Changing Diapers, Changing Lives

Gold Coast Doulas Holds Fourth Annual Charity Diaper Drive

Gold Coast Doulas is holding their fourth annual diaper drive benefitting Nestlings Diaper Bank and First Steps of Kent County. Their goal is to collect 40,000 diapers to support families in need in Kent and Ottawa and Allegan counties.

Diaper donations will be from Sept. 1 to October 1 at the following partnered drop-off locations: Smedley Dental and the Howard Miller Library in Zeeland; Untangled Salon, Great Legs Winery Brewery Distillery, Brann’s Steakhouse & Grill, Harbor Health and Massage, EcoBuns Baby + Co, Harbor Health and Massage and The Insurance Group in Holland; Hudsonville Congregational United Church of Christ in Hudsonville, ABC Pediatrics locations in Walker and Wyoming, Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy in East Grand Rapids, Ada Christian Reformed Church in partnership with FIT4MOM Grand Rapids, Rise Wellness Chiropractic PLC, Gold Coast Doulas, Mindful Counseling (both locations), Grand Rapids Natural Health, Pediatric Dental Specialists of West Michigan, Crossfit616 in partnership with BIRTHFIT Grand Rapids, MomHIVE, West End, and Hopscotch Children’s Store in Grand Rapids.

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The Gold Coast diaper drive coincides with National Diaper Need Awareness week, Sept. 23– Sept. 29, Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), created make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families. Diapers are a basic health necessity for babies and are not provided by government assistance programs, but are one of the top un-met needs to low income families.
Diaper sizes 4, 5 and 6 are the most needed sizes. Nestlings also accepts baby wipes, used and new cloth diapers and open packages of diapers in addition to new boxes and bags of disposable diapers. Donations can also be made online at:

About Gold Coast Doulas: Gold Coast Doulas is the area’s first doula agency offering birth doula support, overnight and daytime postpartum doula support, lactation consultations, childbirth classes and more. They serve Greater Grand Rapids and the lakeshore communities.

About Nestlings Diaper Bank: Nestlings has distributed over 600,000 diapers and helped over 18,000 families since 2011. Nestlings also works with 31 partner agencies to distribute the diapers to the families in need.

About First Steps Kent: First Steps is an independent influential and neutral entity that leads the community’s efforts to strengthen and coordinate early childhood services in Kent County.

5th Annual Stand Up 4 Baby Comedy Show Fundraiser

20160227_180415Nestlings would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Stand Up 4 Baby Comedy Show Fundraiser. Everyone is appreciated who helped to make it happen. From the Comedians, Sponsors, Audience, Volunteers, Theatre, Sound Crew, MRC and all our supporters. Without all of you Nestlings could not help the babies. Thanks again!

Nestlings Newsletter Volume #4

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Thank You Holland Junior Welfare League

20150602_161828A little package of baby wipes is something that may seem common and simple to many, but can provide so much to those in need.

Baby wipes are specially made to cleanse the sensitive skin of babies and infants. Utilizing other papers or towelettes, such as tissue or alcohol based cleaners, can cause rashes and sores on their delicate little skin. Even the way the wipes are packaged becomes important to a baby’s health, since it allows the wipes to stay moist and not be exposed to environmental hazards such as bacteria or dirt. And, most caregivers would agree – you can’t beat the convenience of a portable package of wipes!

In the US today, diaper wipes have become an essential part of diaper changing, particularly because disposable diapers don’t work well to wipe off solids and disposable diapers tend to smear the residue around. Wipes were well researched and invented to make this a more gentle and sanitary process. Baby Wipes make happy babies and happy caregivers.

Thanks to Holland Junior Welfare League, Nestlings has 1,530 new packages of wipes to distribute in our community. The Holland Junior Welfare League is a wonderful supporter of our community’s children, their futures and Nestlings Diaper Bank.

Clean Diapers Helped Me to Become Campaign


Maybe you are wondering the reason for all these pictures of Nestlings mascot Cheep visiting people holding the sign that says “Clean Diapers Helped Me Become”…

What is it all about? Nestlings is highlighting all types of community members to help show what healthy, happy, clean and dry babies can have the opportunity to grow up and be.

A baby’s brain development is very important in the first few years and positive nurturing is an important part of that developmental stage. Clean and dry diapers play a big role in the nurturing of a baby, its development, learning ability and its future in our community.

The babies and children Nestlings helps are the future business members, company owners, leaders, politicians, bankers, lawyers, police officers, doctors, nurses, service workers, etc. of the communities we live and work in. Why would we not want to help give them every opportunity and tools for a head start toward that future?
It starts with a simple thing.. A clean, dry diaper.

The possibilities are endless that are available to the futures of the children that grow up healthy with clean diapers and Nestlings looks forward to seeing those children grow and thrive in our community. To highlight some of those possible upcoming careers and futures Cheep is visiting all kinds of different community members and posting their pictures to celebrate their accomplishments that growing up with dry, clean diapers helped them to become in life.

