All babies deserve clean diapers

Diaper Kit

Providing 100 diapers and 200 wipes per month through partnering Women, Infants & Children (WIC) offices and First 5 Family Resource Centers (FRCs), the Diaper Kit program is a solution to the growing issue of “diaper need,” or an insufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean and dry. The third or fourth highest cost burden for low-income parents, diapers can cost as much as $100 per month. Additionally, diapers are a requirement for most child care providers, making diaper need a barrier to affordable child care and thus employment. Perhaps most alarming, there were more than 40,000 ER and inpatient visits to public hospitals in California in 2017 for symptoms directly tied to diaper need.

Talk, Read, Sing

One baby can go through nearly 6,000 diapers in the first three years of life — so if you’re a new parent, chances are good that you’re spending a lot of time changing diapers. Diaper time is one of the most beneficial times to talk, read and sing to your baby, as their attention is focused on the person who is changing them. Numerous studies and research have repeatedly shown that the first three years of life are absolutely critical to brain development and this is one of many practices to help ensure to your baby reaches their full potential.

Your Baby’s Health

According to the California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, in 2017 nearly 40,000 babies visited the emergency room or urgent care for the top three symptoms of diaper need. As the State First 5 Commission puts it, “One of the many ways that you can help protect the health of your baby or toddler is to continually check and change diapers throughout the day, even before you notice any signs. While wetness doesn’t bother some babies, a lack of tears or discomfort doesn’t mean you should skip a changing. Even a small amount of locked in moisture from urine can lead to a diaper rash and other conditions.”

In the Media

First 5 Diaper Kit Program Goes Statewide

First 5 California, Counties and SupplyBank.Org Kickoff Diaper Kit Program

2016 Program Launch: SupplyBank.Org And Kaiser Permanente Address Diaper Need

Diaper Kits

First 5 California

Using Data to Determine the Best Distribution Sites

SupplyBank.Org uses masked enrollment data from CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal and other public assistance programs that means-test individuals for low-income status to determine the best distribution channels for each of our programs. The Diaper Kit Program is not limited to the example counties below; for more information, contact us.