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We've all said it - there's just something about a sweet smelling baby, fresh out of the bath and into clean diaper, that makes us smile. The thought of parents having to reuse diapers, especially to a mom who's never been in that position, is appalling.


Seeking to donate diapers my son had outgrown, I stumbled into the learning about the Diaper Gap in America. Did you know:

  • 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers.
  • 36% of mothers living in poverty regularly run out of clean diapers for their infants
  • Diapers are not covered by social welfare systems like WIC or food stamps because they are considered “hygiene items”.
  • Families have reported using one diaper a day for their babies which can cause severe diaper rash, infections, and other health problems.
  • ​Many low-income families aren't able to buy diapers in bulk, which is cheaper, since they can't get to big-box stores or have internet access. 
  • A lack of diapers can limit childcare options because daycare facilities often require children to have a supply of diapers on hand. 
  • ​Many low-income families aren't able to buy diapers in bulk, which is cheaper, since they can't get to big-box stores or have internet access. 


Why not cloth diapers? 

Cloth diapering is a great alternative in theory, but in practice it isn’t an viable option for those struggling to supply diapers. There is a large initial investment that can't be born by those struggling to make ends meet. There is a bigger time investment for washing cloth diapers. If there is no washer in the home, parents must make time for the laundry mat, maybe of which don't allow washing diapers.. In addition, daycare centers don’t allow cloth diapers.

What is the Diaper Gap?