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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.

Diapers are as essential to a baby's healthy development as a families love. Keeping infants and toddlers clean, dry, and healthy is key to building a solid foundation for all children to reach their full potential.

For parents suffering from diaper need, they may have to leave baby in a soiled diaper for extended periods or even reuse previously soiled diapers. Parents often have to choose between paying for food or buying diapers. The stress of a decision like that takes a toll on the entire family.

Our vision for the CPI Diaper Project? Our tiniest community members have a healthy and consistent supply of diapers.

Why diapers make a difference.

Diapers cost between $70 and $80 per month. Almost $3000 to diaper one child with regular changes until potty training–a huge expense for the over 5 million low-income families with young children living in the U.S. today.

Public assistance programs don’t cover diapers.  Diapers give children and families a brighter future.

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The Facts:

1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.

5.2 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families.

Babies require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.

Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.

No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.

Babies who remain too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risks.

Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.

Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.

Many parents cannot go to work or school if they can’t leave their babies at child care.

Facts provided by the National Diaper Bank Network







A heartfelt thanks to the Rotary Club of the Valley of the Moon, Santa Rosa, for their generous donation to the CPI Diaper Project. Their support furthers our vision to help meet the basic needs of babies and their families in Sonoma County.

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