4 Ways You Can Support Parents and Babies This Holiday Season

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This post was sponsored by Huggies.

Did you know that 1 in 3 U.S. families struggle to provide diapers for their children?

That means you most likely have a friend or acquaintance who, at one point, has had difficulty keeping their littlest ones in the diapers they need. An extremely stressful thing, especially during the holidays.

During this season, when we’re all on the lookout for ways to give, why not support moms and dads in our community with a tangible, every day need – like diapers! That’s what Huggies is doing (all year round, in fact!) through their partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network. After becoming a founding sponsor of this non-profit organization, Huggies has been a catalyst in increasing awareness of diaper need while supporting diaper banks nationwide. In addition, through the No Baby Unhugged program, they have donated 200 million diapers and wipes —- in just six years! That’s a lot of diapers in not a lot of time, Go Huggies! But, as you know, parents use diapers in abundance and many parents could still use a helping hand when it comes to diapering their babies. That’s where you and I come in. We can help!

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Here are four ways you can creatively gift diapers to those who need them most this Christmas …

Find Diapers To Give

Do you have diapers tucked in spare closets around your home? Are too small ones hidden in around somewhere? Probably! Clean out those spaces and donate diapers that don’t fit your own child. A little one out their will be so appreciative!

When at The Store

Do things magically land in your cart while you’re browsing at the store? Things you need, things you want, things your toddler tosses in and you don’t discover until checkout? It happens to me often enough! Next time I go though, I’m going to intentionally add a pack or two of diapers to my cart so I can donate them. Retailers have diaper deals frequently too so I bet I can even catch some on a sale!

Host a Holiday Playdate

Every mom or dad needs a good excuse to get together with friends! Why not plan a casual play date in December and ask each attendee to bring a pack of diapers so you can collectively give to a diaper bank? Mention the idea of bringing too small diapers they may have stashed or picking something up on their next shopping spree.  The more diapers, the merrier! You could even merge it with a cookie swap, white elephant, or ornament exchange if you wanted. This is a wonderful way for our kids to be active participants in giving during the holidays. They may not fully understand this year, but seeing you give will grow the same spirit within their hearts.

Create a Christmas Wish List

My youngest was born in September and everyone is asking what is on his Christmas list. My response, “Um … nothing!” My little boy has no needs and his two older brothers hand down every piece of clothing and toy he could dream of. If your child is living in abundance too, tell family members that you’d like diapers to donate on your baby’s behalf this Christmas. This way, they’ll have something to wrap up and bring to the holiday gathering and your little one will have something to excitedly unwrap. It’s the best of both of worlds!

Now, how to get the diapers you gather, buy, and receive into the hands and onto the bottoms of those who need them most? It’s easy! Simply reach out to your local diaper bank. You can also email info@diaperbanknetwork.org for help finding one or search their member directory at www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/members/.

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Jamie, a mom of four, who has received a diaper donation in the past says, “I can say with 100% honesty that the gift of diapers is one of the greatest gifts that parents can receive.” Let this holiday season prompt you to give the tangible gift of diapers. It isn’t fancy, but it’s necessary and will alleviate so much stress and worry from fellow parents. Often, one of the best ways we can support other moms and dads is through a tangible hug – a real one or a gift that represents one. A hug says I care about you and a gift of Huggies says I understand that we’re on the same journey of parenthood.

Huggies – the fastest growing diaper brand in U.S. hospitals – believes deeply in the Power of Hugs, which is why every diaper and wipe is inspired by a parent’s embrace. The Huggies No Baby Unhugged program helps ensure all babies get the hugs they need to thrive by supporting hugging programs in hospitals and donating diapers across the country. Learn how you can help at Huggies.com/NoBabyUnhugged. #HuggiesCouncil #ad

 

89 COMMENTS

  1. I would give the gift of diapers if I can find a good deal with coupons that would make the diapers almost free or gift the family coupons for diapers. I prefer the idea of cooking meals for the family so that the parents can rest

  2. All of my neighbors know that I do Infant foster care. During the hurricane when the stores and interstates were closed, they all new they could come to me for supplies. Even today, I have diapers for anyone that needs them!

