Why Diapers?

Did you know? 

  • One in 5 children ----- 16.1 million ----- were poor in 2012. [F1]
  • More than 7.1 million children ----- over 40% of poor children, lived in extreme poverty at less than half the poverty level. [F2]
  • In Ohio, 28.3% children under six are poor.  And 15.0% of those children live in extreme poverty. [F3]
  • More than half of all poor children lived in just eight states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. [F4]

No Federal or State assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare, because they are considered a "hygiene item". 

  • In FY2012, SNAP provided benefits to over 46 million Americans on average every month, including more than 22 million children---- more than 1 in 4 children in America. [F5]
  • 27.3% children in Ohio were recipients of SNAP. [F6]
  • 30.6% children under 4 received WIC. [F7]

Diaper Realities:

  • A baby needs 8-10 diapers a day.  That's about 3,650 diapers a year!
  • Diapers cost between $100-$150 a month. 
  • Most laundromats and day care centers do not except cloth diapers. 

What does that mean?

  • When mothers run short of diapers, children may spend extended periods of time in dirty diapers or in more extreme cases mothers may need to clean, dry and re-use disposable diapers. [F8] 
  • This can lead to sever diaper rash and other health issues. [F9]
  • Women who lack an adequate supply of diapers for their babies are more likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety than other low-income mothers. [F10]


[F1] [F2] [F3] [F4] [F5] [F6] [F7] The State of America's Children.  Children's Defense Fund, 2014. http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/state-of-americas-children/

[F8] [F9] [F10] Huggies Every Little Bottom Study. Raver, Letourneau, Scott, D’Agostino. June 2010. http://www.huggies.com/en-US/promotions/everylittlebottom/the-diaper-need