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