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Cloth Diapers in Daycare :: How to Make it Work

One of the most common questions we’re asked at our New & Green Cloth Diapering 101 workshops is about cloth diapering at daycare. Do daycares allow cloth? Which diapers are best? Do I need any special equipment?

From the bit of research we’ve done, it seems the vast majority of daycares in the Lower Mainland are happy to accommodate cloth-loving parents, provided the process is made easy for the care providers.  We definitely recommend that you “know before you go” – call your daycare (or prospective daycares) and find out what they specifically prefer so that you don’t end up buying diapers and supplies you don’t need. Also, check out the Real Diaper Association’s excellent tip-sheet for some great info.

Basically, when it comes to cloth diapering in a daycare, it boils down to this:

KISS (Keep It Simple, Silly): Make it as easy for the care providers as possible.

  • Use diapers that are most like putting on a disposable – either an All-in-One or a pre-stuffed pocket diaper with Velcro closures. Velcro closures make diaper changes both easy and speedy!
  • Have a zipper-closure wetbag big enough to hold all the diapers from the day. A bag with a hanging loop is extra handy.
  • Considering using a disposable liner such as Bummi’s Flushable Bio-Soft liners and pre-line all your diapers. This way, poop is easy to deal with for the care provider and you’re less likely to have super-poopy diapers coming home for you to deal with later! (Always a plus!)
  • Remember that some daycares require that everything belonging to the child must be labeled, including cloth diapers. You can either stick these labels right on the diapers or hand-sew a little tag onto the diaper to hold the label so that you can easily remove it later. Laundry-safe labels can be found by searching online for “children’s clothing labels” (or some such variation).
  • If you want cloth wipes used as well, consider having them pre-wetted in a travel-size disposable wipes container so they are easy to grab and ready to use.

Be prepared: About 93% of the daycares we surveyed on the North Shore  stated that they would be happy to use cloth diapers, provided they were shown how to use them. At your first meeting with the provider, bring along samples of everything you’ll be sending with your child and be prepared to show them how to use it. It often helps if you’re upbeat and positive, emphasizing how easy the process is!

Be flexible: If your daycare isn’t quite sure about cloth diapering – even after your enthusiastic tutorial – perhaps propose a trial period, say three weeks, in which to try cloth. Likewise, choosing a different type of diaper may help the daycare as well. Be flexible in accommodating their needs as well as your own – some of them may never have seen modern cloth diapers.

Be happy: We believe that choosing cloth is a wonderful, fun, and sustainable choice for you and your family. Extending that choice to other people who care for your children can require courage, wisdom, and knowledge – you should be happy knowing you’ve prepared yourself for this journey and your child will reap the benefits. Hip hip hooray!

The genius behind bumGenius! diapers talks with New & Green

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I’d like to introduce to you, Jenn, the owner of CottonBabies and inventor of bumGenius Diapers.

First of all, tell us how many children you have and their ages. I have 3 kids – Andrew is 6. Oscar is 3 and Elsie is 4 months.

What was your biggest inspiration for your bumGenius Cloth Diaper invention? All of our products have been designed out of a need for something different. The Cotton Babies One-Size Microfiber Insert (now the bumGenius One-Size Microfiber Insert) happened one night when I was sewing some inserts up for a customer. I had a snap press in the laundry room and late one night, totally on a whim, I added a snap to the insert to try making it shorter. I still remember walking out of the laundry room, showing Jimmy the insert and asking him what he thought! He loved it and we were off and running. We both thought it made sense to design a diaper to work with our insert. The demands of a growing business and having another baby meant that it took some time for that dream to become reality. When it did though, bumGenius was born.

Can you tell us about your decision to have your products made in Egypt and what the factory is like there (working conditions, etc)? The decision to open the Egypt factory was based on the growing demand for bumGenius and to meet the international market. The majority of the diapers we distribute in the US are made in our Colorado factory. The Egypt factory was established with very deliberate intention of making sure we not only meet, but far exceed, Egyptian labor standards of living and working. Our priorities are a positive and healthy work environment.  Our staff there is happy and well-paid. They are skilled workers and are able to meet our high production standards.  We are proud of the factory that has been established there and the work we get to do with them.

Do you recommend a one size diaper for families planning on using their diapers for more than one child? The one-size fits most babes from 7-35 lbs.  The number of diapers in a stash and the quality of the care for those diapers will determine how long the overall diaper stash lasts.  We recommend a minimum of 24 diapers for one baby.  We can’t guarantee that those diapers will last through a second child, but with good care it is possible.  Our own diaper stash has been used on Oscar (now three) and is now on Elsie (four months).

What is your best tip for families just starting out in the world of cloth diapers to help them be successful? Just dive in and use your diapers!  If you have questions, call our customer service line at 888-332-2243.  We’re here to help with everything from first-time-use questions to how to wash your diapers.

