When you are a young parent, you quickly realize you have many obligations, one of which is keeping your child in clean diapers.
This is not the fun part of parenting. It is the part of parenting that makes you wish you could find a time capsule and go back and erase those 3.8 minutes of fun that led to your bundle of joy.
Sorry, no such time capsule exists. Maybe a San Diego start-up will look into this.
In a child's early years, he or she will go through a lot of diapers. The number is tough to quantify. Einstein tried to figure this out but took the easier route and came up with the theory of relativity.
Hawking's still trying.
So that's why San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez's proposal to stop taxing diapers is a good one. It even has bi-partisan support, something of a rarity in Sacramento.
She estimates it will save parents as much as $100 a year if the state sales tax is removed. Her argument is simple: Diapers are a necessity to keep your child healthy. If your child has a spoiled diaper, it's not just the smell that's a problem. Diaper rash is painful and your child will let you know of his or her pain.
Gonzalez also notes that parents are required to bring diapers to daycare. They don't supply them. So if you want to hold a job, diapers are a necessity — just like reliable transportation.
Arguably, taxing diapers is kind of cold. We're talking babies, here. The tax man has a bad enough rep, particularly in California, which is always being accused of gouging.
It's not as if they are many alternatives to diapers. It's one of those things parents discover at awkward times — such as 3 in the morning, when you have none. Speaking from experience, a T-shirt will not work.
That's why many parents frequent this magical place called Costco where diapers are sold in bulk-size. You need a forklift to carry your diapers to your car. And they will last a weekend. Maybe.
Obviously, this proposed tax-break is not going to save parents a ton. But it will help. And young parents need all the help they can get. Many struggle financially with the new and costly demands of parenthood. Raising a kid to 18 costs $245,000, according to a recent study done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
About $200,000 of that is in diapers. (Or at least it seems that way...)
Six other states do not tax diapers. California needs to join the list.
Don't tax Huggies!!!
(FYI lawmakers: Parents could also do some serious civil disobedience actions with used diapers if you fail to act on this one.)