Diaper Facts

  • Diapers are not covered by “Safety Net” programs such as WIC (the federal nutrition grant program for Women, Infants and Children) or food stamps.
  • Diapers can cost up to .50 cents each, depending on the size and where they are purchased.
  • The average newborn uses 8 per day.
  • The average cost for a year of diapers is $1,000.00.
  • Disposable diapers are  normally provided by the parents of  children attending day care centers.
  • Not being able to supply an adequate number of diapers can make it difficult for a parent to go to work.
  • Children wearing diapers for too long, or parents trying to clean and reuse disposable diapers puts children at risk for staph and other infections.
  • If a family doesn’t have clean diapers to provide for their children, a child could spend even days at a time in the same dirty diaper.
  • A crying baby is more likely to be a victim of child abuse.
  • A wet baby sleeps poorly and cries at night, and so a tired parent or older sibling has further difficulties at work and at  school