Sign up for the No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive 5K Walkathon & Family Fun Day, hosted by Flatbush Doulas on May 6, 2018 from 12-5pm in Marine Park.

Family Fun

Egg and spoon race at last year’s NCWB Walkathon. Photo taken by Yael B. Yisrael.

When running a diaper drive, there is a question which comes up repeatedly. Well-meaning folks always ask, “Why not give cloth diapers to those families who are in need?”

It makes perfect sense. However, America today is really not that cloth diaper friendly.

Many of the families who struggle to afford enough diapers for their children, do not have washing machines. Most NYC parents launder their clothes at local laundromats, which do not allow cloth diapers to be washed in their machines. Some parents may work one or even two jobs, in order to afford the high cost-of-living in NYC. To do so, they must place their children in childcare centers and go to work.

Donate diapers to the drive!

Did you know that the majority of NYC daycare centers do not allow cloth diapers? In times past, cloth diapers were the obvious choice for people who needed to save money. Because they are reusable, cloth diapers end up being very affordable over the many years that they last. Today, that isn’t always the case.

For parents who work outside of the home, using cloth diapers may not be a feasible option. If one is a stay-at-home parent, cloth diapers can make more sense. But as anyone whose child attends a daycare center, or is cared for by a solo child care provider knows, laundering diapers is rarely included in the childcare services!

Of course, cloth diapers are better for the environment and take up little to no space in our massive landfills. Over time, they pay for themselves with the savings one can hold onto when NOT buying diapers that are only designed for single-use.

Unfortunately, to avail oneself of the benefits of cloth, one must be able to either

1) Wash them by hand

2) Wash them in your own washing machine

3) Not enroll your baby in a daycare or childcare setting that is outside of your home

4) Teach the proper use and care of cloth diapers to any/all adults who are responsible for providing care to your baby

5) Afford to pay for a diaper laundering service

Or

6) Not work outside of the home

Flatbush Doulas is raising awareness about the 1 in 3 American families who experience diaper need, by hosting the No Child Wet Behind Diaper Drive 5K Walkathon & Family Fun Day, on May 6, 2018 from 12-5pm in Marine Park.

The diapers donated will benefit families, whose case management needs are being served by Hope and Healing Family Center. Flatbush Doulas will also reserve several packs of diapers, to distribute to families who are in need whom we may encounter throughout the year.

Flatbush Doulas is partnering with local community organizations to teach cloth diapering workshops to families. Having 5 or 6 clean cloth diapers on hand provides a backup for home, especially in times when disposable diapers run out and there isn’t money to buy them right away. However, cloth diapering is a lifestyle change that many families who are earning low income just cannot immediately make.

Do you have the ability to exclusively cloth diaper? Tell us more in the comments.