There's a rash of diaper debate going on nationwide.
President Barack Obama wants to change the nation's "diaper divide" by helping low-income families cope with the cost of diapers. At the same time, efforts are underway in at least three legislatures — California, Connecticut and Tennessee — to exempt baby diapers from state sales taxes, while a similar effort in Utah failed.
"Diapers are really expensive," Obama said Friday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, while outlining a private effort aimed at getting diapers to low-income parents.
A White House blog, called "The Diaper Divide," said nearly 1 in 3 American families struggle with affording enough disposable diapers for their babies. The blog, referring to "the diaper disparity," said low-income families sometimes are paying 14 percent of their entire incomes just for disposable diapers.
The administration estimates disposable diapers cost about $936 per child a year. In some cases, lower-income families are paying double what higher-income families pay because diapers can sometimes be cheaper at warehouse stores, but those stores are not always available to the poor due to transportation issues or membership fees.