One of my biggest fears when we started using cloth diapers was finding a day care center that wouldn’t fight us over using cloth diapers. It was such a big fear of mine that I kept my daughter in private in-home care until she was 2 years old. When she turned 2 we made the switch to a traditional day care/learning center. You can read my full story about how I approached them to use cloth in my cloth diaper archives.
Here are some tips that I suggest if you are planning on using cloth diapers at day care. Most importantly remember to stay positive and don’t make a big deal about them.
- Remember how your spouse and family felt when you told them you were going to use cloth? The day care may react the same way…
- Show them the diapers and show them how similar they are to using disposables.
- Explain to them that they are better for your babies sensitive skin (and the environment and your wallet…but you don’t have to tell them all that).
- Explain that you will provide a wet bag (show them a bag) to store the dirties. They don’t have to do anything but put the diapers into the bag and give them back to you. No swishing, no rinsing, nothing. After all…you’ll want to do that yourself anyways so that no one messes up your pretty little stash!
- If they do hesitate at all about using cloth diapers explain that you would be happy if they would try cloth on a trial basis.
- Provide the director and teachers with a mini lesson in how you do things so they aren’t intimidated.
Need more advice? The Real Diaper Association has some great tips and resources that you can use when approaching your center.