What is diaper need?

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.

What is the diaper gap?

Disposable diapers cost between $70 and $80 a month, which is 6% of the gross income of a parent working at minimum wage. Of the 11 million children under the age of 3 in the United States, 47% live in poor or low income families. Purchasing diapers from big box stores or online subscriptions are not always viable options due to lack of transportation or internet access. For these families, having to choose between diapers and other necessities such as food and clothing can be a harsh reality.

Isn’t there government assistance for diapers?

Despite diapers being a necessity for babies, there are no direct government assistance programs that provide diapers. Diaper banks, food banks, social service agencies and community and faith based groups are attempting to fill this need.

Why not use cloth diapers?

Although cloth diapers are a great option and can be a cost savings of over $1,000 per year, not all families have access to much needed washers and dryers to keep them clean. Not all laundry mats will allow cloth diapers due to sanitation concerns. Day care facilities also may not accept cloth diapers, requiring parents to supply disposable diapers for their child each day.

What are the health risks of diaper need?

Babies left in dirty diapers are more likely to develop diaper rash and urinary tract infections. There’s also a direct correlation to child abuse, as these babies are cranky and more difficult to console, adding additional stress to already stressed parents. There are also links between diaper need and maternal depression, which in turn can have affect on both the emotional well-being of children and even academic performance.

How do diaper banks help?

Diaper banks are the store houses that supply diapers to partner agencies who then distribute the diapers to families in need. While the diaper bank supplies diapers to the community, it relies on others to hold diaper drives and to provide monetary and in-kind donations. Many diaper banks provide both disposable and cloth diaper resources and education. There are over 280 diaper banks in the National Diaper Bank Network, supplying over 120 million diapers to families in need.

How Is Necessitees.co helping close the #DiaperGap?

Necessitees.co donates a percentage of each sale to our local diaper bank, Diaper Bank of the Ozarks or Clear Charity.

Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, located in Springfield, Missouri, is a member of both the National Diaper Bank Network and The Real Diaper Association. Diaper Bank of the Ozarks has helped over 25,000 babies by distributing more than 900,000 disposable diapers and 125 cloth diaper starter kits to 35 partner agencies.

Clear Charity provides two programs that give free and subsidized (50% of wholesale price) diapers to low income families. They also help those who do not qualify for the low income program but still need assistance. Beyond providing diapers, Clear Charity also focuses on programs for victims of domestic violence and is a member of the No More Alliance. See more details on how Clear Charity is helping to end diaper need at CloseTheDiaperGap.org.

If you're an organization who provides diapers to families in need and would like to partner with us, contact karina@necessitees.co. We would love to work with you! 

What else can I do to help?

Visit the National Diaper Bank Network for information on how to Get Involved and Ways to Give.