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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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  • We use pocket diapers and cloth wipes and our daycare has no problem with it. They asked questions in the beginning, but the only other thing they said was how cute her diapers were! They just throw them in a wet bag hanging in her cubby.

    Sarah on
  • We use cloth exclusively and my 9mo goes to day care 3-4 days a week. I send her with the duo dipe or the aio. I pre-stuff the duos or other pockets if our stash of clean dipes is low. I send her in a pre-fold and always pack on extra for when I pick her up. Our day care is not allowed to rise poopy dipers so they send everything home in the wet bag. I un-stuff, rinse and put in the pail at home at the end of hte day. We have a pretty good routine and they are great about accommodating our needs. I still send disposable wipes but, I am tempted to send the spray bottle and cloth wipes when these run out. Finding a day care that would use cloth was part of our search.

    Katie Stack on
  • My husband & I both work fulltime outside the home. Our son goes to daycare 5 days a week at a center. They were really great when I talked to them about cloth. They had several other families try it before me & not stick with it (our son is 17 mos & has been in daycare since he was 4 mos, cloth the whole time).

    We pack 8 pre-stuffed pockets with flushable liners each day. The workers toss the liner when they change his diaper just like they would a disposable diaper. That way there isn’t poop sitting around in my wetbag. I use a wetbag with a loop & they hang it on a hook just above the trash can where they throw away the sposies. I take the dirties home each day & bring clean diapers with liners back the next day. It’s been very easy! Our center has been wonderful about it.

    Jill B. on
  • While we both work outside of the home, we have alternating schedules. I think we would have rethought cloth diapering had she needed to go to daycare. I have heard that around here they charge a fee for cloth diapering.

    Mariah on
  • I work full-time but we only use a babysitter. I wouldn’t dream of sending my baby to a daycare who refused to cloth diaper. I’m so sorry, you don’t want my money? That’s fine, I’ll find someone who will cater to the “stress” a cloth diaper adds to your daycare life! :-P

    Elizabeth S on

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