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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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  • I hate to admit it, but the past few weeks we just haven’t had time to do the whole cloth thing. They’re clean but have ammonia built up and I want to do a strip but since we live in an apartment and don’t have a washer/dryer in our apartment we just haven’t had time. I usually use my parents’ washer on the weekends but the past few weekends have been jam packed. I hate to say that we aren’t cloth diapering but with our wonky work schedules, we’ve been throwing out the money for disposables. Right now she isn’t in daycare but will more than likely be going to a daycare after she turns 1 in November. Our area doesn’t know much about cd’ing so I don’t know what they’re going to say when we start using them again.

    Corrie on
  • Our provider was hesitant at first. We go to an in-home daycare, so she makes the rules. When I promised her they’d be as easy as disposables, plus less trash in her garbage, she was intrigued. I brought in some with aplix and she was hooked. She shows them to everyone now.

    Amanda on
  • We use thirsties AIO at daycare (and home). Never one hesitation with the daycare. They just wanted to know the details but then no problem! There is another little girl in cloth as well in his class. I have heard some daycares or providers actually charge more! What?! It works the same way a disposable does! They’re not asked to wash. We’re very fortunate to have a wonderful daycare that welcomed his cloth diapered butt! :)

    Laura Czerwinski on
  • I am very thankful to have a found a cloth-friendly day care. In fact, when we were first checking it out, I asked the woman who was giving me a tour if they would “allow” cloth diapers, and she got excited and said that she wished more people used cloth. I wasn’t expecting such an enthusiastic response! Needless to say, that was one of the things that sold me on that particularly facility.

    Brittany on
  • I send my LO to daycare in pockets with cloth wipes and a wet bag. It works just fine although we have had a few leaks or blow outs at daycare and we have only had 2 at home. I assume it is because they don’t choose the correct snaps or something, but they never complain about the clothes changes. He is 4 months and he goes to a daycare center.

    Lindsey on

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