Healthy Steps Diaper Bank, established on July 1, 2013 by Susan Speese, is a 501©3 non-profit organization that collects, stores and helps distribute free diapers through partner agencies to families in need. We are unique, in that we are the only Diaper Bank in the Greater Harrisburg area serving Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, and York counties.
1 out of 3 families struggle to buy diapers. Although Pennsylvania offers programs such as the Women, Infant, and Children program (WIC) and food stamps (SNAP), diapers cannot be obtained through either of these programs. Without a sufficient supply of diapers, parents are forced to keep babies in diapers longer than is healthy for the child.
Most child care centers, even free and subsidized facilities, will turn away a child who arrives without a day’s supply of disposable diapers. Cloth diapers are not accepted at the vast majority of childcare centers. Many parents cannot go to work or school if they cannot leave their babies at childcare. Cloth diapers are also not a viable option for families who do not have reliable access to laundry facilites. Most laundromats prohibit the washing of cloth diapers in their machines for sanitary reasons.
Healthy Steps Diaper Bank collects diapers and then through partnerships with local non-profits, those diapers are distributed to families to supplement what they are currently able to purchase. This enables families to properly diaper their children reducing the risk of diaper rash, staph infections, and urinary tract infections. The result is a healthier child, fewer doctor and ER visits, and parents that feel confident in providing a basic need for their children.
We also offer a free “Healthy Diapering” training to educate mothers and caregivers on the importance of healthy diapering as well as the possibilities of infections when poor diaper habits are used. The training also includes a section about potty training.