When I was pregnant with my first child I worried about trivial things like what to put on my baby shower gift registry. “Oh, it’s so overwhelming…there’s so much to choose from.” And, after he was born, I got angry at trivial things like my old-school grandmother constantly telling me what to do and how to do it. But, I never once worried about whether I would be able to take care of my baby. Naturally, he would be fed and he would be comfortable. He would never want for anything. And, if I ran out of diapers, I or my husband could simply make a quick run out to the local store for a pick up.
So, it was easy to forget that there are some who don’t have it as easy. See, there’s this thing called “diaper need,” which, according to the Diaper Bank of Toronto’s website, “is the struggle to provide babies and small children with clean diapers.”
On its own, caring for a baby is an expensive task. At 12 months of age, my son was using, on average, five diapers a day. One box of 78 diapers @ $29.97 (advertised on Walmart.ca at the time of writing) would last 15 days. Even with the various sales and deals, the monthly cost is approximately $60 – $70. And, then there are wipes, maybe formula, baby soap, bum cream, sometimes medicine, child care, food, utilities, rent….and the list of essentials goes on.
Fortunately, there are dedicated people and organizations out there that are working to help those that find it difficult to afford the essentials and in some desperate cases, according to the Diaper Bank website, are forced to reuse “diapers that have been cleaned or dried out.”
So, I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but haven’t done anything…until now. I thought that if I just mentioned it to you, maybe you would mention it to another friend. Maybe we could get more people talking about issues like this. Maybe we could also donate to a community organization, like the Diaper Bank of Toronto.
I know it’s not a solution. But it’s something we can do to help. It’s something simple…which is a good thing, especially when there are other things to think about…like, whether to go to baby yoga classes or baby salsa classes.