Cloth Diapers in Daycare

Daycare Cloth Diapering: Tips, Communication, and Challenges

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Sending your baby to daycare can be a big adjustment, especially when it comes to cloth diapering. In this blog post, we'll explore the world of daycare cloth diapering, offering practical tips and advice to help you communicate effectively with caregivers, establish a diapering routine, and overcome common challenges.

Communicating with Daycare Providers

One of the most important aspects of successful daycare cloth diapering is effective communication with daycare providers. Before your baby starts daycare, schedule a meeting with the staff or director to discuss your cloth diapering preferences and any specific instructions or concerns you may have.  Sometimes showing them what a modern cloth diaper looks like, and how to change it makes a world of difference!  Provide clear, written instructions for diaper changes, including how to use and store cloth diapers, how often to change them, and what to do in case of leaks or accidents.

Establishing a Diapering Routine

Once your baby starts daycare, it's essential to establish a consistent diapering routine to ensure that their cloth diapers are changed promptly and properly throughout the day. Work with daycare providers to create a schedule for diaper changes based on your baby's needs and preferences, and be sure to provide an adequate supply of cloth diapers, wipes, and other diapering supplies to last throughout the day.

Overcoming Challenges

While daycare cloth diapering can be convenient and eco-friendly, it can also present its challenges. Common challenges include resistance from daycare providers, difficulty finding daycare centers that accept cloth diapers, and concerns about leaks or accidents.  Remember that daycare providers can come from many different backgrounds.  They may not be familiar with your specific type of diaper, or how to change it and store it.  Patience, and effective communication can help parents have a great working relationship with daycare providers and even show them that cloth diapers are easy to use!

Daycare and Cloth Diapers

Tips for Success

To help you navigate daycare cloth diapering successfully, here are some practical tips and strategies to keep in mind:

  1. Choose Daycare Centers that Accept Cloth Diapers: Before choosing a daycare center, it is a good idea to call or email to learn about their cloth diapering policies and whether they accept cloth diapers. Look for daycare centers that are open to cloth diapering and willing to work with you to accommodate your preferences.

  2. Provide Clear Instructions: Clearly communicate your cloth diapering preferences and instructions to daycare providers, including how to use and store cloth diapers, how often to change them, and what to do in case of leaks or accidents.  Written instructions are often best.

  3. Pack Supplies in Advance: Before your baby starts daycare, pack a diaper bag with a sufficient supply of cloth diapers, wipes, and other diapering supplies like plenty of wet bags to last throughout the day. Label each item with your baby's name to prevent mix-ups.

  4. Check In Regularly: Stay in regular communication with daycare providers to ensure that your baby's cloth diapers are being changed promptly and properly throughout the day. Ask for updates on your baby's diapering routine and address any concerns or issues that arise.

  5. Be Patient and Flexible: Remember that daycare providers may not be familiar with cloth diapering and may need time to adjust to your preferences. Be patient and flexible, and work together with daycare staff to find solutions to any challenges that arise.

The Type of Cloth Diapers You Use Matters

Love your vegan wool cloth diaper that needs to be lanolized at 3:04am specifically with soap made from Fairy wings?  That's amazing!  But it may be a bridge too far for your daycare provider to understand.  Keep everything simple!  The #1 recommended cloth diapers for daycares are All-In-Ones because the diaper is one piece and there is nothing a daycare teacher needs to do before placing it on baby.  Pockets can also work wonderfully if they are already stuffed and they don't have to deal with inserts if the baby poops.

Cloth Diapering Items I Used in My Daycare 

Full-Time Daycare 9am-5pm
  1. 10 AIO Cloth Diapers with disposable liners already placed inside.
  2. Medium Bag with clean diapers and and 10 small wet bags (usually they are comfortable placing each soiled diaper in their own bag).
  3. 2 Disposable Diapers (in case of emergency).
  4. 1 Change of clothes.
  5. 20 Cloth Wipes, 1 bottle of cloth wipe solution.
  6. 1 Pack of Disposable wipes (in case of emergency).

 

Part-Time Daycare 9am-12pm
  1. 5 AIO Cloth Diapers with disposable liners already placed inside.
  2. 1 Medium Bag with clean diapers and and 5 small wet bags (usually they are comfortable placing each soiled diaper in their own bag).
  3. 2 Disposable Diapers (in case of emergency).
  4. 1 Change of clothes.
  5. 10 Cloth Wipes, 1 bottle of cloth wipe solution.
  6. 1 Pack of Disposable wipes (in case of emergency).
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In Conclusion

Daycare cloth diapering can be a convenient and eco-friendly choice for parents who want to use cloth diapers but need to send their baby to daycare. By communicating effectively with daycare providers, establishing a diapering routine, and having a list of times, dates and routines, you can successfully cloth diaper your baby in daycare and enjoy all the benefits of cloth diapering. 

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Vanessa T.

Vanessa is a proud mama of two baby boys who were of course cloth diapered! Vanessa has helped thousands of parents cloth diaper since 2012. She was a cloth diaper leader educator through the RDIA, and helped parents navigate eco-friendly diapering through her cloth diaper brick and mortar store. In 2017, Vanessa started Lighthouse Kids Co. through feedback from parents in her weekly cloth diaper 101 classes who wanted an easy to use stay-dry cloth diaper with natural fibers. Since then, LKC has sold millions of quality cloth diapers in the US and abroad. Vanessa believes in cloth diaper advocacy and education and that every parent can cloth diaper sustainably.

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