Category Archives: Diapers

“Diaper Shortage in the 1940’s and Congress was to blame!”

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This piece by Kim Rosas on the “Dirty Diaper Laundry” blog talks about Congress issuing orders to ration cloth diapers, and forbidding the military from using cloth diapers to clean their weapons.  Despite the rationing Diaper services experienced a lot of growth during this time not only because of the first of the baby boomers being born, but also because women who traditionally would have been in charge of washing cloth diapers had gone to work in factories to help build planes and other items, so they had less time to be able to wash diapers.  Diaper services thrived because of the shift in the workforce based on what this blog post discusses.

“Diaper Shortages Leave Low-Income Kids Behind Before They Can Even Walk”

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This July 15, 2014 blog post found on the “Talk Poverty” website talks about some of the obstacles that are created when a low-income family doesn’t have access to an adequate supply of diapers for their infants or toddlers.

“Why cloth diapers might not be the greener choice”

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This is an older piece but still offers some interesting things to consider when comparing cloth diapers to disposable diapers.  The piece was published on May 8, 2016 by and is on the Washington Post website.

The piece looks beyond the surface and delves into the production of both types of diapers particularly looking at the process of growing, harvesting and transporting cotton before it reaches the point where it is turned into cloth diapers.  It also looks at what disposable diaper companies are doing to improve the greenness of their product.  both have issues, but just in water consumption to produce 30 cloth diapers compared to I think it was 4000 disposable diapers the disposable diapers required came in at a little under half as much water as the cloth diapers before factoring in the washing of cloth diapers after they have been bought and used.  They also looked at chemicals used in the growing of the cotton and the impact it has on the environment and compared it to the impact of petroleum use/production for disposable diapers.

My Mom used cloth diapers on all 3 of us, so I am in no way anti-cloth diapers, but as someone who founded a Diaper ministry, I look at things beyond just giving the diaper to the person in need.  I try to also look at things people from both sides of the cloth vs. disposable debate are saying so I can better understand the product I’m distributing.  I watch for recalls on items I distribute, as well as weighing out cloth vs. disposable asking questions like “can my recipient wash the cloth diapers in their home?”  if not “is there a laundromat in the area they can get to that will allow them to wash them?”  if there is “how will they transport the dirty diapers to the Laundromat?”  these are just some of the many questions I ponder and research as I make decisions about what I do or don’t distribute to my recipients through my diaper ministry.

If I had kids, I would way out the logistics of maintaining cloth diapers and if I had a convenient way to wash and dry them, I would likely use them when possible, but if my situation made it impossible to have a convenient and efficient method to wash and dry cloth diapers I would likely resort to disposable some or all the time, so for me it would boil down to what would be the most efficient based on my life and what I have access to for maintaining or disposing of diapers.

“How the poor pay more for diapers”

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This March 14, 2016 article I found on the Reading Eagle website talks about why diapers are more expensive for low-income families than they are for those with higher incomes.

“Many Poor Families Struggle To Afford Diapers. These Lawmakers Want To Help Them.”

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An article talking about what some Lawmakers are trying to do to help poor people meet their basic need for clean diapers for their children

“Ten Things You Can’t Buy With SNAP (Food Stamps)”

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This April 2, 2014 blog post on the Pittsburgh Lesbian correspondents site talks about 10 things you can’t legally buy with food stamps that society pretty much expects everyone to use.

“New Congressional Bill Aims to Help Working Families Struggling with Diaper Need”

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This November 19, 2015 article on the NASDAQ  Global Newswire website talks about HR-4055 that if passed would make federal funds available to states so they can help families with the purchase of diapers for infants and toddlers.

luier, diaper

luier, diaper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2015 Diaper Need Awareness Week in Pennsylvania

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I missed this when it was new, but a Resolution was passed recognizing September 28 through October 4, 2015 as Diaper Need Awareness Week in Pennsylvania

“A Squeamish New Dad’s Guide To Diapers”

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This March 2, 2015 Adequate Man article offers tips for new Dads who are squeamish about the idea of changing their baby’s diapers.

“The Diaper Tax”

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This February 9, 2015 Huffington Post article talks about the taxation of diapers and its impact on those who need them.