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Austin Diaper Bank is proud to provide diapers to Bluebonnet ECI.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Partner Spotlight: Helping Hand Home for Children

Austin Diaper Bank is proud to partner with Helping Hand Home for Children, a therapeutic home for children who have been neglected, abused or abandoned.  Helping Hand Home has an impressive history, stretching back to before 1900.  HHH has a residential treatment program that provides basic needs, individual and family therapy, regular wellness exams, enrichment activities and education for children who have experienced trauma and/or have severe emotional or behavioral issues.  An onsite UT charter school caters to their population.

Helping Hand Home also has a Foster Care Program and a Foster to Adopt Program.  From their website:

"Having someone believe in me and not be afraid to support me at every step, opened my eyes. My foster parents gave me a chance at life; to begin fresh and know anything is possible if you first believe in yourself, and that others out there believe in you too."


A FORMER HHH FOSTER CHILD

We are so happy to be able to help their cause and give diapers to those babies and toddlers who need them. They are especially in need of larger sizes (4, 5, 6).  Thank you for your support of Austin Diaper Bank as you ultimately end up supporting great partners like Helping Hand Home for Children.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Over 1300 diapers donated last night!

Hey Austin, you are awesome!  Thanks to our mention on KUT's report about diaper need, we received over 1300 diapers at Amy's Ice Creams Monday Movie Night.  If you missed us, you can still donate diapers via wish list online here and funds online here.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Diaper Need in the News Today

With the release of a new study in the journal Pediatrics, diaper need is in the news.  1 in 3 mothers report difficulty in getting diapers for their little ones.  One takeaway: "In fact, worry over how to pay for diapers is now among the top stressors for low-income parents, next to concerns about food and housing, researchers say."  Sadly, "One in 12 mothers in a study admitted to 'stretching' diaper supply - leaving a dirty diaper on their child or cleaning and reusing a disposable diaper - because they couldn't afford new ones."

This study confirms what many people who run diaper banks already know: diapers can make all the difference in a happy and healthy household.  Today's diaper need articles from around the country:

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/diaper-weighs-heavy-low-income-moms-study-article-1.1411741

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/it-made-me-feel-ashamed-poor-moms-anguish-over-diaper-6C10775589

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-diaper-need-20130729,0,1515372.story

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/29/diaper-needs-put-stress-on-moms/?iref=allsearch

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/07/29/many-low-income-moms-struggle-to-afford-diapers-study

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Monday Movie Night and Diaper Drive at Amy's Ice Creams on Burnet

We can't wait for Space Jam Monday night at Amy's.  Our volunteers will be doing face painting and temporary tattoos from 7 pm to 8:30 pm before the movie starts.  Bring your diapers, even the opened packs of ones your little ones have outgrown, swim diapers and pull-ups.  If you forget your diapers, we'll have a donation jar too.  Come cool down with some Mexican Vanilla or Belgian Chocolate.  First 5 people to donate diapers get free ice cream!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Car Seat Updates: When Can Your Child Go Without a Car Seat?

The short answer is maybe junior high if you have a child on the smaller side!  I've recently talked with some mamas who were confused about the car seat guidelines.  Turn to face forward after one year old?  When to booster?  Obviously, we all want our kids to be safe.  To add to the confusion, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has less strict guidelines than the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Personally, if we have to do all this car seat madness, I don't want to leave anything to chance, so I'm going with the docs on this one.
AAP has a great website (healthychildren.org) that serves as a wonderful reference tool.  Their car seat safety page has this helpful chart to distinguish  the different requirements.

Types of car seats at a glance

 Age Group
Type of Seat
General Guidelines 
Rear-facing only seats and rear-facing convertibleseats
All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat'smanufacturer.
Toddler/preschoolers
Convertible seats and forward-facing seats with harness
Any child 2 years or older who has outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car seat, should use a Forward-Facing Car Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed their car seat’s manufacturer. This also applies to any child younger than 2 years who has outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit of their seat.
Booster seats
All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
Seat belts
When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.
 
