My posts on what to do when you run out of formula and can not afford more and what to do when you run out of food are wildly popular. Why? Because life happens. You run out of things you need long before pay day, or pay day comes and there’s just not enough to go around. Today we are going to talk about what to do if you run out of diapers and can’t afford more. It happens so we are going to discuss what to do to fill the imminent need and what you can do to prevent this issue in the future. Know that you are not alone. 5.8 million babies in America live below the poverty line where parents can not afford the expense of disposable diapers.
What NOT to do when you run out of diapers
I feel the need to start here because the internet is packed with bad advice and your babies safety and needs come first. Do NOT blow dry a wet diaper to reuse. When this advice was going around I cringed so bad. This is a great way to build up bacteria that WILL lead to rashes and infections. The same goes for leaving your child in a diaper longer than normal. Wet diapers are a breeding ground for icky things.
What TO do when you run out of diapers
If you find yourself getting low you can make the last of the pack last longer by allowing your child to enjoy some naked time. Lay a blanket out on the floor and let them enjoy play time with a bare butt. This is a great way to prevent rashes and make your disposable diapers supply last longer. If you run out of diapers you can do this while you work on solving the problem.
Get creative and create your own diapers. While every house should have diaper pins you, may have to get creative. Binder clips, large sturdy safety pins and even tying can keep a homemade cloth diaper on. Anything can be used to make a cloth diaper from old dish towels to t-shirts. You can even secure with a onesie over top. You will need to change these more often and double it or even stuff the inside with a microfiber towel (do not let the microfiber touch the skin) for bedtime but it’s free and will tide you over.
Ask around. Today you can post a request in local trade groups and where friends and family can see. Ask if anyone has extra of the size you need, left over from when their baby outgrew that size. You never know you may get lucky.
Search down diaper banks to get disposable diapers. The National Diaper Bank Network can help you find the closest diaper bank to you. With over 200 diaper banks in the U.S. You stand a chance of finding one. You can also opt to call local churches and food banks to see if they have diapers available.
How to prepare and prevent running out of diapers.
Stock up during sales. Sales are great and when you work at finding deals you can get packs of diapers for a low cost. When you find these deals stock up so you will have disposable diapers on hand when finances are tight. Think of it as your diaper stockpile. You can often find great deals to baby diapers online from places like Amazon and BuyBuyBABY.
Buy cheap cloth diapers to have on hand for emergencies. I know cloth is not a fit for everyone but, EVERY family should have some on hand. You do not have to spend a lot of money this stash. Should you find yourself in an emergency you will be glad to have these as part of your emergency kit for your baby and when lean times hit you have them to fall back on. You can supply your baby with cloth diapers for under $25 you need:
- 2 packs of flour sack towels (Some Walmarts carry ten packs for an even better deal)
- 2 one size cloth diaper covers
Use washcloths you already have for wipes with clean water and you are good to go. This is not enough for permanent cloth diapering. You would want to double so you can wash less but, in a pinch, it will tide you over. You can reuse covers until soiled and wash after each use.