We were thrilled to be approached by one of our own vendors, Jaybird and Ro, to host a diaper drive for the DC Diaper Bank at the market this Saturday because we love our market mamas and babies and want to make sure everyone lives as awesome as they do. Jaybird and Ro donates a portion of their own profits to this local non-profit and we are excited to also pitch in and help out.
Here's what you can do: bring an item from the list to the market anytime this Saturday (well, 10am-4pm) and drop it off at the information booth or with Jaybird and Ro. Diapers are the biggest need, of course, but these other baby hygiene supplies are also in high demand and are gladly accepted by DCDB.
- Diapers - new, clean, disposable diapers of any size (including pull-ups and swim diapers) and these can be loose diapers or partially used packs that your child may have outgrown
- Unopened and unexpired formula
- Unopened and unexpired baby food jars and pouches
- Unopened baby shampoo, bubble bath, diaper cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other baby hygiene items
- Potty training seats
- New toddler underwear
- New bottles/nipples/teethers
- New and gently used board books
- New and gently used sleepsacks
- Unopened tampons and pads (they are accepted as long as they are individually wrapped)
- Families that are not able to afford an adequate supply of clean diapers often must leave their babies in a single diaper all day, which can result in diaper rash and other detrimental health issues.
- The pain that a parent or caregiver feels at not being able to meet their children’s basic needs adds stress and tension to the already difficult task of parenting.
- Babies exposed to stressful environments for long periods of time are affected negatively both emotionally and physically.
- Excessive crying, often the result of diaper rash or discomfort, is the number one cause of child abuse.
- Nonprofits working with families and individuals consistently list diapers as an ongoing and high priority need. Despite this need, government food subsidies do not cover the cost of diapers or other hygienic supplies.
DCDB Diaper Drop!
- A baby needs 10 to 12 diapers a day and a toddler needs approximately 8 diapers. Costing between $100 and $120 a month, diapers are an expense that many families struggle to afford.
- 1 in 20 moms who has had to cut back on other purchases to pay for diapers has reused a disposable diaper.
- 36% of parents living in poverty routinely run out of diapers for their infants and toddlers
- Babies who remain in dirty diapers for prolonged periods experience diaper rash, infections, and other health problems.
Thanks everyone for your support! We'll see you diapers in tow on Saturday!