Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cloth diapering for low-income families? Yes, you can!

Have you seen this recent news article about the "High Cost of Diapers Forces Some Parents Into Risky Practices"?  It essentially points out what we've probably all known all along, which is that low-income families cannot afford diapers for their children.

Yes there is assistance for low-income families, but WIC does not pay for diapers and we all know just how pricey disposables can be.

The article above interviews several moms who admit to re-using disposable diapers if needed, leaving soiled diapers on their children as long as physically possible (even though they know they need changing), because they need to stretch the amount of use they can get out of their package of disposables.

It is frightening and sad in so many ways, not to mention unhealthy, unsanitary and unsafe.  The terrible reality is that these moms believe they have no choice.  Even if they do know about the "existence" of modern cloth diapers, there's probably no way they could afford, or consider, buying even one. 

Another reason low-income families don't consider cloth diapers is because they either don't have laundry facilities or think that washing them would be too costly.

Truth is, you CAN use cloth diapers and you DON'T need electricity.

Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry has been inspired to come up with the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, May 23-30.  She is encouraging all who can and all who have a desire to, to participate in the Challenge.

She'll teach you how to use the misunderstood and uber intimidating method of using the flats method.  She'll also show you how you can learn to wash and care for them by hand, without the use of electricity.  Already you can view her Camp Style Bucket washing method, there's even a video!

For more information and details on how you too can sign up for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, visit Dirty Diaper Laundry.


Kim @ Dirty Diaper Laundry said...

Thanks for sharing the challenge!

Samantha said...

For what we make, we couldn't afford not to go cloth. It was basically all we registered for, we were give prefolds and covers second hand, and we've saved so much.

Melissa said...

I think the awareness of using cloth diapers is getting more and more out there for low income families, where they can save so much money and still maintain a quality lifestyle for their baby.

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