Cloth Diapers in Day Care

Real Diapers WeekAre you concerned that your day care provider won’t accept cloth diapers?  These days more and more day care centers are flexible and willing to try cloth diapers.  If you find a stubborn provider who tries to tell you that it’s against the law for them to use cloth diapers you may want to refer to the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care’s database.  They list the regulations for each state and you’ll be happy to know that it’s not against the law (for most states).

The Real Diaper Association has a database of cloth diaper friendly day care centers.  If you are looking for a day care in your area you may want to start your search here.  If you have a cloth diaper friendly day care, be sure to add their name to the list and help other parents in their search.

We’ve created a downloadable eguide that will also provide you with some helpful tips on finding and working with your day care center to use cloth diapers.

Just a few tips:

  • Positive Attitude - go into your first meeting with the day care center with a positive attitude.  Don’t assume that you are going to have to battle with them to use cloth diapers.  Many day care providers don’t know about the modern cloth diapers and how similar they are to disposable diapers.
  • Prepared – go into your first meeting fully prepared with the state regulations just in case you need to refer to them.  Also have your system available to show them how they work.
  • Educate – yes, you may have to educate them on cloth diapers.  Keep the routine simple and prepare to give them a very brief demo.  If you have a copy of the Changing Diapers book let them borrow it if they are want to learn more.
  • Simplify – stick with a simple routine and diaper style for day care.  If your budget allows you to have all-in-one style diapers in aplix (or Velcro) closures that may be the easiest (and least confusing) diaper style to use while your baby is at day care.  Diapers, wet bag, and maybe some cloth wipes are all the supplies the day care should need.  If you want to make it even more attractive – add in some flushable liners!
  • Trial Period – if they are overly hesitant ask them to try cloth diapers on a trial period before they make up their mind.  Chances are after they try them they will love them just as much as you do.

Do you have a baby in day care?  Does your day care center accept cloth diapers?  What challenges have you faced or overcome?  





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One Response to Cloth Diapers in Day Care

  1. Celeste says:

    Our daycare wasn’t familiar with cloth until we introduced them to our diapers. Now, they continue to accept more children in cloth So it pays off!