Changing Diapers, Changing Lives

Archives for April 2013

Celebrating Earth Day: Launching a New Cloth Diaper Initiative

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In conjunction with Earth Day, which is being celebrated on Monday, April 22, 2013, Nestlings Diaper Bank is proud to launch our new cloth diaper initiative!

The cloth diaper program is sponsored by EcoBuns, a natural parenting boutique located in Holland, Michigan.

We are so grateful for our partnership with EcoBuns, providing much needed expertise and follow-up for the families that are learning how to use and wash cloth diapers appropriately.

Most of the partner agencies that we support by providing free disposable diapers report that cloth diapers are not a viable option because of limitations from daycare centers and access to laundry facilities.

We recognize that cloth diapering is not a realistic choice for all low-income families but since these are not obstacles for every family Nestlings is happy to provide the option of cloth diapers for families that would like a sustainable, economical and ecological solution to the on-going expense of disposable diapers.

Cloth Diaper Kits will be distributed through our partner agencies.

Are you a “cloth diapering parent”?

Register for the Holland, MI location of the Great Cloth Diaper Change happening this Saturday, April 20. This worldwide, record-setting event helps to raise awareness of cloth diapering and EcoBuns – host of the Holland site – is also using this event to kick off and celebrate the partnership that will now make it possible to offer a cloth diaper option to families in need of diapers.

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More about Cloth Diapering:
EcoBuns http://www.ecobuns.com/ or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ecobuns
Great Cloth Diaper Change http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/

Diapers Make a Difference in the Fight Against Child Abuse

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The month of April is nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month. Since 2011 Nestlings has been on the frontline of child abuse prevention in Ottawa County. What weapon do we use to fight for the safety of local infants and toddlers? Diapers.

How do diapers help to keep kids safe?

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A child left in a soiled or wet diaper tends to cry more; the parent’s frustration increases; the child is more at risk for abuse and neglect. The free diapers distributed by Nestlings prevent the suffering of children left in soiled or wet diapers for long periods of time, and they provide hope to struggling families who are trying to make a supply of diapers last as long as possible.

Agencies like The Center for Women in Transition that seek to combat child abuse know that, first and foremost, basic needs must be met for a family to thrive. Fulfilling the basic physical and emotional needs of parents, providing social outlets, and fostering resilience — all are factors that will keep Ottawa County children safe and their families healthy.

And sometimes the first step is as simple as a days supply of diapers.

Read How Diapers Impact the Lives of Women in Transition.

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