SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Cloth diapers are a great alternative for families looking for a change from disposables, and Diaper Bank of the Ozarks has a loan program for families wanting to test them out.
The director of the Cloth Diaper Program estimates one in 10 babies in the Ozarks uses cloth diapers. Diapers go on loan until families can afford their own, or until potty training is over. Classes are available at the Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield as well as at the Pregnancy Resource Center in Republic.
Last year, about 120 loan kits were given out, which are customizable for families, but only with the help of community donations. Amanda Gaston, the director of the Cloth Diaper Program for Diaper Bank of the Ozarks says one of her kids is allergic to disposable diapers, so cloth was the perfect fit, but there are other benefits as well.
“Most children that are in cloth diapers as opposed to disposable diapers potty train earlier, so that’s a huge benefit. They tend to have less rashes, so that’s also a huge benefit,” Amanda Gaston, the director of the Cloth Diaper Program for Diaper Bank of the Ozarks said.
The Diaper Drive goes through the end of April, so you have the weekend to get those donations in. Cloth diapers are accepted.
“Cloth diapers are kind of like cars, there’s so many makes and models out there that most families can find something that works best for them,” Gaston said.
As a reminder, any open packages of disposable diapers are also welcome if your kids or grandkids have grown out of them. You can drop of diapers at about 20 different businesses and organizations across town, including KOLR10:
· Cox Medical Center South (North Entrance, West Pavilion, West Tower and The Turner Center)
· Cox North Hospital (Outpatient Entrance)
· Cox Medical Center Branson (Cafeteria and Plaza One)
· Cox Monett Hospital
· CoxHealth Primrose Building
· CoxHealth Learning Centers
· CoxHealth Home Support
· Hulston Cancer Center
· The Meyer Center
· The Martin Center
· Cox College
· Grooms Office Environments
· Great Southern Bank
· Prime Trucking
· Evangel University
· Sapp Design Architects
· Midwest Technical Institute
· H&R Block
· Jack Henry & Associates (Springfield)
For additional drop-off locations or more information, please contact The Women’s Center at 417-269-LADY.