Diaper Need

What is diaper need?

The lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.

Facts about diaper need

  • 5.3 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families.
  • 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.
  • Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps.
  • Disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.
  • No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
  • Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.
  • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.

Negative Consequences

  • Babies who remain too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risks.
  • Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.
  • Cloth diapers are not accepted at the vast majority of child care centers.
  • Many parents cannot go to work or school if they can’t leave their babies at child care.

Facts about diaper need in Texas