Our mission is to meet the overlooked need for diapers and diapering supplies for families of infants and toddlers in Collin County. We strive to close the diaper gap and keep babies clean, dry and healthy!
Helen Hutton, the founder of Baby Booties, started the organization in 2013 after 6 years in the field of child care (Little Acorn Childcare). Helen and co-founder Emily Padalino, mother of 5, understand the cost of diapers and realize how it can affect families. They decided to make a difference. They believe that giving a little changes a lot. That something as simple as a fresh and clean bottom can help babies and their families rise to the top.
Baby Booties provides free diapers and wipes and potty training readiness kits and there are no requirements other than a need for a clean and happy baby.
Based on 2014 US Census Bureau data, we estimate that nearly 5,000 children under age 5 are living in poverty and 30,000 children under 5 are living in low income households in Collin County. Making for huge diaper need county wide.
50% of all single mother households live below the poverty line.
1 in 3 families in America struggles to afford diapers for their children.
34% of families are forced to cut back on basics such as food, utilities or child care in order to purchase diapers for their child.
22% of all children under five years of age in the United States live in poverty.
Diaper need is real. Diapers are expensive, averaging around $80-$100 a month for one child. Federal assistance programs, such as SNAP (formerly called food stamps) and WIC, do not cover diapers. Parents are forced to make hard decisions with limited resources. Disposable diapers are typically a requirement of most childcare centers, making them a necessity for working parents. Many ask, why not cloth diapers? The answer is simple: one, many childcare facility only allow disposable; two, many families lack washer and dryers; three, many laundromats won’t allow washing diapers in their facilities. Therefor, the need for disposable diapers is great. If you, or someone you know, could use diapers and supplies for an infant or toddler, please contact us today.