Did You Know • Safety-net programs such as SNAP (food stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) don't cover the purchase of diapers.
• Diapers are expensive - plus cost exponentially more at inner-city convenience stores (where most low income families have access to shop) compared to big box stores or online.
• Cloth isn't an option for most families who are in need of diapers. If you're poor, you probably don't own a washing machine, and some Laundromats don't allow cloth diapers. Additionally, licensed day care centers, especially the free and
subsidized kind, don't accept cloth diapers. If you show up to daycare without a day's supply of disposable diapers, you will be turned away.
• If a family can't afford diapers, a baby will spend extended periods, sometimes days, in the same soiled diaper. This amplifies the risk of numerous health problems, including diaper rash, and may be linked to an increased rate of hepatitis.
• Unhappy babies are crying babies. Crying babies are more likely to be abused by already stressed-out caregivers.
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