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.
- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, and toddlers need about eight.
- Disposable diapers cost up to $100 per month per baby.
- Despite being a basic hygiene need, diapers are not covered by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly “food stamps”) or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). They are classified with cigarettes, alcohol, and pet food as disallowed purchases.
- Almost 30% of low-income women with children in diapers can’t afford an adequate supply of them, forcing many families to make one or two diapers last the whole day.
- 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.
- National Diaper Bank Network
- The HUGGIES® Every Little Bottom
- The 2010 HUGGIES® Every Little Bottom Study conducted in partnership with two leading academics and surveying 2,500 moms with babies in diapers in the U.S. and Canada
- US News and World Report article published May 12, 2016: “Here’s Why Poor Families Pay More for Diapers“
- White House Report from Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, published March 10, 2016: “The Diaper Divide“
- Forbes, published August 28, 2015: “Barrier To Entry: How Diaper Need Isolates Parents“
- The Atlantic article, published July 21, 2015: “The Diaper Dilemma“
- Los Angeles Times article, published August 11, 2014: “The Shocking Link Between Diapers for Poor Babies and Jobs for Moms”
- Pediatrics, the Official Journal of the Academy of Pediatrics, published July 29, 2013: “Diaper Need and Its Impact on Child Health”
- MSN News article: “Lack of Diapers Can Cause Serious Problems for Families,” published September 22, 2013