Your questions answered

It is not uncomon to have lots of questions about diaper need, what government programs are available to help address diaper need, health impacts, and so much more.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have questions about diaper need, government support programs, impacts on children and families, or economic impacts?

Please check out the most common questions that many people ask. If we haven't answered your question or you have others, please contact us.

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  • What is diaper need?

    Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or child clean, dry, and healthy.

  • How can I get help?

    If you are in need of diapers, wipes, or hygiene products for your child, please visit our “Get Help” page and select a location that is convenient for you. Find out when the location is open and if an appointment is required. Visit the location so that we can work individually with you to get the items you need.

  • How many diapers does a child need in a day?

    You might be surprised. Infants require up to 12 diapers per day and toddlers up to 8 per day.

  • How much do diapers cost?

    Diapers can cost anywhere from $70 – $120 per month per baby or toddler. Without transportation, buying diapers at a local convenience store rather than a “big box” store can significantly increase your monthly diaper cost.

  • Am I the only one dealing with diaper need?

    You are not alone. In fact, 1 in 2 American families reports experiencing diaper need. That’s why Covered With Love is here to help.

  • Don’t government programs provide diapers?

    Unfortunately no. Government assistance programs like SNAP (i.e. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) do NOT cover diapers. In fact, there is no state or federal child safety-net program that allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.

  • Can’t parents get diapers at a child care facility?

    Most child care centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers for their child. So child care centers are not a source for diapers.

  • How does the lack of diapers affect families and children?

    Most immediately, there are health impacts. An inadequate supply of diapers forces many parents to leave their child in soiled diapers longer than is appropriate. This frequently leads to diaper rash and may cause staph and/or urinary tract infections.

    There are also economic impacts. Most child care facilities require parents to provide diapers for their child. When parents run out of diapers, they are forced to withdraw their child from child care. Without proper child care, parents cannot work to support their families or cannot attend school that would help them to provide a firmer economic base for their family in the future.

    Nationally, 57% of parents experiencing diaper need that depend wholly on child care facilities said they missed an average of 4 days of school or work in the past month because they couldn’t purchase diapers.

    There are also potential long term impacts with a range of negative outcomes in children, including problems with behavior, cognitive ability, language development, school adjustment, and overall well-being.

  • How does the lack of diapers affect parents?

    Some parents have stated they feel a sense of hopelessness, experience mental and emotional anguish, and sometimes feel like they are bad parents. The choice between spending your last $10 on food or gas to get to/from work, or diapers for your toddler is a very real decision that many of our families face.

    These parents are not just single mothers or fathers. These are hard working people trying to do the best they can. Diaper need doesn’t just happen solely because someone is unwilling to work, uneducated about budgeting, or any of the many other stereotypes that follow our clients.

    Diaper need occurs when unexpected illness, layoffs, deaths, or reduction in work hours happens. Diaper need occurs when a foster family receives little ones with less than 24 hours notice. Diaper need occurs when a grandparent is suddenly raising a grandchild due to a parent’s addiction.

    Life happens, and when it does, Covered With Love is here to help you keep your newborn, infant, or toddler clean, dry, and healthy.

  • Why not use cloth diapers?

    Diaper banks often hear from well-meaning community members the suggestion that families with diaper need should use cloth diapers. Using cloth diapers is often not an option for so many of these families living on the hard economic edge.

    Many families do not have a washer or dryer in their homes to clean diapers and most laundromats will NOT allow diapers to be washed in their machines. Additionally, many families in crisis rely on public transportation, so getting cloth diapers to a facility to wash cloth diapers is daunting. Families in crisis may also have no water in their homes to wash cloth diapers.

    Sadly, families in crisis may also be experiencing homelessness.

  • Why can’t families just cut back to buy diapers?

    Sadly, 34% of families surveyed had already cut back on basics such as food, utilities, or child care in order to purchase diapers for their child. The choice between spending your last $10 on food or gas to get you to/from work, or diapers for your toddler, is a very real decision that many families face.

  • How many infants and toddlers are there?

    In both Indiana and Illinois, 16% of children under the age of 18 are infants or toddlers. In Indiana, there are over 330,000 children under the age of 3 and Illinois has almost 600,000 children under the age of 3.

  • Is child poverty an issue here and how many live in poverty?

    Child poverty is a very real issue for our community in the Wabash Valley.

    The Indiana rate for children living in families earning less than 100% of the FPL* is 20%, and 24% in families earning between 100% – 200% of the FPL (as of 07/2022).

    The Illinois rate for children living in families earning less than 100% of the FPL is 18%, and 20% in families earning between 100% – 200% of the FPL (as of 07/2022).

     

    *FPL = Federal Poverty Level

  • How many poor or low income families are there?

    In 2022, there was a total of 7.4 million families living below the poverty line in the United States. This number is significant, however, this statistic is the number of families … not people.

    In January 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11.6% of the US population, or 37.9 million people, were living in poverty (using as an example a family of three earning less than $21,559).

  • How many children get SNAP or WIC benefits?

    Children in low-income families are at greatest risk of suffering the effects of diaper need because many families can’t afford diapers. Current public support programs help some, but young children have additional needs necessary to build a strong foundation for healthy growth and to reach their full potential.

    In Indiana, the percentage of SNAP recipients under the age of 3 is 15% just above the national average of 13%. The percentage of WIC recipients that are infants is 23% just below the national average of 24%.

    In Illinois, the percentage of SNAP recipients under the age of 3 is 13% equal to the national average. The percentage of WIC recipients that are infants is 27% above the national average of 24%.

    As of 07/2022

  • How many mothers in the workforce have infants?

    Diapers are essential to the well-being of Wabash Valley families.

    In Indiana, 67% of mothers in the workforce have infants. In Illinois, 70% of mothers in the workforce have infants. The national average is 65%.