  3. How I help is by giving away clothes and toys my kids grow out of! I love these ideas I’ve had someone give me diapers their kid grew out of which helped !so that is the one I would do out of these is donate diapers!

  4. I love these ideas and have already done most of them to help patents in need of diapers. I have gathered old diapers that my kids have out grown and given to a mother in need. I also used cloth diapers and once my kids were potty trained have given all of those to two different mothers in need that wanted to use cloth diapers.

  5. We just spent the morning volunteering at our local diaper bank. They do such great work and every kid deserves clean diapers! I also donate through my company so that they match my donations.

  6. We pretty much cloth diaper but nightime in disposables. I have thought about telling people a pack of diapers for my son for Christmas but did not think it too kosher. Now reading this, I think I can.

  7. I just love this–what a good cause! I would definitely consider grabbing a couple packs at the store too…it’s a really simple but great thing to do…especially when you consider the things that we don’t need that we probably have spent money on just in the last week!

  8. That’s so kind! I actually have a stash of cloth diapers that have been passed to me from other friends from their friends and so on – they’re great because when I’m through with them I’ll be able to give them to someone else to use too! Definitely think hosting a playdate would be awesome (and do-able) for me <3

  9. Offer to watch kids so mom can get some time, whether to sleep or catch up on chores or run errands or go to medical appointments.

    Buy diapers to donate. Same with wipes. Also gift cards.

    Or go to someone’s house and clean their house and do their laundry while mom tends to newborn or rowdy toddlers.

    Buy some games or activity stuff for the kids so they can give mom some rest.

  10. I would LOVE to donate diapers. I’ve been in that situation where I wasnt sure if I could get a package of diapers because we were so low on funds. It sucks, and makes you feel miserable so, helping those in need even if it’s just a simple as donating diapers. DO it!

  11. I gave all my cloth diapers to my neighbor. Give my 4 yr olds gently used clothes to a friends daughter. To be honest, I have never thought to donate diapers to charity. I will have to keep that in mind. Most times, I grab and angel off the angel tree.

  12. I would consider heading up a diaper drive at my church or some sort of Baby Essentials Fubdraiser this Holiday Season. It would be a blessing to bless others.

  13. After my first son i tried to donate all of my sons diapers. I’m pregnant now so i will keep some of this stuff in mind after new baby is here !

  14. I will keep this in mind when we are done using the cloth diapers. I did donate to the hurricane victims Diaper funds this past year.

  15. I spend a lot on diapers for my little guy and try to time it so I don’t end up with a lot extra. I usually give away the diapers that my son has out grown to my church or local woman’s shelter.

  16. This is such a great idea. I know I spend $75 a month on diapers for our little man and so many families can barely afford that. If they can afford it at all.

  17. I’ll definitely gather up my too small diapers and donate them. I’d also like to buy some to donate along with clothes and toys.

  18. I will have a newborn any day now to add to a 2 year old, 3 1/2 year old, and 13 year old. So not sure I’ll be doing much this year but in a regular year I’d consider all of them.

  19. I think buying diapers to donate is an awesome idea. There are always sales on and numerous coupons to use to save on these items. If there isn’t a diaper bank near, there are always shelters, etc. to donate them to that can help get them to those in need.

  20. Oh my gosh I love Huggies and this is just another reason why. Thank you for putting this list together and I will be doing the When at the store on the list! It will be so easy and there is always a good bargain to be had and it will help out families in need!

  21. Prepare yourself with things you can do during the trip like coloring books, pack with time to avoid going crazy, comfortable clothes and food not to buy along the way.

  22. I find my babies left over too small diapers and give them to one of my friends for her kid thats a little younger than my own. She’s having a hard time financially getting enough diapers for her lo so I help out that way.

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