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What is diaper need?

The lack of a sufficient supply of disposable diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy.

America’s babies are being shortchanged.
  • With 5.8 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger living in poor or low-income families.
  • Disposable diapers costing up to $100 per month per baby, and diapers cannot be purchased through any government assistance program.
  • One out of 3 families struggle to buy diapers.
  • Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large discount store can double or triple the monthly cost.
  • For sanitary reasons, coin-operated laundromats often don’t allow customers to wash cloth diapers.
  • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about eight.
  • Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps, and are classified with cigarettes, alcohol and pet food as disallowed purchases.
The consequences of diaper need are astonishing
  • Babies who remain too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risks.
  • Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day's supply of disposable diapers.
  • Cloth diapers are not accepted at the vast majority of child care centers.
  • Many parents cannot go to work or school if they can’t leave their babies at child care.
Help spread the word.

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