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When is it?
Every May 4th
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What's the hashtag?
#KINDDay
Who founded it?
Candace Marie Smith of Berries & Caterpillars

Being a new parent is rough, and it doesn’t get any easier when the cost of everything a baby needs is factored in. And everyone knows that one of the most expensive costs of having a baby that can’t be ignored is the need for diapers. With a newborn baby needing 8-10 diaper changes a day, this is no small cost.

Kids In Need Of Diapers Day or K.I.N.D. was established to help families that are struggling with the costs of diapers for their babies. Every year this day aims to raise awareness for these families, and its celebrants strive to ensure these children have everything they need.

So get ready for “Kids In Need of Diapers” or K.I.N.D. Day!

History Of K.I.N.D. Day

Originally started in 2013 by the founder of Berries & Caterpillars, Candace M. Smith, K.I.N.D. Day was established to help out struggling families in her local Orlando, Florida community. News of this incredible cause got out and brought thousands of families together to help those in need.

After her project, Diapers 4 Good, was overwhelmed by families in need, Candace got out into the community to personally bring bags of diapers to families that needed them. Rather than giving up because the need was so large, Candace just redoubled her efforts to ensure that no baby ever needed to be left in a wet diaper.

Staying in a wet diaper isn’t good for children, and their diapers should be changed regularly. Continuous wear of wet and soiled diapers can result in itchy rashes that are painful and irritated. Not only that, but when exposed to human waste these diaper rashes can become further aggravated and extremely uncomfortable.

Diaper rash doesn’t end immediately when those diapers are changed, either. The rash remains sensitive and painful, and can be chronic, causing babies to have trouble sleeping and to be generally irritable.

K.I.N.D. Day is a cornerstone in the effort to alleviate a problem that vexes almost a third of all parents today. While these parents struggle to make ends meet, they often end up falling short of the money needed to buy diapers for their children. Even more expensive are the ointments and creams that will help to alleviate these concerns.

K.I.N.D. Day is the ideal opportunity to lend them a hand and help support a family with a baby who needs diapers!

K.I.N.D Day Timeline

1887

First mass-produced diapers are made in US

These cloth diapers are rectangular in shape and typically made from linen or cotton flannel.[1]

1935

Diaper services make an appearance 

With the awareness of germs and bacteria, people had begun boiling diapers, making it harder for them to wash–thus, the appearance of the diaper service.[2]

1942

First disposable diaper is invented 

An absorbent pad held in place by rubber pants is created in Sweden during World War II.[3]

2001

National Diaper Bank Network is started 

With more than 200 members throughout the US, this charitable organization works to meet diaper needs for families.[4]

2013

K.I.N.D. Day is founded 

Kids In Need of Diapers Day is founded by Candace M. Smith from Orlando, Florida.

How to Celebrate K.I.N.D. Day

Consider some of these ideas for getting out into the community and observing Kids In Need of Diapers Day:

Donate Some Diapers for Families in Need

The easiest way to celebrate K.I.N.D. Day is to buy a few bags of diapers, wipes and diaper rash ointment and then donate them to support a local family-oriented organization.

Or those who are feeling sneaky and know a neighbor or stranger who has trouble diapering their child, this might be the right time to leave a gift for them on their porch, but of course it would be important not to embarrass them.

If crossing the path of someone who is homeless and has a child who may be in diapers, it might be appropriate to ask if they’re in need of supplies.

Host a Community K.I.N.D. Day Event

What’s better than just one person giving diapers? A whole community of people working together to help, of course! If there isn’t already a K.I.N.D. Day diaper drive in the local community, consider starting one. Check with schools, churches, libraries, clubs and other community organizations to see if they’ll allow a collection to take place.

Then, the items can be donated to a local shelter, a family support network, food bank, pregnancy center or other charitable group that helps support moms & dads who have babies.

Host a Baby-Themed Party

K.I.N.D. Day doesn’t have to be all serious. It can also be a bit of fun! Organize a movie viewing night with friends where baby-themed snacks are served . Have guests bring packages of diapers and wipes to donate as an “admission fee” and then engage in some baby-themed games.

Later in the party, have everyone enjoy a baby-themed movie to have a laugh. Try out one of these movies where babies in diapers are delightful and comedic:

  • Look Who’s Talking (1989). This silly rom-com starring John Travolta and Kirstie Alley features Bruce Willis’ voice as a talking baby.
  • Storks (2016). This 3D computer animated film, featuring the voice of Andy Samberg and Kelsy Grammer, tells the story of a stork who was supposed to deliver a baby, but decided to keep it for himself.
  • The Boss Baby (2017). Also computer animated, this film stars the voice of Alec Baldwin as a baby who behaves normally around adults but acts like an adult with his big brother.
  • Three Men and a Baby (1987). Three bachelors attempt to change their lives to take care of a baby that mysteriously belongs to one of them. Starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson.


Organize a Diaper Drive at the Office

Those who have coworkers who are agreeable to the idea might want to set up a diaper drive at the office or factory where they work. Perhaps, get people excited about it by arranging for teams and then creating a competition where the winning team gets a prize.

K.I.N.D. Day is a great chance to help ensure that all the babies in the world have clean and healthy bottoms.

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