Expecting Relief's Diaper Relief program is a community Diaper Bank/Pantry launched in 2022. Expecting Relief serves low-income children from womb to 5 years young threw this service. Our mission with our Diaper Relief service is for no child to go without necessities like diapers, wipes, clean clothing, and other basic needed essentials. Infant/Toddlers healthcare is a major concern for Expecting Relief and an issue Vanessa founder of Expecting Relief has been dedicated to advocate for. Our Diaper Relief service is offered in NYC Brooklyn NY (Kings County) and Florida Fort Lauderdale (Broward County).
We firmly believe that it is every child’s basic right to have access to clean diapers. Leaving children in dirty diapers not only affects their physical health, but also their emotional well-being. The inability to provide their children with a sufficient supply of diapers also negatively affects the mental and emotional health of parents; ultimately causing damage to the parent-child relationship. Statistics show that one in three parents struggle to provide their children with the needed amount of clean diapers. That means, one in three children are sitting in unclean diapers for extended periods of time, placing them at high risk for severe diaper rash and infections.
Not having diapers means parents cannot leave their children with a childcare provider, parents cannot go to work to earn money. Not having diapers means a longer time between changes, which can lead to severe diaper rash and other health problems. Not having diapers means that babies who cry because their diaper is dirty will cry that much longer, increasing stress for parents struggling to make ends meet. And not having diapers can adversely affect a mother’s feeling of self-worth, negatively impacting the mother-child bond.
Diapers are not covered by any government assistance programs, even though diapers are a necessity for EVERY child. According to the National Diaper Bank Network:
Without diapers, babies cannot participate in early childhood education programs. Without child care, parents cannot go to work.
Children that participate in early childhood education are almost 3 times more likely to go on to higher education.