Monday, June 28, 2010

Daycare and Cloth Diapers?

When our daughter was born in 2004, we never planned to use cloth diapers. After a couple of months, she developed a rash that we couldn’t get to go away. We never dreamed of using cloth, but we were getting desperate, so we decided to give it a try.

We started purchasing a variety of different diapers to try and we quickly realized how much we preferred using cloth. She was attending a daycare center full-time and after we realized how much it helped her rash by using cloth at home, we approached the teacher in the newborn room about using cloth diapers.

I started out by bringing in a pocket diaper (already stuffed) to show her how easy it would be. I also explained to her that it was for a “medical” reason because of her reaction to disposable diapers. She was very impressed with the diaper example that I brought to her and she said that she would discuss it with the director and nurse who consulted with this daycare center.

A few days later, her teacher asked me to come in and talk to the nurse about it. The nurse said that it would be fine for them to use cloth diapers, but they had 3 requirements:

#1 – The diapers had to be easy to use. They had to be one piece: Either a pre-stuffed pocket diaper, or an all-in-one diaper.

#2 – We had to supply a diaper pail to bring home every evening and return every morning.

#3 – They would only agree to try using cloth for 3 months and they would reevaluate after the three months were up if they were having any issues.

We were ecstatic! I purchased nine diapers and a pail bag for them to store the diapers in during the day.

After the first day, the teacher raved about how much she loved the diapers! They used them happily and told other parents about them too. One of the best features of cloth diapers are they keep the mess inside the diaper. Before we started using cloth at daycare, my daughter would come home just about every day in a different outfit because she had a diaper explosion. Once they started using cloth diapers, the explosions stopped. Whenever I hear of a daycare provider saying that cloth diapers are unsanitary, I shake my head because that statement couldn’t be farther from the truth!

Hope Wilson - Owner of Happy Tushies


  1. awesome post! i love my daycare for using cloth!

  2. I'm glad that you liked these Mums Bums. I was thinking about ordering some myself, but I hadn't heard much about them before.

  3. We have 2 mums bums and we like them as well!



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