As a mother of two girls who are 21 months apart, I know what it's like to go through diapers at lightening speed! In fact, there was a moment in my life where I felt like I could put the job of Professional Diaper Changer on my resume!
Diapers are not a luxury, but a necessity for our little ones. Unless you are living through the journey of diapers, a person may not fully realize just how much of a financial strain diapers can be for a family. I get it and I encourage you to put yourself in the shoes of families who may find themselves unable to afford diapers for their baby. What would you do?
Fortunately, The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Diaper Bank Network, has launched its Burgh Baby Diaper Drive for the month of February. Here are 10 reasons why I am teaming up with Diary of a First Time Mom to support the #BurghBaby Diaper Drive:
- 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.
- 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.
While these facts, provided by The National Diaper Bank Network, are truly heartbreaking, there is hope and it starts with YOU and ME! The #BurghBaby Diaper Drive's goal is to collect 50,000 diapers (or funds to buy them) to sustain local families in need over the winter months. You can host a min-diaper drive, collecting diapers from family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. If you collect a large amount, The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank will pick them up! I also urge you to share the #BurghBaby Diaper Drive flyer below via social media (be sure to use #BurghBaby), or print it off and share face-to-face.
For more information, or to donate cash, please visit www.westernpennsylvaniadiaperbank.org/diaper-drives/burgh-baby-diaper-drive/.