All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.


He looks comfy, doesn't he?

Beverly Hamilton, ADB President

Friday, July 26, 2013

Have You Heard of Kangaroo Care?

Have you ever heard of Kangaroo care?  According to the March of Dimes website, Kangaroo care is the practice of holding your diapered baby on your bare chest with a blanket draped over your baby's back, much like a baby kangaroo in a pouch.  This skin-to-skin contact has several benefits for both you and your baby. 

The benefits of Kangaroo care to infants include: maintaining their body temperature, regulating their heart rate and respiratory rate, gaining weight, spending more time in deep sleep, spending more time quiet and alert, and less time crying. Kangaroo care can also promote successful breastfeeding since it can increase mother's milk production. Research has also shown that this method of contact has positive effects on infant brain development.

Kangaroo care is not only for moms to participate in, but a way to get dads involved too! It's great bonding time for dad and baby.  Kangaroo care is primarily used on premature babies but don't hesitate to use this great bonding tool for your newborn infant.

By Kim Hillman, RN with NICU experience

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Diaper Donation from Moms Club SW/Oaks!

Look at all those diapers!  We are so appreciative that the Moms Club of Southwest/Oaks decided to hold a diaper drive for Austin Diaper Bank during the month of July.  They ended up donating over 500 diapers! We challenge all the other Austin area Moms Clubs to diaper drive as well.  Anyone can host a diaper drive!  Find more information here.

Austin Diaper Bank's logo!

We love our new logo!  Thanks to Katy Byther, of loobirdpress.com, for creating this lovely logo for us.  Katy is an artist and graphic designer and specializes in wedding invitations, programs and the like.  She was great to work with and we love the result!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Our First Diaper Drive Was So Much Fun!

A huge thank you to Val, Jewlie and the rest of the staff at Amy's Ice Creams on Burnet Road for allowing us to hold our first diaper drive and do face painting at their Monday Movie Night!  Lots of folks came out to see Elf and eat ice cream on a warm, breezy evening.  Austin Diaper Bank scored some diapers and donations that will go to good use.  We'll be back at Amy's next Monday night for the showing of Space Jam.  Temporary tattoos and face painting for the kids from 7 pm until the movie starts at 8:30 pm.  Bring your diapers!
Sisters and their ice cream

Candy canes!

Getting ready to watch Elf

Monday, July 22, 2013

Diaper and Donation Drive: Amy's Ice Creams Monday Movie Night:Elf!

It's time for a movie night and diaper drive!  Amy's Ice Creams / Phil's Ice House will be showing the movie Elf at dusk.  Before that, from 7 pm and 8:30 pm, Team Austin Diaper Bank will be taking your diaper donations and doing some Christmas themed face painting for the kiddos.  We'll even have some diapers on hand for you to buy if you forget.  We can't wait to see you there!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Last day to get $25 off 2 Pampers Big Boxes

At Babies R Us and Toy R Us stores TODAY only, if you buy 2 Pampers big boxes (88 count or higher), then you get $25 off.  That's a good deal.  Maybe one for your kiddo and maybe one for Austin Diaper Bank kiddos?  You can drop off your diaper donations here: http://austindiaperbank.blogspot.com/p/drop-off-locations.html.  Thank you for supporting us and babies in need!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Build A Sign helped us get new signs!


Build A Sign's Giving Program helped us to get several signs to use for diaper drives.  These banners are awesome and eye-catching.  Look for them around town!  Thank you Build A Sign for your contribution to helping Austin's babies and seniors.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Partner Spotlight: Safe Place

