Over 5 million children live in poor or low-income families in America and 1 in 3 American families reports a diaper need. A diaper need, as defined by the National Diaper Bank Network, is “the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy”.
Babies who stay in dirty diapers too long are at increased risk of contracting infections, such as urinary tract infections and bladder infections. On average, diapers for one baby cost about $80 a month. As the National Diaper Bank says, having diapers on a regular basis means families don’t have to make decisions between food, medicine and clean babies.