Cheep welcomes anyone in our community who wants to participate in the Clean Diapers Helped Me to Become Campaign so feel free to let us know if you would like a visit from Cheep. Follow Nestlings Social Media to see the pictures of our healthy, happy and successful community members.

Nestlings Diaper Bank first ever Diaper Days and Community Baby Shower 2014

My name is Mandy Walker and I am the Event Coordinator for Nestlings Diaper Bank. Three years ago, a few local women noticed a need in our community that today has significant impacts on our children, families, friends, and youth growing up to adults; That is the need for diapers.027

When I started volunteering for Nestlings less than a year ago I had no idea that there was such a need for the necessity. This really pulls at my heart-strings because I have a 15 month old. If you could take a moment to imagine what it is like to have one or more than one baby, and not only struggle with life’s commodities, gas, jobs, food, health, rent, but on top of it, to look at your little blessing knowing that you are trying to be the best parent you can be and cannot provide one of the essential tools for their well being….diapers! Nestlings Diaper Bank was founded to help those families who struggle with such needs, a need not supported by government assistance, a need precious to a child’s upbringing, a need that even prevents child abuse!

What started as a home based operation it’s hard to imagine Nestlings has been around for only 3 years. Nestlings services families throughout Ottawa County donating thousands of diapers per year to its recipient agencies. Nestlings is a completely volunteer run, non-profit organization, whose recent popularity was the fuel for this years Diaper Days. This past winter Nestlings received their largest diaper donation given by Huggies and Meijer in the amount of 50,000 diapers. Piggy backing that amazing gift was a grant given by Women Who Care. Nestlings was also named one of eight finalist nominated this spring by WOODTV8 for their Connecting with Community Award!

It has been an uplifting past 3 years celebrating Nestlings Diaper Days and our 100,000th diaper donation! The Ottawa County Health Department received the 100,000th Diaper Recipient award.

The 2014 Diaper Days was a fun 4-day activity driven mini festival designed to increase Nestlings popularity in our local community. Although widely known for needing diaper donations, Nestlings wanted to say Thank-You to the community by providing an enjoyable bounty of family and baby themed activities throughout the city of Holland. The week kicked off with a Diaper Display Competition and Diaper Donation Drop off locations. Tip Toes Downtown opened their doors and accepted diaper donations, while EcoBuns and WIC battled for 1st place with their Creative Diaper Displays. The rules were to use mostly diapers whether cloth or disposable, to create a Nestlings themed diaper display, WIC of Holland was awarded first place for Nestlings Diaper Display Competition with an Tree of Owl made of diapers.

On Wednesday, Felicia Holland Photography donated her entire day offering free baby photos at EcoBuns. Then Thursday, Nestlings hosted their first Diaper Derby where the little ones scooted, rolled and crawled their way to the finish line. Friday, Nestlings celebrated with a monthly Diaper Wrap Party and on Saturday, hosted its grand finale with a Community Baby Shower.

Nestlings wanted to do something a little different with its Community Baby Shower and asked partner agencies to participate in a private competition where diaper recipients told their stories of how Nestling’s helps them. It was a random draw, anonymous competition where the privacy of the author and story stayed confidential, and the prizes were family focused donations given by local businesses.

First prize was composed of several gifts including a big Wagon full of fun from an outdoor pool to a one-night stay at Country Inn, Family Photo package, Car Maintenance, Dinner and more. Second prize was a beautiful stroller filled with outings to Dutch Village, membership to Girlfriends Fitness, Car Maintenance and more. Finally third prize was a wonderful gift package from Boers Head, Music Sessions, Fudge and more.

We are grateful for such a giving community that helped Nestlings to create such wonderful prize packages. Nestlings is also very grateful to our sponsors, for without which Diaper Days would not have happened. Nestlings wants to say a special Thank-You to our Gold Diaper Sponsors: Both Meijer Stores for donating and Nestlings Silver Diaper Sponsor Boers Head for donating.

Nestlings would also like to say Thank-You to Macatawa Bank for providing the wonderful venue, Sweet Times Cakery, for tasty desserts, Beachwood Catering, Boers Head and Deboers Bakery for the food.

Another big Thank-You goes to Tip Toes, EcoBuns, Felicia Holland Photography, and Girlfriends Fitness Club for all of their help throughout the week. Finally, without Nestlings fantastic volunteers, prize sponsors, partner agencies and the community such an event would not have been possible so Thank-You all too.

Lastly, let’s not forget the babies, the next time you are at the grocery store, would you please consider grabbing a package of diapers for those in need? Or maybe make or send in a donation. If you would like to get involved with helping Nestlings at a monthly diaper wrap, as a no cost gesture. Whatever you feel your calling may be, we at Nestlings Diaper Bank are working toward happy and healthy families, diapering babies in need and welcome your support.

Thank you and Nestlings is looking forward to 2015 Diaper Days next year and hope to see you there!

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