On average, a child will need 7,000 diapers from birth to age two. Many children will not be potty trained by age two and will continue to need diapers. The average cost of a diaper is $.23-$.26 per diaper. Infants go through 10-12 diapers per day. The average cost for a monthly supply of disposable diapers is more than 6% of the gross full time salary of a minimum wage worker.
In low-income households, a baby can spend a day or more in a single diaper. Babies without an adequate supply of diapers suffer more medical issues such as urinary tract infections, skin infections, diaper rash and worse. A baby crying from being in a soiled diaper for prolonged periods of time is more likely to be abused. Mothers who experience diaper need are more likely to suffer post partum depression. An adequate supply of diapers for infants and children is considered a basic human need.