Frequently Asked Questions


Answers To Your Questions

1. Does Babycycle take opened diapers?

Yes we take opened and out grown diapers! We will even un-roll all those cute diaper cakes if you wish to donate them to the diaper bank. We count these diapers and repackage them for families in need.

2. How much do diapers cost?

An adequate supply of diapers can cost over $100 per month. Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large retailer can double or triple the monthly cost for diapers. Many parents are already struggling to pay for rent and food and simply cannot afford the high cost of an adequate supply of diapers for their children.

3. Can’t parents buy diapers for their children with WIC or Food Stamps (SNAP Program)?

A. Safety-net programs such as the Food Stamp Program and WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) do not cover the cost of diapers.

4. What is the impact of a lack of diapers for a child?

In low-income families, a baby can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to potential health and abuse risks.

5. Why don’t families use cloth diapers for their children?

The vast majority of licensed day care centers do not accept cloth diapers, and require parents and caregivers to provide a steady supply of disposable diapers. Most people living in poverty do not have affordable access to washing facilities. Furthermore, most coin-operated laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons. Low-income parents cannot take advantage of free or subsidized childcare if they cannot afford to leave disposable diapers at childcare centers. If parents cannot access daycare, then they are less able to attend work or school on a consistent basis. This in turn leads to increased economic instability and a continuation of the cycle of poverty. The Diaper Bank is 100% in support of the use of cloth diapers where feasible. Our goal is to ensure everyone who needs a diaper has one.

6. Do you accept cloth diapers?

Yes. We have partner agencies that do take the cloth diapers, and we also have a partnership with a cloth diaper agency that mends and distributes cloth diapers.

7. Why don’t you distribute diapers to the public directly?

For two reasons:
1. Using the existing social service of our partner agencies (rather than reinventing our own) keeps our overhead costs low and community involvement high.
2. A lack of diapers is a symptom of a larger issue of poverty or crisis. Our partner agencies offer total solutions that help families for the long term.

8. How can I host a diaper drive of my own?

Hosting a diaper drive is easier than you might think! Check out this page on (Link to our new tool kit coming soon!!) for everything you need to host a diaper drive at your school, workplace, church or daycare center.

9. Is my donation to Babycycle Diaper Bank tax deductible?

Yes. Babycycle Diaper Bank is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID is 46-3452785.

10. How can I get diapers from Babycycle?

Babycycle Diaper Bank provides diapers to social service organizations and government agencies (such as schools) that are helping families in need through comprehensive programs and services. Babycycle Diaper Bank has found that distributing diapers in this way ensures they reach those who need them most. It also provides partnering organizations a resource – diapers – they are not normally able to provide, increasing the services they can offer. By working with organizations that are already well established in the community and currently working with families in need, Babycycle Diaper Bank ensures that the diapers collected are distributed to families in the most efficient and timely manner. If you would like to receive diapers on an ongoing basis, please check our home page for a current list of our partner agencies.

11. How do I volunteer?

Babycycle Diaper Bank wouldn’t exist without our volunteers! We need volunteers to wrap and package our diapers for partner agencies. Please email to get all the details on how you can personally make a difference in the lives of babies in the Tampa Bay area.