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The Impact of Diapers on the Health of a Child

March 26, 2016 by GOOD+ Foundation

Diaper Need in America

Diapers are a critical and basic need.  They help keep baby dry and clean, and prevent chronic diaper rash.  Babies who remain in soiled diapers too long are exposed to negative health risks.  Diaper need is an insufficient quantity of diapers.  A 2013 Yale University study found that 3 in 10 poor mothers cannot afford an adequate supply of diapers.

Impact on Low-Income Families

There are no state or federal child safety-net programs that allocate dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.  It takes a minimum wage earner in Los Angeles or New York 1.5 hours of work to afford a pack of diapers.  Many parents cannot go to work or school if they can’t leave their babies at child care, and most childcare centers require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.  Further, cloth diapers are typically not an option.  Most low-income families do not have washing machines to clean cloth diapers, and cloth diapers are not accepted at a majority of child care centers or public laundromats. 

The National Diaper Bank Network reported that:

Diaper Need Advocacy

GOOD+ Foundation has been focused on building awareness of this issue for many years and participates in and supports advocacy surrounding diaper need as a way of addressing economic insecurity for the families we serve.  In 2004, GOOD+ Foundation joined forces with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to launch the 1 Million Diaper Drive. GOOD+ Foundation has also provided testimony for CA State Legislative hearings, supported federal legislative efforts, and generated media attention to address diaper need and economic insecurity for parents.  In fact, our founder Jessica Seinfeld made diaper need and the seventh GENERATION Change for Good partnership the focus of her talk at last year’s UN Mom + Social Good Summit.  The National Diaper Bank Network, of which we are a member, focuses on advocacy surrounding this issue and GOOD+ Foundation provides support when the opportunities arise to make an impact and share our voice to raise awareness about this important social justice issue.

Jessica Seinfeld spoke about diaper need at the
2015 UN Mom + Social Good Summit.

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