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1 in 3 American families struggle to provide diapers for their kids

Huggies and Walgreens are working hard to change that.

1 in 3 American families struggle to provide diapers for their kids

It's no secret that having children is expensive. We're seeing more and more pricey, high-tech gadgets enter the market, but what's important to remember is this: Far too many U.S. families don't even have access to the basic necessities. Diaper need (which means a family is unable to change a baby's wet or soiled diaper as often as necessary) is a very common issue.

According to a Huggies-sponsored 2017 survey from the National Diaper Bank Network, 1 in 3 families in the United States struggle to provide enough diapers for their children. That's why Huggies and Walgreens teamed up with athlete David Ross to address this issue.

David Ross—best known as a World Series champ during his time playing for the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, as well as a runner-up on Dancing With the Stars—recently appeared in Chicago to help donate 250,000 diapers to Cradles to Crayons, a charity benefiting families. It's part of an ongoing effort for Huggies and Walgreens to donate 2 million diapers and 250,000 wipes to families facing diaper need as part of Huggies' No Baby Unhugged program.


For David, who is a father of three, the decision to join this initiative was an easy one. "Reading all the information [about diaper need]—it just kind of hit home [for me as a father]," David tells Motherly. "I didn't even know diaper banks existed. To feel like I was taking things for granted when there's a huge need around our country...it was easy to jump on board."

Diaper need can put a huge burden on families: It goes without saying that not having enough diapers can pose hygiene issues, but as David points out, families facing diaper need are affected in other ways as well.

"When you're trying to provide for your kids and then you don't have enough diapers to send them to daycare...and then [you] have to miss work and miss a paycheck...it's a vicious cycle that never ends," he tells us. "When you're a new parent, you're trying to figure out how to keep a kid happy. A clean diaper is part of that...That just seems like something we shouldn't [have to] worry about as parents."

As a famous (and beloved) figure, David has the power to bring a lot of awareness to this issue—but his involvement matters on a larger level as well. It's 2019, and we're finally seeing the idea that dads parent (and yes, change diapers) right alongside moms presented by brands. Huggies has done this in the past, and by partnering with a male athlete now, they're showing us that we need fathers to be involved in all the issues new parents are facing.

The partnership affects how David parents his own children as well. "I didn't come from a successful family. My kids have it a lot better than I did, but I want them to appreciate things…[this partnership] helps with everything I'm doing at home as well. It makes me a better dad, it makes me a better person...it helps me as much as it does the awareness for the cause," David says.

"When you're in a world like my kids are in, you try to do right by them, you try to teach them to be humble and appreciative. It's only natural [that] when you have a little bit of money, you try to give them the best but [I hope to] still keep them appreciative and thankful," he adds.

If you want to support the National Diaper Bank Network or need help getting diapers for your child, click here.

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Create a school-ready capsule wardrobe for your kids

Dress for success whether virtual learning or in the classroom!

Tina Meeks

Going "back to school" this year may be less of a literal statement than in years past—but there is just as much reason for your kids to celebrate moving on to new grades. Just like in every new school year, a big part of the fun is refreshing your kids' wardrobe with clothes that allow them to express themselves.

Even if finding back to school clothes this year doesn't include a trip to the mall, you can still make an event of it by shopping H&M's kids collection from your computer. Pull up another chair for your shopping buddy and get the cart started with these fave capsule wardrobe options we've already scouted.

Here are our favorite picks:

A t-shirt made for play

H&M t-shirt

Call them essentials, not basics. A graphic t-shirt aces the test when it comes to being perfect for school. And because your little student will probably want to wear something that expresses their personal style as often as possible, it's great to know the shirts can stand up to school time, playtime, downtime and everything in between!

$4.99

Dressed-up casual shorts for total comfort

H&M boy shorts

Whether pulling up a chair for a virtual meeting with the class or heading back to the school for in-person learning, some comfortable, yet stylish, shorts will help your kid focus on the real tasks at hand: learning—and having fun while doing it!

$19.99

Layers for when seasons change

H&M sweatshirt

When it comes to feeling comfortable at school, layers are the MVPs. Whether the AC is blasting or the day started off cool and is warming up quickly, having a unique sweatshirt to shed or add will help your kid look cool while staying warm.

$9.99

A bit of flair with distressed denim

H&M distressed jeans

A school staple for generations, denim is both classic and continually fashionable with updates like distressing and new wash colors. If you're shopping online for jeans this year, take note of H&M's generous return policy—your kids can try on the orders at home and return anything that doesn't fit without a trip to the store.

$24.99

A fashion statement piece

H&M girls skirt

What's better than expressing yourself through a stylish outfit when school is back in session? Still feeling perfectly comfortable and ready to tackle anything the day holds while looking so good. With so many fashion-forward looks available at budget-friendly prices, H&M's children's collection means every kid can find an outfit that speaks to them.

$14.99

Some comfy kicks

H&M boys shoes

A sure way to put a little pep in your child's step this year, cool and cozy shoes are a staple on all back-to-school shopping lists for good reason. (Plus, it's fun to compare them to last year's shoes to see how much your kid has grown!)

$19.99

Anything-but-basic blouses

H&M girls blouse

Whether in the classroom or showing up for a video call with the class, a styling blouse or button-down shirt is a great way for your student to comfortably dress up the day. Better yet? Style doesn't have to come at the expense of comfort with so many made-to-move tops designed just for kids.

$14.99

A shirt ready to go whatever the day holds

H&M boys shirt

With "going to school" meaning anything from showing up in the classroom to doing a virtual session, it's important to have clothes that are perfect for anything the day holds. A classic, cotton shirt with a fashion-forward design is a great way to keep your student feeling ready to start the year with an A+ attitude.

$9.99

This article was sponsored by H&M. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Including a battle plan for clogged ducts!

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

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Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

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Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.

$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

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For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

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Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

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Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

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Sen. Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's VP: What this means for mothers

Harris is making history as the first Black and South Asian woman to join a major party ticket.

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[Editor's note: Motherly is committed to covering all relevant presidential candidate plans as we approach the 2020 election. We are making efforts to get information from all candidates. Motherly does not endorse any political party or candidate. We stand with and for mothers and advocate for solutions that will reduce maternal stress and benefit women, families and the country.]

On Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, picked California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate and vice-presidential nominee. This is huge news for mothers in the United States because Harris has been pushing for change on several issues that matter so much to moms.

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