If you’re like me, and a seasoned cloth diaper mama, you’ve probably thought long and hard about your cloth diaper stash!
Once you’ve taken the cloth diaper plunge, you’ve snagged up all different types of diapers to see what works for you, and then you start to purge your stash and weed out the ones that just sit in the diaper bins, like a few of mine because “they’re just not my favorite”, or “I’m saving them for laundry day” and they never get used!
I have a great stash of AI2s, fitteds and covers, hybrids, and diapers with snap closures, and to me, they’re easy to put on my baby even on the squirmiest of days. That’s because practice makes perfect.
However when it comes to a nursery or daycare worker, they’re used to one type of diaper - disposable.
To better your chances of your daycare or church nursery welcoming cloth diapers, my suggestion is to take the easiest cloth diapering solution so that it’s no hassle when it’s your baby’s turn to hop up on the changing table!
Simple Etiquette of Daycare/Nursery Cloth Diapering
Leak Free – Make sure the diapers that you choose to take (no matter how complicated they are to put on) do not leak. I’m sure a nursery worker would rather spend a little extra time at the table than having to deal with leaky/wicking diapers!
Minimize the Bulk – I once had someone tell me “He’s so awkward to hold with this diaper.” I realize, now, that if someone only knows the trimness of disposable diapers, it may feel a bit different with the added layers of cloth. See if you put your most trim diapers in the bag!
Simple Style – AIOs and already stuff Pockets are the best diapers to send for a childcare provider to use. There is no folding, no doubling, no snappi-ing, etc. All they have to do is grab the diaper and put it on.
Aplix/Touch Tape/Velcro – If those who are looking after your baby are most used to using disposable diapers, then make sure you make cloth diapering your baby easy to close by sending diapers with sticky closures! It’s fast, easy, and familiar.
Pre-Wet Wipes – I have a small wipes wetbag that I put pre-wet wipes in to take to church with me. You can either wet them with plain water or wipes solution. If I want someone else to use cloth wipes with my cloth diapers, the easiest thing to do is have them already wet so they do not have to make a trip to the faucet!
Don’t forget the Wetbag(s) – Many daycare facilities require you to bring your own wetbag for each dirty diaper, however most require you to have at least one. Make sure you provide a reusable bag so that all of your diapers come home to you!
We just moved, and it wasn’t until this past Sunday, that I realized that I only have about 3 diapers that are church nursery worthy! When the worker told me “I’ve done them before, but they may not be put on right!” Once I got home, I sent a message to my favorite WAHM cloth diaper maker asking her to make me some diapers to the above specifications to make it as easy as possible on the nursery workers at my new church!
I want them to love cloth diapers the way I love cloth diapers, and the best way for me (and you) to do this is to make cloth diapers as easy as possible for them to use!