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LA Times uncovers diaper crisis

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by poindexter, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Enough of your Atlantic and New Yorker articles that are fodder for thread topics, Dick Whitman and YF.

    The LA Times is giving a hard-hitting look at the disposable diaper crisis among the poor.

    It's a silent epidemic, folks.

  2. amraeder

    amraeder Well-Known Member

    Well, shit.
  3. Luckily we buy ours at a regional warehouse chain. $20 for a box of generic diapers that lasts two weeks. When our toddler was an infant, a $20 box lasted a month.

    For those without access to a Costco or Sam's Club, and buy name-brand, those prices skyrocket.
  4. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    Not to be unsympathetic, but people could go the old-fashioned way and go back to cloth diapers. I am kind of surprised this wasn't addressed in the story.

    If a baby shower I went to last week was any indication, cloth diapers are actually making a comeback. The mother-to-be received two large packages of them, at her request. It's something some people are going back to for both environmental and economical reasons.

    I can take it from my mom's experience with her six kids -- disposable diapers were just becoming all the rage by the time the last two (twins) came around -- and trust that cloth diapers are much less expensive over time.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Cloth diapers are often not an option because they require frequent and expensive trips to the laundromat.
  6. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Son is going on four and still can't get potty training down. Reaalllly sick of spending the money.
  7. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    That is the joy of being poor. Constantly having to make bad long-term decisions because you can't afford the short-term start-up costs.
  8. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    Probably quite a bit less expensive than boxes and boxes of disposable diapers, though. And who says all these people would go to a laundromat? None of them wash their clothes at home? I'd doubt it.

    The other issue these days, from what I see, is that many kids are not toilet-trained in a timely manner -- i.e. as soon as possible.

    All six of us kids in our family were completely toilet-trained by the time we were 2 years old. No kidding. Nowadays, hat seems to be the exception rather than the rule. It's almost unheard of for kids to be potty-trained before they are three or even four or more years old now.

    I believe this is partly due to the much greater numbers of mothers working outside the home now. But I also believe there is a large element of just plain lack of discipline/commitment/effort involved. Parents are letting the kids eventually "figure it out," instead of actively and consistently teaching them.
  9. I doubt most lower-income apartments have washer/dryer hookups.
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Your point was that the story did not address the matter of cloth diapers.
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    They usually have sinks and running water though.
  12. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    I did not see that it did. I read the story, but not closely enough, I guess. I will look again. If the line you referenced was the only one, then I'd say it didn't address the possibility and the apparent return of cloth diapers enough.
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