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Cloth Diapers at Daycare?

As most of you know, I'm a full time stay-at-home mom (maid, cook, nanny, chauffeur, doctor and dog walker) and a part-time blogger. I know that many of you, however, probably work outside of the home, and I can honestly tell you, I have a lot of days where I wish I did too.  Being a stay at home isn't all sticky tables, runny noses, laundry stains, dirty dishes and poopy diapers-- it can be fun at times fun too and my moods often switch from bliss to stress in five to ten minute increments. I do love the fact that using cloth diapers means that no matter how many poopy diapers we have in one day, I just throw my Thirsties in the wash. Yesterday I had Cooper at the gym where I often go to do a light workout and get some writing done. The daycare is great. He's been going since he was six weeks old and he's happy to get out of the house. I call it my office and it even has WiFi. I get two hours of daycare daily with our membership and it's been my lifesaver. I always bring Cooper in his cloth diapers and I bring two extras. I change his diaper before we leave and toss the soiled one in the wet-bag and the extra back into the diaper bag. Since I'm always there, the daycare ladies have become quite familiar with Cooper's cloth diaper booty--but not because they've ever changed him--they're not "allowed" to so if he, or any other baby poops, they go and find his or her mother or father in the gym---yes, even if you're running at 6.0 on the treadmill or right in the middle of an oh-so-relaxing "Child's pose" in a yoga class--and silently beckon with a crooked finger and an apologetic smile that says "I'm not a bit sorry that I don't have to change your child's poopy diaper for you." The last time I was there, one of the daycare workers, an elderly lady of whom I'm quite fond, commented on how "fancy" Cooper's Thirsties were. She said that she had bought some cloth diapers for her grand-baby but that her daughter-in-law doesn't use them because the baby goes to daycare while she's at work and that they're not allowed. This got me thinking--is cloth diapering done mainly by stay-at-home moms? I have a hard time believing that there aren't lots and lots of cloth-diapering families that have both parents working outside of the home. So tell me, if your child goes to a daycare, whether it's in someone's home or at a center, do you bring your cloth diapers and if so, is it more work for you or for the caregivers since they don't have access to all of your accessories, not to mention your diaper pail? Working moms, tell us how you do it!
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58 comments

  • So glad to read this post and all the comments. I’m expecting in oct and have found cloth to be a tough sell to some, especially when daycare is brought up. I’m happy to hear the two aren’t always mutually exclusive.

    Katie on
  • We do use cloth diaper at our daycare! I kind of had to fight for it, they told me no at first and said they were against the law. I looked up the regulations for our state and emailed the owner to clarify the “law.” Since they receive funding from the state, they have to allow them so we were covered. I did a quick demo to the girls to show how easy they were and they were very accepting of it. I send around 6 per day and a wet bag. They place all dirties in the wet bag and I dump poo and drop dirties in the pail when I get home.

    Felicia R on
  • Our DD goes to an in-home day care- and the woman said she would give it a try to start and after 2 weeks commented how easy it is for her- we send either AIO or pre-stuffed pockets with flushable liners and she simply puts the dirty ones in a wet-dry bag and we send in a clean bunch every day. We use disposable wipes at day care just to make it easier and there have been no problems so far! So happy that we found someone who would give it a try to see how easy it is!

    Wendy on
  • I’m expecting my first lo in Feb. So haven’t used cd yet. However my husband and I both work full time and we have found a daycare for the two days a week that we need that is considering cd. We go Monday. I’m going to take part of my stash and hope to convince them that they are just as easy as sposies.

    Jennifer Noel on
  • When we first started CDing our dd, she was in daycare and they wouldn’t use them so she was in disposables during the weekdays. With our next one, I will either find a daycare that will or leave our baby with a family member.

    Amanda Alvarado on

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