What is your best tip for mothers who have a dream of starting their own business? My biggest tip for anyone would be to avoid debt. And always put your family first.

Can you tell us some of your strategies to balance your roles of mother and business owner? I bring Elsie to the office with me every day. I also try to take Fridays off so we can spend more time together as a family.

Thanks Jenn, we appreciate your time spent with us.  Keep up the good work.  Your diapers are changing the world!

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There’s No Place Like Home…

Many parents who attend our workshops want to know how to use cloth diapers when they are away from home. They can visualize how the system would work at home, but out and about or more far fetched – away on holiday or camping? How does that work??

It can be done! Here are our best tips for daytrips & outings, vacations and camping.

Daytrips and Outings: Not hard – at all. And you don’t need to bring a suitcase of stuff. What’s in our diaper bag? We carry 2-3 one step diapers (pre-stuffed pocket diapers or all-in-one diapers), a travel case of cloth wipes, a bottle of water (to drink or use on the wipes) and a wet bag to carry home the diapers we take off our little one.

Vacations:  If you have access to a washing machine, whether it be in-suite, in building or at a laundry mat, cloth diapering can be done.  Consider how often you can access the washer and then bring enough diapers to get you through.  So you may only need one day’s worth of diapers or you may need three.  Store your dirties in a drawstring diaper pail liner for easy transport and containment.  Use flushable liners for poop management.

Camping:  You can handwash your diapers and hang them to dry – we’d recommend a prefold diaper or pocket diaper system with this scneario, though.  All in ones are best left to a washing machine’s skilled agitation to get really clean.  Another alternative is to use a compostable gDiaper insert in one of your pocket diapers.  This would allow you to use your pocket shell as the cover and either lay a gDiaper insert inside the diaper or stuff it inside.  We have had good results with laying the gDiaper insert inside of the AMP Duo or stuffing it in the Duo or bumGenius Pocket.  With this method you toss or bury the insert (use common sense, please, not by a water source and don’t throw in an outhouse) and all you have to rinse/wash is the pocket shell.  There is minimal hand-poop contact if you use the insert on top of the diaper shell instead of stuffing it inside.

What’s in your diaper bag?

Changing the Change Table

With a baby in the house and a 2.5 year old in the house, I was finding that the traditional change table just wasn’t meeting my needs.  Sure it looked lovely all set up in the girls’ room with the diapers, the wipes and all the necessities but it wasn’t working.  I change Clare on the bed, on the couch, on the floor  – it seems anywhere but the change table.  So I asked myself why?

The answer is:  I need to be within “eye-reach” of my 2.5yr old so we change diapers where she is.  And she typically doesn’t stay in one place for long.  So to make sure everyone is safe, we just change on the go, where necessary.  This led to a pile of diapers and changing gear in the family room, albeit easy to access, but not terribly tidy.  Didn’t appeal much to the type A portion of my personality.

So the MBC (Mobile Changing Unit) was born.

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I love our MBC – it has our wool puddle pad, diapers and wipes all in one handy spot.  There’s usually a squirt bottle with wipes solution in there too, but the toddler ran off with it just before I clicked.  It’s her mission in life to get that darned bottle and get everyone wet!!

So where we need it, it goes.  My toddler can even be a big helper and bring it to me.  So now when the diapers get washed, the MBC gets re-loaded.  It’s working.  For now.

What’s your change table solution?

Daycare & Diapers

Heading back to work after maternity leave is not always on the forefront of your mind when you are still pregnant or making your diaper plan, but it definitely is something to consider. Most children will still be in diapers at least part time past their second birthday. With mat leaves lasting about a year, that leaves one year of diapering to a care provider – be it family, a nanny or daycare.

We’ve surveyed all the care providers in one city in the lower mainland that and found that 93% of them were agreeable to cloth diapering. The ones that said no gave the reason that they perceived it was too messy or that they had a bad experience in the past. Many of them said and emphatic YES! But then followed with…as long as YOU wash them. But of course!!

To make life easier for your care providers, we suggest that you consider providing them with a one step diaper such as a pocket diaper or an All-in-One Diaper. Velcro closures are more intuitive than snaps (though with some coaching, can be very easy, too). We also recommend that you pre-load your diapers with Bio-soft flushable liners so the poop is easily taken care of by your care provider or by you later on. We love the Monkey Doodlez Tote for daycare as it has a zipper and a loop for hanging up. It’ll easily hold a days worth of diapers. You can have a clean and a dirty one.

Most care providers would appreciate an orientation to putting on, taking off and storing the used diapers. You may also want to tell them how to position the Bio-soft liners, the reason for them and how to dispose of them.

So, to summarize, it is important to think of who’ll be using your diapers (besides your child!). Consider your care provided when purchasing your second set of diapers. Most care providers are more than willing to give cloth a go but may need some coaching.

Here are some diaper & accessory choices that may be the best match for a care provider: