Dry Bottoms and Taking Baby Diapers for Granted

I’ve had financial difficulties in my life.  I grew up with feast or famine as a child, and learned to shop for groceries like we never knew when we’d be short on cash.  Buy in bulk, buy when it’s on sale, and buy a lot.  As an adult, I’ve carried that over to staples like baby diapers and formula.  Only once in my entire life as a parent have I ever had to make an emergency trip to the store for formula, and that was because Eudora was changing formulas and we were trying to find something that worked.  I’ve never, ever had to make an emergency trip for baby diapers.

Sure, part of the reason for not needing to make an emergency trip for baby diapers is because we are using cloth diapers.  But even with Andy, I still never had to make an emergency trip for diapers.  There was this view that if you ran out of certain things, it was due to lack of organization.

Dry Bottoms and Taking Baby Diapers for Granted (Cloth Diaper Addicts)As an adult who is more aware of the world, I realize that not everyone has that luxury.  There are parents who have found themselves in hard times due to the economy or other situations.  While they consider being able to diaper their babies to be a basic need, it is a need that is being struggled with.

While reading the Huggies 2010 Every Little Bottom Study, I read that most mothers associate being able to provide a dry bottom for their babies with showing their babies that they are loved.  We all want to do our best to love our babies and show them our love by giving them affection and making sure that their needs are met.  When they cannot provide that dry bottom, it hurts.

I understand the guilt of feeling like one is somehow failing her child.  It sucks.  And the knowledge that one is financially unable to provide what is considered a basic need has to be even more painful.

So, that’s when the question comes up: what can we do about it?  How can we help with the need for baby diapers?

How can we help another mother never feel terrible like that again?

To me, the solutions are simple.  Your baby has outgrown that size of disposable diapers?  Give them to a diaper bank or charity group.  You have diapers in your cloth diaper stash that you don’t care for and won’t use?  Sure, you can sell your used cloth diapers.  Or you can give them to a diaper charity like Cloth for a Cause.  (Or maybe just a few of them.)  You have diapers in your cloth diaper stash that need repairing and you have neither the time nor the inclination to fix them?  You can either pay someone to fix them for you… or you can donate them to a diaper charity like Cloth for a Cause.

I don’t claim to have all of the answers or to be able to single-handedly solve the issues of diaper shortages, but I do try to make a difference here.  For every diaper that I receive to review, I donate a diaper to Cloth for a Cause.  At the very least, it’s a start.  Are there diaper drives or banks in your area?  How do you support them?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. This is a nice message. I once ran out of nappies and it wasn’t pretty ! Luckily my local shop is a 5 minute walk so I was able to quickly run there with a nappyless child in tow, praying she wouldn’t soil herself in the store lol. Yes, very unorganised !
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  2. Rachel N says:

    We donate the disposables my kids outgrow to our local food bank. They are very appreciative.

  3. I like your message and I like the idea of donating diapers.

  4. Very thoughtful message. It’s great to pass on instead of discarding things.

  5. I always donate any leftover disposables, but I have yet to give my cloth diapers away. I know that I should, and am probably close to having the means to do so. I have tried to de-stash and play with as little amount of cloth as possible, but eventually I know everything will need to go somewhere – it may as well be to someone who really is in “need.” Thank you for the reminder, Suzi.

  6. I never heard of this charity. If I had known more about cloth, I would’ve done it my daughter.

  7. I’ve never heard of diaper drives in our community, though it’s a great idea. I tend to pass them on to a friend who has a child that is younger than mine – that way they’ll get used. I’ve also brought them to my girls’ daycare to use in case another mom forgets diapers one day (or their child runs out and they didn’t realize it).

  8. That’s a wonderful charity, I did not know about it and will surely keep them in mind! We are going to try out cloth diapering with my 7 month old 🙂

  9. Jenny Meer Hodges says:

    I CD’ing with my trio. I paid it forward when they were finished. I sent them to a pregnant mom friend who was planning on CD’ing on a limited income.

  10. Great post! I wish that there was a cloth diaper bank in my area, but there generally doesn’t seem to be a large interest in cloth diapering here, compared to where we used to live. I’d love to start something, but we’ll likely only be here for a year 🙁

  11. Melissa Ryan says:

    I plan on donating at least some of my stash to an organization like this when I am done with them. I think it is wonderful that they exist!

  12. Michelle Ferguson says:

    Very great ideas! I plan on donating some cloth diapers very soon!

  13. I love what Cloth for a Cause does. I hope more and more cloth diaper charities keep popping up. If one does in my area by the time I am done diapering, I will probably donate all my fluff.


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