Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 1:Why are you taking part in the flats and hand washing challenge?

Asalamu alaikum,

In the U.S. one in three families struggles with diaper need.

Diaper need is the lack of sufficient diapers to keep a baby(or toddler) clean, dry, and healthy. When a family struggles to decide if they can afford food or enough diapers to change the baby as needed. Without sufficient diapers a baby is left in soiled diapers for longer stretches of time, this leads to severe rashes, and other problems.

Without sufficient diapers, a baby cannot attend daycare as the daycare  requires a days worth of diapers and they change every hour or two. If a parent cannot provide enough diapers, their child cannot attend daycare. Without the reliable childcare, one parent cannot work, a loss of income to an already struggling family.

I am blessed to not be in that position, but I know that like many families it is just one small mishap away. So I am participating in the flats and hand washing challenge to spread awareness of diaper need, and to help spread the idea that it is possible to cloth diaper in difficult circumstances, and with little resources, and that it can be done successfully.

Cloth diapering may not work for all people in all circumstances, but for that family that is able and willing, know that it  can be done!


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