Organization and prep the night before: Unlike sposies, I can't leave a giant pack there and just walk in and hand over my kid. Every night before school I need to stuff and put a liner (as needed) in each diaper, get several wetbags together, label everything, and bring this all in each and every day. No small feat when you also getting bottles, food, clothes, etc. Not to mention making sure those diapers make it to the dryer before you fall asleep J. Here is a list of what I send for my 1 year old (just on the diaper side):
- 6 Fuzzi Bunz double stuffed with 1 regular and 1 either Joe Bunz hemp or 1 Fuzzi Bunz doubler. She is a heavy wetter and I have found these thin doublers to hold in those long naps or more infrequent changes. Most days I also lay a fleece liner in the diaper as well (I leave diaper cream there).
- 1 large wet bag (this used to fit in a pail for 1 center but our new center didn’t want an actual pail) and 2 small wetbags for the BM diapers or dirty clothes (or else they will have to put them in plastic bags – great, more waste)
- ~8 wipes. They just run them under water there at the changing table but I have left a spray bottle for an alternate center and that also worked
Challenges along the way: At some point a few months in we started to see our daughter come home with leaks in nearly 2-3 pairs of pants a day. Hmm – human error with the diapers? Size adjustments? Crawling? A REALLY heavy wetter?... I'm telling you I tried it all (added doubles, adjusted elastic, new detergent). Then I realized that one thing I never made specifically clear was that though cloth diaper safe creams were given to them… they probably shouldn't be slathered on like some diaper rash creams could be on a sposie… yep – I had major build up (to be fair, I didn't really know this was an issue really – I figured CD safe, meant use as needed). So, this is how I eventually dealt with the repelling issue (with some really helpful tips from Stacy @ diaper shops on facebook – thank you for saving my stash):
- Rock a Soak – I did rock a soak in my tub over night… but with a sticky buildup this didn’t work. I will certainly do this more often for stains or stink though – wonderful
- I rinsed – a lot, over and over
- I bleached – I bleached the inserts, but the cream was on the shells so I was basically reduced to one final option
- I stripped – I scrubbed each and every shell fleece liner with a brush and Dawn soap (warning, this will probably negate any diaper warranty you have). I rinsed them in the tub adding pots of very hot water until I could see no more suds. I then rinsed in the washer several more times – washed and…. Whew, no more leaking!
- I lined – I learned my lesson. I can’t expect my daycare to do it like I would – so I simply line every diaper or leave liners at daycare in case a rash re-appears. I use washable liners and rinse and wash separate from my diapers.
At the end of the day: I take home the wetbag with dirty diapers every day (I somehow find pride in this – even though it is more to haul). Each night we (yep my husband is into this too) go through each diaper putting liners in a separate pile, pulling out inserts, and spraying or dumping BM diapers as needed (they are carefully packed in the small wetbags). We place it all into our home pail to wash. I wash every other day and we've been CD-ing for a year. I need a few extra bags to manage this but if you've ever seen all the plastic garbage bags they use you'll feel great about your waste savings.
Wether you plan to use cloth at a daycare, are dealing with challenges to using cloth there, or are thinking through some steps you might need to take before going back to work, I hope you find my experiences helpful. I keep thinking had I thought this through more I would have offered up a CD lesson to any parent who wanted one at the daycare and maybe we wouldn't be the only ones. Ultimately there are a lot of fun and energetic young ladies watching my daughter and who knows – maybe they'll use cloth or talk to other parents about cloth down the road.