Pandemic supply chain issues affect diaper inventories

Diapers are the latest product to be in short supply during the pandemic and the cost of diapers is going up putting many Bay Area parents in a bind.
Diapers are the latest product to be in short supply during the pandemic and the cost of diapers is going up putting many Bay Area parents in a bind. Photo credit Getty Images
By , KCBS Radio

The pandemic supply chain has claimed yet another victim – diapers.

With widespread shortages, prices are skyrocketing, putting many parents in a bind.

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"They're expensive. Everything is expensive right now," said Michael, parent of a two-year-old child surveying the spread of diapers at an East Bay Walmart. "We have seen our grocery bill go up to $150." According to Michael, diapers have increased in cost by $2 to $4 a bag.

Two leading diaper manufacturers raised their prices this year due to supply chain issues.

"Find a way to bring the prices down. Please. Especially for the average worker, you know, the person who doesn’t make six figures," said Michael.

On average, it costs a family $75 to $100 to keep a baby in diapers, according to Joanne Samuel-Goldblum, CEO of the National Diaper Bank Network.

"Families who are living week-to-week and are buying diapers from a corner store or gas station – the diapers cost much, much more," she said.

Samuel-Goldblum estimated that one in three American families are struggling to pay for diapers.

Some people are turning to reusable or cloth diapers but, "less than 15% of Americans use cloth diapers," she said.

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