Disclosure: I’ve teamed up with Diary of a First Time Mom and this information and images are used with her permission. Questions regarding this project can be directed via email to Heather Hopson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally, when I told Heather of diaryofafirsttimemom.com I’d team up with her efforts to gather support for drive to get diapers for families in need, I told her I’d just toss up a guest post and some tweets. I’m busy creating two babies that need diapers, you know. Selfish me was also too busy searching for diaper fluff (the cloth that’s on the right up there) because I could. But if you remember one of the reasons why I am choosing to cloth diaper…it’s because diapers are EXPENSIVE. It’s time to shut up the selfish “I don’t have time to really help” voice and give you some info.
According to the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank:
- Babies need 6-10 diapers a day. They cost $18 per week on average per child
- 1 in 3 families in America struggles to afford diapers for their children
Because of this, some parents leave their kids in soiled diapers for longer than they should, which leads to health risks. Did you know WIC funds can’t be used for diaper purchases, either? This really puts a strain on families trying to make ends meet.
Even as a middle-class mom, I’m faced with how the heck am I going to do this. How am I going to keep two in diapers? And I think back to when I was a single mom on a teacher’s salary. Thank goodness for friends and family who gifted me diapers. Arianna went through a lot with her allergies and I would’ve been drowning even further in debt today if I didn’t have that help. But not everyone has that, and not everyone can go cloth (because there are other costs and needs associated with that choice), so there has to be an answer.
Places like the Diaper Bank exist to help out, but they can’t do it alone. They need supporters who will give back to our smallest citizens. There are a few ways you can help:
- Have your own Diaper Drive by either collecting diapers (any size accepted, but greatest need is for sizes 3 and up) or cash to purchase the diapers. Gather up your network and help out the babies.
- Donate to the drive that Diary of a First Time Mom put together with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank now through February 28. The goal is to gather 50,000 diapers. You can help by dropping off at sites listed here or donating to the cause by clicking this button:
- On social media? Retweet this or share this post with your friends.
A ‘lil bit can go a long way. Let’s see what good we can do together.