Daycare and Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapering at Daycare, Part 2

by shethinksmedia

This week we are adding a brief “part 2″ to our daycare and cloth diapers segment we did last week.

Many of you replied acknowledging that the setup we advised is used by you and your provider with great success, which excites us, and also new parents were excited to present their providers with that option. We also heard from a few day care moms themselves who work for larger care centers, who said their regulations vary a bit from what we advised. Their regulations require a pail with a foot-operated pedal, a lid that closes and the ability to put the diaper into the pail hands-free, which excludes our wet/dry bag option we suggested.

Consult with your provider beforehand, if this is the case, the wet/dry combo can still be used for transport, but for the actual storage of soiled cloth diapers at the center you are looking at a 13 gallon bin. Now, even at home, we recommend a 13 gallon trash can for a diaper pail if you choose to use one. They are often less than $10.00 at Walmart or Target, the Sterlite brands or something similar are perfect.

You want a close-top lid, not a swingy-style lid (not sure of the proper name for it-LOL), and you will need a pail liner. If you have a smaller pail, you can still get the bigger pail liner, they hug a decent size range of lids, and the excess will just gather at the bottom, it doesn’t hurt anything to go bigger with a pail liner. Some of these providers stated their clients just take the bag back and forth, gathered up in the car and rolled down, you would need 2 (one to bring in while you wash the other), so do check with your facility’s director to see what is allowed before you bring in the visual.

A nice bonus to a plastic 13 gallon bin, it is really easy to haul outside and hose down once in a while to clean it out, those fancy stainless steel ones that are really expensive get rusted out quickly, and can be more problematic to clean and heavier to haul around. No joke, I still use my original plastic bin that I started with about 9 years ago, they really can last ( a big reason for this in my experience, myself or my husband use it only, on some occasions the older children, too. When you don’t have little toddlers playing with the pedal and lid as they loooooove to do with a trash can, it saves you on wear and tear).

Happy diapering at daycare!

Stephanie, Abby’s Lane

Tips and Suggestions for Cloth Diapers at Daycare.

by shethinksmedia

Daycare and cloth diapers.

If your child will be entering into the care of another provider during their infancy or toddlerhood, and your provider is open to the idea of cloth diapers, we would like to present what we see working best for our customers. Now, as a general preface, I always suggest that you *not* let cloth diapers make or break your decision on a care provider. A great provider who uses disposables are worth their weight in gold, always choose this over a so-so sitter who loves cloth diapers. However, if your provider is open to the idea, we find having a visual to show them goes much farther than descriptions.

When you say “cloth” most providers envision a clothesline, bleach buckets, pins, rubber pants….not the updated systems you can use today. One system we advise taking in, and is easy on you, relies on using pocket diapers and two large wet/dry bags from Planet Wise. I love these bags because 1)they are huge, 2) they are made well and 3) great warranties.

You can stuff the front of the Planet Wise wet/dry bag easily with a day’s worth of pre-stuffed pockets and clean wipes. The back pocket is plenty big enough for the dirty diapers for that day, and easy to hang on the back of the door with a robe hook or wreath hanger to slip over the door. If you pre stuff the pocket diapers, the provider puts them on and takes them off as easily as a disposable. Instead of a pail, they use the bag, and it goes home with you, creating less work than a pail for the provider. You take the entire bag home at the end of the day, bring the second pre-stuffed set back the next day.

I advise a “code” for the soiled diapers, so when you bring them home you don’t reach into a bowel movement. The urine-only diapers stay open, the tabs can be fastened back, but you simply un-stuff and put in your pail or washing machine. If they have a bowel movement, show your provider how to roll them up and fasten either with the velcro or snap closure. It is your signal to take those handful of diapers, and dispose of the waste in the toilet prior to putting them into the pail.

My sister is a full time schoolteacher who has successfully diapered her last two babies with cloth with a great provider, and the system is actually easier for the provider to use than disposables (where she has to take care of the diaper disposal). If you use fitteds/covers, see if your sitter is open to reusing the cover, which saves you on covers, or if they require a new cover for each change. The same wet/dry bag system would apply, but you wouldn’t have the use of fastening the fitted for poopy diapers most likely.

Additionally, you have the option of using disposable inserts with a hybrid cover, but keep in mind these inserts need to be thrown away, not flushed, so you would have to handle the disposable of the inserts in the wet bag yourself, and if your baby is a heavy wetter, you lose the chance to really beef up absorbency.

This is not to say you *have* to use cloth pocket diapers at your provider, certainly others will work (and AIOs would be a one step system), but pocket diapers give you the ability to adjust absorbency, and provides the daycare provider with a one step system for on and off ease.

Let me know what questions you or your provider may have, we love working with individuals to find a cost effective solution for everyone!


Stephanie, Abby’s Lane

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