Diaper need is a silent crisis in the United States. Diapers are a basic need for children, as essential to their health and well-being as food and shelter. Yet nearly 1 in 3 families in America struggle to afford diapers for their children.
The Bottom Line
* Food Stamps cannot be used for diapers.
* Diapers cost up to $100-150 per month, per baby.
* Many parents have to choose between buying food or diapers.
* Wearing a diaper for too long jeopardizes a baby’s health.
* Childcare centers require parents to provide a day’s supply of diapers (8 – 10 per day).
* Babies without diapers are turned away from childcare.
* Parents without access to childcare can’t go to work.
* Lack of diaper access can lead to tension in the home.
* Tension in the home can lead to child abuse and neglect.