The Bottom Line
One in three families can’t afford diapers. Why are they so expensive? Across America, millions of parents find themselves caught amid these opposing forces: diapers that keep getting better but not cheaper, the gap in assistance for the poor and the every-few-hours wail of a child who needs a change.
Lalandria Goolsby discovered the diaper divide nine months into her pregnancy. It didn’t take long to realize what it meant for her family in St. Petersburg. Affording diapers was going to be difficult.
What would happen, she wondered, if she ran out?
Story by KATHLEEN McGRORY
Photography/Video by EVE EDELHEIT
Full Project: tampabay.com/projects/2018/features/baby-diaper-cost/