And so the adventure begins… surely this is what runs through a new parents’ mind as their baby enters the world. Some begin to worry about teaching their child manners, saving for college, and what to do when their child starts dating. However the first worry for some parents–primarily mothers–is whether or not they will have diapers for their baby once they leave the hospital. One in three families struggle to buy diapers for their children. Diapers are very expensive, a baby will use about 10-12 diapers a day that could cost about $120 a month for a new family. Without items like diapers and wipes, babies and their families are at risk for health issues, as many families will cut back on food to provide diapers for their baby.
Not having diapers also has other implications for families. Many childcare centers will not accept children who do not have an adequate number of diapers for the day. A parent may have to miss work or school to watch their child, which could add to their financial struggle.
Diapers play an essential role in a baby and their family’s lives, however diapers are not covered by welfare programs like WIC and food stamps.
Help ensure healthy, happy lives for babies in our community by joining United Way of the Greater Triangle by holding a Community Baby Shower. Most needed items include:
While these are the most needed items, you can make it like a real shower and collect all types of new items for babies.
Items can be dropped off at United Way of the Greater Triangle’s office from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Fridays between January 19 and February 26.
For details on how to host a 40 Days of Peace Community Baby Shower, download the Community Baby Shower Toolkit here. You will also find drive details, flyers, email templates, and social media posts to make your drive a success.