Diaper Need Facts

Without diapers, babies cannot attend childcare or participate in early childhood education. Without childcare, mothers cannot go to school or work to further their education and provide for their families. Educated women and stable families are critical to solving the larger, systemic problems facing Metropolitan New Orleans.

  • Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry, and healthy.
  • 1 in 3 U.S. moms report suffering from Diaper Need
  • 3 million children under 3 live in poor or low-income families.
  • Diapers can cost $70 to $100 per month, and babies need 6 to 10 diapers per day.
  • 31% of infants and toddlers with at least one parent who works full-time live in low-income families.
  • Diaper need impacts the physical, mental, and economic wellbeing of children and their caregivers.
  • Lack of diapers has a profound and complex impact on families, including health risks like rashes and urinary tract infections for children and mental problems such as stress, anxiety, and depression for parents and children.
  • Low income families are also likely to not have private laundry facilities meaning cloth diapering is not an option for them.
  • Diaper banks help address diaper need by providing diapers to nearly one million infants and toddlers each year.
  • In the last year, JLNO’s Diaper Bank distributed over 500,000 diapers, and that number keeps growing.

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