This is a sponsored post for AWHONN as part of the Healthy Mom & Baby Diaper Drive through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are mine.
Diaper need, not having enough diapers to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy, is a real issue. For many moms, it’s the choice between a pack of diapers and having food on the table. That struggle to provide something as basic as diapers can make them feel like a failure. In fact, 1 in 3 families in the United States experience diaper need. I know I personally went through many times of struggling myself when my kids were babies, but with help we made it through. I wish we knew about the Healthy Mom & Baby Diaper Drive then, however.
Now that we’re all thinking about back to school, it’s a great time to also start thinking about those with diaper need. Babies risk severe diaper rash and infection from wearing soiled diapers for extended periods of time and when parents dry and reuse dirty diapers. Not having enough diapers to maintain a fresh supply at childcare means an infant can’t attend day care. As a result, mom or dad might be forced to abandon work, and thus their paycheck, to care for baby. It’s an unfortunate cycle that not only can harm the baby’s health but also harms a family’s well-being.
AWHONN’s Healthy Mom&Baby, Huggies®, and the National Diaper Bank Network are working to close the diaper gap so that families don’t have to choose between food, work, childcare, and diapering. With your help, their goal this year is to collect more than 250,000 diapers.
How can you help those with diaper need? It can be as simple as throwing a bag or box of diapers into your cart while shopping for back to school. Or, make an online donation at DiaperDrive.org to help those 1 in 3 families in your community who don’t have all of the diapers they need to send their children to day care or preschool. Because when baby can go back to school or childcare, that means mom or dad can go to work.
How You Can Help Locally
If you’d like to purchase diapers to be donated in my community locally, you can do so using Amazon Wish List! Unity for Christ Outreach Ministries is a diaper bank in Springfield that provides diapers to families who are struggling with diaper need. Click here to visit their Amazon Wish List, where you can purchase diapers via Amazon to be sent directly to the bank. Simply add a pack of diapers from the list to your cart, proceed to check out, and be sure to select Unity for Christ Outreach Ministries shipping address from the list. Your diapers will go straight to their door and be distributed to families right here in Springfield, IL. Another nearby organization, Bottom Line Diaper Bank, supports families in Champaign, ILâ€”you can visit their Amazon Wish List here.