free printable guide to cloth diapers as a thank you for reading this post!
Here are some staggering facts for you:
1 in 3 US families experience diaper need and do not have enough diapers to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy.
Some families are forced to dry and reuse soiled diapers.
Moms told researchers from Yale University that not having enough diapers for their child was more stressful than not having a place to live or having enough food.
Many daycares require parents to supply a week’s-worth of diapers. For families that don’t have a diaper stash, this can mean that mom can’t return to work.
SO. What can you do about it?
I’ll be collecting diapers for Diaper Need Awareness Week, which runs September 26-October 2, 2016.