9 Fast Facts on #DiaperNeed
- 1 in 3 families struggle with diaper need.
- 5.2 million babies and toddlers under the age of 3 live in poor and low-income families.
- Government safety-net programs do not recognize diapers as a basic need.
- Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps, and are classified with cigarettes, alcohol and pet food as disallowed purchases.
- Diaper need impacts the physical, mental and economic well-being of children and parents.
- Most child care centers require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers (four to six changes during the day).
- Many parents cannot go to work or school if they can’t leave their babies at child care.
- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, at a cost of $70 to $80 per month per baby.
- The poorest 20 percent of Americans who buy diapers spend nearly 14 percent of their post tax income on diapers. (source: Center for Economic and Policy Research, November 23, 2018)