Diapers are not always in stock for families arriving at the store.
Amanda Trussel, the mother of a two-year-old boy, said it was difficult to find diapers near her home in Junction City, Kansas, even before the pandemic began, and last year the store shelves were just emptied. Told. And half.
“At some point we went to three or four different stores to find the pack, and we had to settle for a larger size because it wasn’t at all in his size,” she said. I said on Saturday.
When the family runs out of diapers, 24-year-old Trussel puts his son in a reusable cloth diaper. So she didn’t have to go to a diaper bank to provide supplies to low-income parents.
Diaper banks across the country have reported a recent surge in families who could not afford diapers. Seattle-based West Side Baby distributed 2.4 million diapers last year, up 60% from 1.5 million in 2019, according to the organization’s secretary general, Sarah Cody Roth. WestSide Baby is on track to exceed or exceed last year’s total this year, she said.
Oklahoma and Pennsylvania diaper banks report similar trends. Cathy Battle, secretary general of the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, says many banks offer their families 50 diapers a month, which lasts about two weeks. For families who cannot afford diapers, that is often not enough.
Megan V, Senior Director of Community Health Transformation, Connecticut Hospital Association. Smith states that diaper deficiencies can seriously harm the physical and mental health of the family. Many parents who can’t afford diapers feel like ineffective caregivers, she said.
“If you have to worry about where to get your next diaper, you can’t concentrate on singing, reading, or playing with your child,” said the need for diapers and the mental health of the mother. Said Dr. Smith, who studied.