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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

  • I used sposies at day care, I just felt like it was easier for her as she had several other babies who needed changing too. I get overwhelmed with just 2, I can’t imagine how she felt with more! I never even asked at the time. I plan to look for one who does cloth next time if I need day care again though.

    Heather on
  • I work for myself and finally had my dd start daycare once a week at 9 months old. I was lucky enough to bring her to work with me until then. Her daycare does NOT accept cloth diapers because it is against state regulations (Colorado). I think I was told because it is unsanitary? But what is the difference between putting a ‘sposie in the trash bag never-to-be-touched again by their hands verses putting my cloth into a wet bag never-to-be touched again by their hands? I just don’t get it.

    Candace McCollett on
  • My daughter (almost one year old) is in daycare five days a week. We use an in-home daycare and our sitter was more than happy to use our cloth diapers. I just prestuff enough diapers for the day plus a few extra and send a large wetbag and she tosses them in there. If she has a poopy, I just spray it when I get home at night.

    Leslie S. on
  • I honestly dont get people that get so grossed out to cloth diapering plus what the fuss is about CDing. It’s just as easy as regular cloth diapering but with stuff that you don’t throw away or may snap. I use pockets and they are so easy a dad can even do it!lol

    Angela Streit on
  • Luckily we have nanny who will do cloth diapers. It is harder with daycare for sure.

    Jessie T-B on

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