Austin Diaper Bank is pleased to partner with Safe Place, a non-profit organization that has been advocating for women and their children for over 35 years.  Safe Place is helping to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change.
  • Safety- Crisis support hotline, hospital advocacy for rape victims, emergency shelter for anyone escaping domestic violence, UT charter school for children living in the shelter, and PlanetSafe, a collaboration with Travis County to provide safe visitation and exchange services for parents leaving abusive relationships.
  • Healing- Counseling, Short-term financial assistance and supportive housing
  • Prevention- Counseling and education programs for the prevention of dating violence, domestic violence, bullying, and sexual assault/abuse.
  • Community Education- Presentations and training on domestic violence issues and engaging in community dialogue to change social norms that promote violence in intimacy.
We help provide diapers for over twenty babies and toddlers who are currently at the shelter.  Like most social service organizations who work with diaper age children, Safe Place is in need of larger size diapers.  If you would would like to send funds to help Safe Place, simply click here.  You can also shop Amazon for diapers here and they ship directly to Austin Diaper Bank.  We are so happy to be able to diaper the babies and toddlers at Safe Place.  Your donations have an immediate impact for this important organization.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Are disposable diapers all the same?

In this recent article from Slate.com, the author looks at the increase of diaper brands on the market who are touting their products as "safer" for your baby.  An excerpt:

Research suggests that diapers, regardless of brand, are very safe. Yes, some children will be allergic to certain diaper components, which I’ll get into below, and for them, brands like Honest and Seventh Generation could be preferable. And yes, companies don’t always openly disclose ingredients on diaper boxes. But industry scientists describe many diaper ingredients (and diaper safety testing protocols) in the scientific literature. And many vocal parents and media outlets have misconstrued the small body of research on diaper ingredients to make diapers seem far more dangerous than they probably are. There’s no question that Honest diapers, as well as those made by Seventh Generation, Earth’s Best and several other “green” companies, are better for the environment than traditional diapers because their cores aren’t bleached with chlorine (a process that pollutes and requires a lot of energy) and because they use some plant-based materials in place of petroleum-based chemicals. But if you’re buying Honest because you think those other diapers will sicken your child, you’re probably being duped. (Continue reading)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Little Gym in South Austin: Our Newest Diaper Drop Spot!

Little Gym of South Austin is our newest diaper drop spot!
Donate new or even opened packs of diapers.
Find them at Mopac and William Cannon in the Arbor Trails Shopping Center.
Summer classes are still available and the fall schedule is out too.
If you want to donate straight from the laptop, then check out our Amazon Wishlist and your donation will ship directly to Austin Diaper Bank!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Donation Drop-off: Pumpkin Patch Children's Stores

We are excited to announce that both locations of Pumpkin Patch Children's Stores will serve as diaper donation drop-off spots.  Check them out: http://www.pumpkinpatchresale.com/

North: 2945 W. Anderson Lane (by Fresh Plus and Mr. Gattis)

South: 4211 S. Lamar (by Outback Steakhouse)

Both stores are open Monday through Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-5.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Partner Spotlight: H.A.N.D. (Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled)


Austin Diaper Bank is pleased to partner with H.A.N.D. (Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled, Inc.).  H.A.N.D. has been providing attendant services since 1972 and is licensed by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to provide Personal Assistant services.  They provide non-medical assistance to support those needing short or long-term care and they also assist clients with daily tasks to help them maintain independence and remain in their own home as long as possible.
We are pleased to be able to provide disposable undergarments for some of H.A.N.D.'s clients and hope to someday cover all their needs.  As one of their social workers said, "Our clients are always so grateful and relieved when we give them adult diapers.  They are very expensive and most of our clients live on very tight budgets just to cover the basics."  Austin Diaper Bank is happy to help!  If you are able to spare just $10, you could make a huge contribution in making one of Austin's citizens much more comfortable.

Monday, July 1, 2013

I'm giving up fantasy football for diapers

I love football. I really like fantasy football. But I've decided that babies and toddlers need my time more. I've convinced my husband to take over as coach of my fantasy team so I can use that valuable time for Austin Diaper Bank. I'm not sad about; in fact, I'm excited. Excited that all the time I dedicate to this cause means another little bottom will have a clean, dry diaper. I hope you'll consider joining me in this fight. Donate, volunteer, and spread the word about diaper need in our fair city.