What can a diaper bank do for you?

Five Rivers Health Center opens a Diaper Bank for parents in need. (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)
Five Rivers Health Center opens a Diaper Bank for parents in need. (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – No one can dispute the fact that babies go through a lot of diapers.

Child development experts say a newborn uses 10 to 12 a day. That number decreases at the baby gets older. They use about eight a day by the time they are 1 year old.

Do the math and you are talking about some $600 worth of disposable ‘body potties’ in the first year.

The Five Rivers Healthy Start Program is now touting a Diaper Bank for people who might otherwise be unable to afford diapers.

Many of its patrons live below the poverty level.

The Healthy Start Program partnered with Hannah’s Treasure Chest to find quality diapers from quality sources to offer to local families.

St. Vincent DePaul is providing the storage space for the Diaper Bank.

The Five Rivers Healthy Start Program is a six month old organization. It received a 5 year grant to improve perinatal health in the Miami Valley.

It has already added a full staff of knowledgeable employees and created prenatal incentive programs to help women safely through pregnancy.

It works with area hospitals as part of a Community Action Network that includes Dayton Children’s Hospital, Public Health of Montgomery County and the Life Resource Center among others.

The program ordered pallets of diapers in many sizes to help fill the need in the community.

Visit the Five Rivers Health Center on line to learn more about their programs.

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