The typical infant needs more than 2,900 diapers each year. That’s a lot of diapers and a lot of diaper changes! But there are mothers in our community who cannot afford all the diapers their baby needs. That gap between the number of diapers a baby needs and the number of diapers the family can afford is called diaper need. Diaper need is not just a problem for babies and the people who love them; it may also be a problem for people with disabilities and adults including seniors with incontinence issues.
Diaper need matters because babies who don’t get their diaper changed frequently enough are at risk for skin rashes, infections, and many other poor health outcomes. A lack of diapers may stop parents from bringing their baby to vital early education programs. Food stamps and WIC cannot be used to buy diapers. Diaper need matters because people with incontinence issues may be isolated from social activities, religious events, and just plain taking a walk in the community or visiting the library. In severe situations, skin rashes and skin breakdown may occur.
AngelaCARES is doing something very important to address diaper need. We are giving out diapers, diaper wipes, and incontinence products to babies, families, and adults who need them. But we need your help to grow our pocket diaper bank program and enable us to help babies, adults, and families with diaper need even more.
You can help by donating diapers directly to AngelaCARES, by hosting a diaper drive at work or among friends, by making a birthday celebration into a ‘diapers only’ gift request, by hosting a ‘diapers only’ baby shower, and by sending us diapers via Amazon or diapers.com. You may also send us gift cards for us to purchase diapers. For more information, please call 201-685-7273.
Thank you! Together we can address diaper need in our community and enhance the lives of babies, families, and adults.
|Potential Consequences of Infant Diaper Need
(Adapted from Porter & Steefel, 2015)
|Discomfort or pain
Increased diaper rashes and redness
Urinary Tract Infection
Children kept home from early childhood development programs
Negative impact on peer relationships during toddler years
Reduced opportunities for educational enrichment
Parent tries toilet training too early
|Purchase less clothing, food, or other necessities including important baby care items
Borrow money or diapers
Utility bills or rent not paid
Medication prescriptions not filled
Parents miss work or school
Payment of child care bills delayed
Parents feel like bad parents
Missed health and other appointments
Allegations of child abuse and neglect
Family dynamics disrupted
Negative impact on parent-infant interaction
|AngelaCARES, Diapers and YOU!
How You Can Help Babies, Families, and Seniors with Diaper Need
Donate diapers directly to AngelaCARES.
Host a diaper drive at work or among friends.
Make a birthday celebration into a ‘diapers only’ gift request.
Host a ‘diapers only’ baby shower.
Send us diapers via Amazon or diapers.com.
Donate gift cards for us to purchase diapers.
Written By: Sallie Porter, DNP, PhD, APN, is an Assistant Professor, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Nursing, Newark, NJ.