One morning, as I was enjoying my coffee a number of years ago, I happened to find an incredible story of determination from Anastasia Denton, a mom who, at the time, was without a reliable place to live. She took the time to share her story on my Facebook wall. This post and this mom still encourages me. I wanted to share her story with you too.
Families living on lower-incomes with small children in diapers benefit from access to their own cloth diapers. A sufficient supply of cloth diapers can completely solve the problem of access to diapers for a low income family. Our research shows that moms who have received cloth diapers to help alleviate a problem with diaper access report significantly lower levels of anxiety. These families know that there is always going to be enough diapers to take care of their baby.
Cloth Diapers Change Lives
Twenty years ago, a friend sent me cloth diapers so I could take care of my first baby. My husband and I were bringing in one minimum wage income. I was on WIC. We were barely making ends meet and could not buy disposable diapers on our $30 / week grocery budget. Those cloth diapers that I found in a cardboard box on my doorstop not only changed my life, in time, she helped our family to forever change the entire cloth diaper industry through what became our brand family: Cotton Babies, bumGenius, Flip Diapers, Econobum, Elemental Joy, Hemp Babies, MilkDaze, and elemum.
How You Can Help
Our goal is to make cloth diapers accessible, available, and affordable for every family. If you have the resources, consider buying a cloth diaper kit for a family around you. If you don’t know a family who could benefit from cloth diapers, take that kit to a local food bank or homeless shelter. The kit includes a reusable bucket, a wet bag, 12 inserts, and six one-size cloth diaper covers. It doesn’t cost much and the possibilities that are created in that family’s life by solving one problem (access to diapers) will reach far beyond what you can imagine.
Thank you for reading and for caring about those around you. Together, we are changing the world, one cloth diaper at a time.