In a recent email to me, blogger and diaper drive queen Kim Tracy Prince wrote, “Babies still need diapers, yo.” She’s right. One tea party later, the lack of diapers for women and babies in need has not gone away.
As part of our work with the Huggies program Every Little Bottom, Whitney and I will be sharing creative ways to help get diapers to the babies who need them (and occasionally less creative ways, like a request for cash donation).
Four other blogs will be on a similar mission to inspire action around diapering tushies. I would like to introduce them here as they come together to tell the story of why we are all doing this:
You know the guilt we feel for feeding our babies jarred baby food instead of freshly prepared organic? Or the stress we create wondering if we haven’t signed our preschoolers up for the best schools/soccer camps/swim lessons? I’m not saying those things aren’t important or are to be completely discounted, but just imagine the guilt you would feel as a mom if you were unable to put a fresh, dry diaper on your baby.
Imagine it. It would feel awful; it would feel demoralizing and depressing and hopeless and embarrassing. It would feel like failure.
Stacie (along with Geoffrey and baby Ivy) from The Langs
1 in 3 American Moms are struggling to put diapers on their babies. These numbers are too high my friends, and unlike the creepy, eating-spiders-in-your-sleep fact [the average person eating up to 4 spiders in their sleep a year], I’m hoping to get more of a reaction out of telling you about this than just shock.
Luckily for us, as well as parents and children in need, Huggies has provided so many quick and easy ways to help.
Ryan from This is Reverb
Sometimes the excess is there and we don’t even think twice about buying diapers, but I’ve also been in the position where I’ve skimped on other stuff we need to buy the diapers that we needed even more. We’re rich by most standards, but growing up in a home where the electricity wasn’t always on helps me to feel the burden of those parents who truly have to fight for the most basic necessities.
The kicker – the reason I really decided to help with this – finding out that 1 in 17 parents have actually REUSED a soiled diaper. Say what? Cleaning out an old disposable and putting it back on your child? I can’t even imagine.
Sarah from whoorl
Before learning about this program, I didn’t know anything about diaper drives, but now I’m ready to jump in full force. What about you? Are you familiar with diaper drives? Have you donated to one in the past? I’d love to hear any input, because I’m totally learning as I go over here, but I am super excited to help in any way I can.
If you’re inspired to help in your community, we want to hear about it! After begging the families in my preschool for diapers last November, I know its not always easy.
Whit and I have partnered with the Huggies® brand to help promote Huggies® Every Little Bottom program. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about our own experiences with diapers. However, our opinions are entirely my own.