Being a mom is hard enough.
Especially with that first baby, your heart is overwhelmed with joy while your body is overrun by postpartum hormones (and sometimes pain from the birth itself)…and then comes the real overwhelm:
This is real. This tiny creature is completely my responsibility.
What do I do next???
All that hot mess is definitely hard enough…without adding poverty to the mix.
Sometimes I look back at the month after the birth of my own first child and wonder how I made it through – and I had a loving husband, a mom who visited and took care of me for a few days, and first world problems like moving from an apartment to our first house.
Tough, sure, but not devastating by any means.
My heart really goes out to young moms in poverty more than most other groups in need, and I’m thrilled to partner with Seventh Generation and their "Change for Good" campaign.
This post is sponsored by Seventh Generation.
Seventh Generation and Whole Foods teamed up to get diapers in the hands (well, on the bottoms really!) of those in most need in our country.
When you buy a package of 7th Generation diapers at Whole Foods, the companies will donate a package to Baby Buggy, a nonprofit serving children in need ages 0-14.
Baby Buggy works on incentive-based donations, which is something I’m pretty passionate about. Here’s how it unfolds (from their website):
Baby Buggy takes an innovative child-focused approach to curbing generational poverty by linking access to critical child gear items to parental participation in programs designed to lift the family out of poverty.
Together, the services and the items add up to far greater impact. Our donations, which are distributed to a network of over 100 community-based organizations across the country, help to offset the high cost of providing for infants and young children at a critical stage in a family’s life.
How great is that!??
The diapers from Seventh Generation will not only help the littlest of our poor have enough diapers to wear more than one a day (the only option for some parents when there just isn’t enough money to buy diapers), but they also are serving the environment by the production choices Seventh Generation makes.
Their commitment to the environment (for "seven generations," hence the brand name) results in tons less chlorine released into the environment and a more hypo-allergenic diaper for babies – plus have you smelled conventional disposable diapers lately? Phew! My nose has become sensitized to chemical fragrances after years of natural product use, and it’s a bit offensive to have to smell that "fakey baby powder" scent.
Um, Katie…Cloth Diapers?
You all know we use cloth (most of the time) with our own babies – but I didn’t for the first two! So even though cloth is likely both more frugal and more environmentally friendly, it’s just not always feasible to teach low-income families to use cloth diapers and make sure the infrastructure is in place for them to get washed.
Serving those in need isn’t always about maintaining the highest standards of perfection, but about filling a true need in the way that the person can accept it (our family learns that lesson each time we help pack sack suppers for kids in need in our community – it’s processed food, but at least it’s food).
So I love what Seventh Generation is doing, and I hope those of you lucky enough to have a Whole Foods nearby (not me, sniff, sniff!) will take advantage of the opportunity, which runs through September.
Read more about the Change for Good campaign HERE or just high-tail it to your nearest Whole Foods and buy some diapers. Even if you don’t have a baby right now, buy some to donate at your own favorite local crisis pregnancy center and double your impact!