I came upon the Diaper Bank Network by chance when I was following up on a story about ‘No Baby Unhugged’ yesterday. This was a story about hospitals in Canada recruiting mothers to come into hospital to offer hugs and cuddles to babies in NICU whose mothers are not able to offer them at an early stage.
“Research shows that the act of hugging releases oxytocin and serotonin which reduces anxiety and stress and negates pain. We encourage parents to hug as much as they can from very early on,” said Rebecca Meyers, MS, child life manager at Lurie Children’s Hospital. “When babies have a longer stay in the NICU and parents unfortunately can’t be there all of the time, our NICU volunteers are able to step in and help provide this crucial interaction.”
So in line with the NICU Nurses, Huggies have designed specially-designed diapers and wipes to match the unique needs of premature infants to ensure these babies have the products they need to thrive. New Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers and Huggies Little Snugglers Micro Preemie Diapers are soft, gentle and fitted for the most delicate babies. These special diapers are 100 percent hand inspected, folded individually and packed by hand to ensure babies’ delicate skin is clean and healthy. Every dedicated Huggies worker puts a personalized sticker and their name on each box, confirming that it has been handled with care. Huggies Natural Care Extra Sensitive Wipes are the first and only baby wipe specifically designed for premature skin to gently glide while cleaning baby’s fragile, compromised skin.
Making a Difference in Diaper Need:
Kimberly-Clark first brought the issue of diaper need to the forefront in 2010, when a groundbreaking Huggies study revealed one in three U.S. moms suffer from the inability to provide fresh, clean diapers for their babies. These parents often have to choose between paying for food or diapers which can lead to increased stress and strife. Huggies has donated more than 200 million “hugs” in the form of diapers and wipes since 2010 and helped build up a capability of 300+ diaper banks across the country as the founding sponsor of the National Diaper Bank Network. Huggies No Baby Unhugged will continue to help ensure babies get the hugs they need in the form of diaper and wipes donations. Parents can help give hugs too by simply donating their points through the new Huggies Rewards app or on Huggies.com.
To learn more about Huggies No Baby Unhugged and how you can help give hugs too, visit Huggies.com.
It never crossed my mind when my babies were in diapers that this basic need could be deprived for some babies. I have looked at the Diaper Bank Network and as far as I can see there is a bank in every state in the USA. Here is a link to the National Diaper Bank so you can go have a look yourself, you may be in need of diapers if you have twins or triplets, but you may also be able to offer donations too.