Our goal is simple: to help foster self-reliance and alleviate financial burden in Canadian families by providing cloth diapers and cloth diapering support resources.
The cost of diapering a single child in disposable diapers in North America totals $3000+ (with an average cost of $100 per month in Canada ). Based on conversations with families and resource centres we believe this number is actually much higher. For families experiencing financial challenges, this cost is often out of reach and can result in caregivers not changing diapers often enough or reusing dirty disposable diapers. This serious problem has been labelled ‘diaper need.’
Diaper need is defined by the inability for caregivers to provide clean diapers to an infant or child and has grave implications, including: poor child health (urinary tract infections among other health problems), severe diaper rash and blistering, poor child mood, poor maternal mental health, and a resulting barrier to maternal-child bonding .
Cloth diapering is a cost-effective alternative to using disposable diapers and has many benefits beyond the lower cost. Unfortunately, there is a high up-front cost because of the need to purchase all the diapers, covers and other supplies (~$400 minimum) right at the outset. For families already facing budget restraints, this is often not an option.