Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Making Diapers Affordable

This is an email I got from Huggies. It seems there is a media campaign to let more people know how to afford diapers. It's a sad thought to think parents are re-using one time diapers. They are expensive. I have stuck with the generic brand this time around and it has been just fine. We have had a few leaks, but nothing substantial. I think it was some of you guys who encouraged me to try the generics. I am currently using the ones from Sam's Club.

FROM HUGGIES:What if you couldn't afford to buy enough diapers for your child? How would you feel if your child had to wear the same diaper all day long? Or if you had to dry and re-use what should be a disposable diaper?

For far too many women and children, these scenarios are a reality. Food stamps and other “safety-net” programs do not cover the cost of hygiene products, including diapers, and an adequate supply can cost over $100 per month.
Led by two top North American academics, including Dr. Cybele Raver of New York University, “Every Little Bottom,” is a groundbreaking new study examining the effects diapering has on a baby’s physical health, temperament and development, the mother-baby relationship and a mother’s sense of self and well-being. The results of the soon-to-be released study are dramatic: They include statistics on the diaper need in this country, and reveal the shocking choices mothers are sometimes forced to make to keep their babies in a clean diaper.

Dr. Cybele Raver directs New York University’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change. Her research focuses on young children and families facing economic hardship.. Raver regularly advises local and federal government agencies and foundations on promoting school readiness among low-income children. She has received a William T. Grant Faculty Scholar award as well as support from the Spencer Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

Joanne Goldblum is the founder and president of the Diaper Bank which distributes free diapers to needy families through a network of social service agencies, churches and educational institutions in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport, CT. She was a clinical faculty member at Yale Child Study Center Family Support Service from 1998-2005. She was chosen as a 2007 Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader for her work. She was also named 2007 New Haven Register Person of the Year. She has received numerous other awards for her work at the Diaper Bank.

www.everylittlebottom.com is the website for more information, but when I went there, it wasn't working.

The Diaper Bank has a section on how to start a diaper bank in your community. It sounds like a good idea! Any motivated moms out there willing to take this on?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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