She sounded terrified. Were diapers really that scary?
I thought long and hard throughout my maternity leave about whether to go forward with this or not. My biggest concern was actually the daycare. I realize that I pay them so they should use whatever products I require on my baby. However, I know that they are incredibly busy woman and I didn’t want to put them out too much either. I came up with a plan that I think is ideal for cloth diapering at daycare.
- bumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers were the first step in the plan. I bought many of them with hook and loop closures even though I read that they tend to wear out quicker. I wanted to provide them with a diaper that was as much like a disposable as possible. When you are changing six baby’s diapers at once it needs to go quickly. I bought a variety of other diapers for at home, but I’m very careful not to send them. I want to be consistent.
- Flushable liners were the next step. I provide them with liners to go in the diapers so that all poop can get thrown out. This step was actually for me. I didn’t want the poop sitting inside the diaper all day long waiting for me to clean it off at night.
- The final step is a Planetwise wet/dry bag. I think that this is an essential accessory for cloth diapering at daycare. Every morning I stuff the dry side with clean diapers and they put the dirty ones in the wet side throughout the day. I bring the bag home every evening and do the same thing the next day.
Using these three products have us successfully cloth diapering at daycare. I also recognized their fear of having to use cloth diapers. The week before my daughter started daycare I stopped in and showed them how to use the diapers. After showing them that it was very similar to a disposable they seemed much more at ease.
We are only a few weeks in and they have suggested to me a few times that we use disposables at daycare and cloth at home. I just explain to them that it’s important to me, my baby’s health, and my wallet that we use cloth full time.
Basically, I have tried to make it as easy as possible for them, but I’m also standing my ground. Now I am so committed to cloth that if they were to tell me that it’s not working out, I would find a new daycare center. I want to be respectful of them and their time, but also do what is best for my little one.
Written by Tracy K.
Bio: I am a wife and Mother of two. I work full time and love my work, but also love every moment at home with my little ones.