How Many Diapers Does a Baby Use Per Month?

In an ideal world, each newborn would receive the best of care. The reality, however, shows that parenthood is an investment for which some families aren’t fully prepared.

Currently, more than 5 million children in the US live in poor or low-income families. While federal programs provide help for low-income mothers and children up to 5 years old, those safety nets don’t cover an essential need – diapers.

On average, a newborn goes through about 360 diapers per month. That comes to $70 to $80 per month per baby.

“Most people don’t think about the little things… As a society, when we think about policy issues, we think about really big picture things,” explained Joanne Goldblum, founder of The National Diaper Bank Network. “We think about housing and food; we don’t think about a diaper.”

Goldblum started The National Diaper Bank Network after witnessing the need for diapers as a social worker.

“I did direct services with families, I went to people’s homes, and what I saw was a level of poverty that even as a social worker and someone that really thought they understood what poverty in America looked like – I was so struck by what a lack of basic needs that existed for families,” Goldblum said.

An inadequate diaper supply can lead to keeping babies in a dirty diaper too long, which often results in serious health risks.

For the parent, it can mean no daycare while they try to work since most providers require at least a day’s worth of diapers.


“Huddle Up” with the Detroit Lions, Huggies and the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank to Fight #DiaperNeed

Join us and bring a pack of diapers on October 8th and/or donate online now.

1-in-3 families struggle to provide diapers for their children. These are families that are your neighbors and friends. That’s why the Detroit Lions, Huggies® and the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank are Huddling Up to make sure every baby gets the diapers they deserve, and we invite you to join our team by bringing an unopened pack of diapers to our pre-game event in Pride Plaza on Brush Street on October 8th and enjoy a family-friendly event full of team games, group photo opportunities and the chance to win some cool official team prizes. If you prefer, you can also make a diaper donation online by clicking here.