We’ve been pretty fortunate in the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause. We get a pretty good amount of diapers. Some are donated by or dropped off for donation at Cozy Bums, our local cloth diaper store. I have a personal policy that for every diaper I receive for review at Cloth Diaper Addicts, I donate a diaper to Cloth for a Cause. Our community is awesome with willingness to give away diapers that need repair. But there’s one area where we’re in dire need: newborn cloth diapers. This is actually a pretty universal thing across all of our chapters.
Why We Don’t Get Newborn Cloth Diapers
Quite simply, we don’t get a lot of newborn cloth diapers donated. I can understand why: newborn cloth diapers aren’t used long, so they hold their value for resale. A third hand newborn cloth diaper can still be in excellent used condition. Then, of course, there are people like me: I started using cloth diapers at birth, but I never bought newborn cloth diapers. My two younger children were both born over eight pounds. I didn’t bother with newborn sized anything.
Why We Need Newborn Cloth Diapers
Newborn cloth diapers are fantastic for new babies, regardless of size. They typically fit up to twelve pounds. By that point, any one size diaper will fit a baby. (How well a diaper fits, of course, is going to be a variable thing for each baby.) Having a variety of newborn cloth diapers at each chapter to loan out will make it possible for us to help more families as soon as they’re home from the hospital. There’s no waiting for diapers to fit, and then that family can be able to use cloth as soon as possible.
Also, newborn cloth diapers fit in very well for the type of assistance that we provide at Cloth for a Cause: we are a cloth diaper lending charity. That means that as soon as the diapers are outgrown, they can be returned to us for rehabbing and then lending to another family in need. While the family in need is in our loaner stash of newborn cloth diapers, they can be taking advantage of that time of not buying any disposable diapers by being able to scour their local buy/sell pages for used cloth diapers to move their babies into once that newborn stash is outgrown.
And then the cycle can continue.
How Can You Help?
If you’ve got some newborn cloth diapers, perhaps you can donate some to a Cloth for a Cause chapter instead of selling them. Or if you see some newborn cloth diapers for sale on your local buy/sell page, you can purchase them to donate to your local Cloth for a Cause chapter. Or you can suggest to the seller that perhaps donating would be awesome. Or you can donate cash to Cloth for a Cause.
How will you help?