You’ve read all the books, done the natural birth classes, made the freezer meals, and prepped the nursery. You’ve registered for your baby shower, chosen that perfect jogging stroller, and stocked up on onesies. But chances are that despite the long list of prep work, challenges, and struggles you’ll face each day, you’re probably not too worried about your diaper supply.
Yet, for many mothers, having enough diapers to keep their babies clean and dry is an expense they cannot afford. New babies use, on average, between 8-10 diapers per day, which can easily translate to $70-$100 per month. While the high cost may be an inconvenience for some moms, for others it’s impossible. At Casa Teresa, our pregnant women come to us without resources or support. When their baby arrives, being able to provide diapers is a basic necessity, not a luxury.
Whether they are moms at Casa Teresa or families who are struggling financially, diapers are so important. Sadly, if a family can’t afford diapers, a baby may spend extended periods of time in the same diaper. Babies in dirty diapers suffer. It can lead to serious health problems for them and disease outbreaks for entire communities.
We’ve seen firsthand how an insufficient supply of diapers not only puts a child’s physical and emotional well-being at risk, but can also add more pressures and worries to the mother as well. Something as basic as a diaper can actually have a big impact on a family’s ability to become financially self-sufficient and, in turn, impact the community at large.
At Casa Teresa, we believe that every baby deserves a clean diaper. That’s why we partner with organizations such as HomeAid to help us provide our moms with the basic needs that they and their babies deserve. This is where you can help, too.
Join your community during “Homelessness Awareness Month” and donate a box of diapers and other new essentials items for babies at the HomeAid OC office.
HomeAid has been ending homelessness with Casa Teresa since 1997, through the development of two homes and one apartment building that added 32 beds for homeless pregnant mothers and their babies. Casa Teresa programs are also recipients of the HomeAid Essentials campaign and HomeAid’s Community Outreach activities.