This post was sponsored by AWHONN’s Healthy Mom & Baby, Huggies® and the National Diaper Bank Network.
When I held my daughter in my arms for the first time, I was filled with an all consuming love. At that moment, I knew I would do absolutely anything to keep her safe and healthy.
For many parents, those joyous first few years of their child’s life can also be a financial struggle, where they are unable to provide even the basics, such as diapers. In fact, 1 in 3 families in the US experience diaper need during their baby’s first couple years. Research done at Yale University suggests that a diaper shortage can be as stressful on parents as not having enough food or a place to live.
Risks of Infrequent Diaper Changes
When parents are facing a diaper shortage, they may be forced to ration diapers, which comes with many risks to babies. When babies wear soiled diapers for extended period of times, they risk infection and severe diaper rash. Working parents who can’t afford to bring diapers to daycare may be forced to stay home and miss out on a paycheck.
What you can do to Help
AWHONN’s Healthy Mom&Baby, along with Huggies® and the National Diaper Bank Network are hosting a baby diaper drive to help families in need. They have a goal to collect over 250,000 diapers this year, and you can help!
Donate in Person:
Since it is back to school time, why not pick up a package of diapers while you’re buying school supplies, and drop them off at your local diaper bank? You can help your community by donating to a Diaper Bank near you. Visit Health4Mom.org and search for diaper banks in your area.
You can make a monetary donation to help families in need. For every $1 you donate, 6 diapers can be purchased and distributed. Visit the Diaper Drive online to learn more.
You can also purchase diapers to be donated in my community locally, by using Amazon Wish List! The Food Depot is a diaper bank in Santa Fe, NM that provides diapers to families who are struggling with diaper need. Click here to visit their Amazon Wish List, where you can purchase diapers via Amazon to be sent directly to the bank. Simply add a pack of diapers from the list to your cart, proceed to check out, and be sure to select The Food Depot’s shipping address from the list. Your diapers will go straight to their door and be distributed to families right here in Santa Fe, NM.State-Baby-Facts-New-Mexico1
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