Many low-income families receive government assistance to help them purchase food and housing. Diapers are another story, a new study suggests. In what they are calling the first peer-reviewed study to quantify diaper need, Yale University researchers have found nearly a third of mothers cannot afford to purchase their infants diapers, raising health risks for not only babies but for moms who become stressed over the finances. "Notably absent from the antipoverty efforts targeting families is an essential staple for the health of children, diapers," wrote the researchers, led by Dr. Megan Smith,
Since so many Democrats are also rabid environmentalists, how is it they are bemoaning the inability of welfare Mom´s to purchase and fill the landfills with disposable diapers. Cloth diapers worked for many generations but then the poor old Mom´s would actually have to do some washing. The horror of that thought must make them all cringe.
There´s your cue, Dems. Time to roll out a Mommie Sandra Fluke demanding a woman´s right to diaper service. I can hear DebbieWassermanSchmaltz now, ´´Republican´s would have the rug rats wallowing in their own...´´
I don´t know if it still holds pride of place, but some years ago I helped design what was then the World´s Largest Paper Plant [Flint River, Georgia, for Procter and Gamble]. The paper was for disposable diapers. Good project, very good. Didn´t get to see enough of Birmingham, working 6 and 7 day weeks. 10 and 12 hour days. Good people. Nice checks, too. Nice checks. Back in my time as a "migrant worker."
Cloth diapers also make great spit rags. Babies tend to leak fluids from more exits than should be humanly possible on such a tiny being, but there it is, and shoulders need to be protected with something.
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Fiesta del sol, 7/30/2013 12:23:55 AM (No. 9449012)
How many of these parents have iPhones? Do these parents shop at the thrift store for their kids? Or buy wal mart brand cereal, toilet paper, etc? Or IF there is a two parent family, how about one parent getting a job in the evening after the other parent gets home from work?
These are all things that I have done (or am doing). I suspect the folks in this study think it´s easier/less work (ha) to have us pay for it.
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Ida Lil, 7/30/2013 12:42:20 AM (No. 9449025)
And I scrubbed diapers I made sewing flannel by hand in a bucket with a small washboard. --So what? I though was married to a hard working boy who loved us. i would rather teach young mothers how to cope than pay for abortions. What an ugly atmosphere we live in when we begrudge babies while protesting those abortions.
We used both cloth and disposable diapers. You also needed cloth diapers as a shoulder or lap cover when baby spit up, so I don´t know how anyone could get along without them.
I just checked the online sites for purchasing diapers. I remember they were about $11/box in the 80s. There were more diapers in the box of newborn size than toddler of course. But a box of 48 diapers was $11 in the 1980s, and they are now $12 in 2013 for a box of 52. So they´re a lot cheaper now than they were then.
We paid for our kids´ diapers. Modern parents should pay for theirs.
I was a cloth-diaper, no-washing-machine mom too. The diapers were hung on the line in all kinds of weather. A rain shower meant they were thoroughly rinsed and freezing temps meant I carried frozen diapers back indoors, laying them atop parallel clothes lines in the bathroom and kitchen until they defrosted and dried. It was no fun but there was no alternative.
Traveling in Mexico I frequently encountered numerous women at the local river bank, bashing their laundry on the rocks, and realized I had it a lot easier.
Homemaking classes should be brought back, and make the boys attend too. Include simple DIY and hand-sewing repairs.
Why are these kind of people allowed to breed in the first place? Quit blowing their EBT and food stamps on bling, junk food, smokes and lottery tickets and perhaps there would be something left for their illegitimate lumps.
Hey if a man raising two children alone can dunk cloth diapers in the toilet, then wash them (yes I did have a washer) then hung them on the line to dry, then what is wrong with these cry baby mothers?
I also drove cross country (both ways) and even went overseas twice with the small ones but I never complained. I got off my A__ and did what I had to do for the children.
#13: Thanks, and I hope this isn´t too late for you to see!
Fourdrinier machines go back quite a long way, and are a great technology. They´re also used to make all-plastic formable panels for certain autobody parts. I did some design work for such a plant, too.
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