Diaper costs put millions of families in a bind
About one-third of low-income households can't afford an adequate supply of clean diapers for their kids, which is also a health risk.
Baby diapers are big business. Disposables bring in about $1.8 billion in annual revenue in the U.S., and the global market is expected to reach $33.4 billion by 2017. One industry analyst says nearly 470 diapers are used every second in the U.S., with the vast majority (95.6%) being disposable.
But keeping a baby in clean diapers can be expensive. A month's worth of disposable diapers for one baby costs, on average, around $100. Yale University researchers say nearly one-third of low-income mothers in the U.S. cannot afford an adequate supply of diapers, which aren't covered by federal benefit programs like food stamps or WIC, a supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.
The Yale study found the inability to afford diapers can keep a low-income parent economically vulnerable. The researchers said a lack of diapers "can affect a mother’s ability to attend work programs and training since most child care providers require that parents provide an adequate supply of disposable diapers."
The National Diaper Bank Network, a nonprofit that helps parents find diapers being donated by the public, says many families will back off on food, utilities, child care and other basics in order to purchase diapers for their children. Some will also keep their children in soiled diapers for longer periods -- or clean out dirty diapers and reuse them -- which can create health problems for the baby.
"I call it the silent epidemic," Caroline Kunitz, who runs the L.A. Diaper Drive, told the Los Angeles Times. Her organization distributes 1.5 million diapers to nonprofit partners across Southern California each year and can't keep up with the demand.
"For other needs, like food, you could go to a food bank," Jessica Aragon, a single working mother of a one-year-old in Columbus, Ohio, said during an interview with NBC News. "But there was no help for things like diapers. I had to borrow money and sell everything I had -- the DVD player, the TV -- to get money for diapers."
You wanted to have a child, it's your responsibility to pay the child's expenses. Can't afford them? Don't have children. Besides, if you're that poor, then Planned Parenthood will give you birth control for free. Stop whining and take responsibility for your choices.
Hello Cloth diapers... Gee, WHY should the poor be buying disposable diapers?
Change to what you can afford or EARN more... What next Diaper Stamps for the poor? Obama Diapers?
And we wonder why America is going downhill...
If you can't afford diapers, food and day care, then don't have kids. A fairly wimple message, and one that would benefit the poor. They will never get out of poverty until they quit having babies they cannot afford, and therefore cannot get an education that will allow them to get a decent job. It is not rocket science and it has become a vicious circle.
Let's hear Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson start preaching this sermon instead of the racially divisive ones that are their Shtick. Instead of lining their pockets with money, why don't they try for once to line the pockets of the poor they prey upon?
IT IS CALLED FAMILY PLANNING. IF YOU CAN NOT BE SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE CONSEQUENCES. IN THIS CASE THE CHILDREN. SOCIETY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THESE KIDS. THE ONLY REASON VERY LOW INCOME PEOPLE HAVE A FANCY PHONE IS BECAUSE WE PAY FOR IT (OBAMA PHONE). SOME PEOPLE REALLY DO NEED HELP BUT 8 OR 9 OUT OF 10 ARE JUST TAKING ADVANTAGE OF AND ARE ENABLED BY OUR PROGRAMS. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WANTS AND NEEDS.
How about not having children that you can not afford to care for properly?
There are so many good cloth diaper systems out there that are easy to use, and the covers expand with the babies, so you don't have to constantly buy new sizes.
Check it out. It will save a LOT of money in the long run, and it SO much better for the environment, how could you NOT consider this!
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