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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!

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: