It’s that time of year again, and many parents are asking the question. Will your daycare use cloth diapers? How do you go about asking them?
First of all, it’s important to realize that some daycares just will not use cloth diapers. They are private businesses, and they are free to determine policies for their business. Some daycares jump at the chance to use cloth diapers (or even require them – but this is rare). Most daycares fall in between and many will agree to use cloth diapers if you ask them in the right way. Let’s talk about the right and wrong way to ask.
The Wrong Way
“Will you use cloth diapers on my child?”
Unless they have some previous experience with modern cloth diapers (that is, cloth diapers within about the last 5 years) this question will bring to mind visions of wrestling prefolds onto a squirmy baby, stabbing them with pins, pulling up badly fitting plastic pants, and finally, rinsing out poopy diapers by hand in the toilet. And they will say No.
The Right Way
1. Get together your cutest, easiest looking cloth diaper – usually a pocket or all-in-one. Also bring a zippered wet bag (we recommend PlanetWise wet/dry bags, they have a pocket for dry diapers as well.) Bring a flushable liner if you use them.
2. Ask the teacher if you could show them the diaper you use for your baby to get their opinion and see if they would be open to using them.
3. SHOW them the diaper and how you just need them to “velcro it on, like this” and then when it’s dirty, just “put it in this zippered bag, and I will wash and bring again each day.” Show them the flushable liner and explain how it works, but stress that this is only if they want to, so if they don’t want to do that extra step they can just roll up the dirty diaper and zip it up in the wet bag for you to deal with when you get home.
4. Then ask, “Would you be open to trying this?” and “Is there anything you would need to make using cloth diapers on my child easier for you?”