Cloth diapers and childcare

I recently had to hunt for a new childcare provider for D.  I realized that a lot of providers are unfamiliar with modern cloth diapers, and are not very quick to accept them.  I have also found a lot who are perfectly fine with them and at least willing to learn.   It certainly was a process!

We lucked out the first time around and a fellow clothie was able to care for him when I started back to my day job.  We have now found a new provider who is more than willing to learn about cloth diapering, so I have been working on gathering information and creating a cloth diaper cheat sheet for her.  On our first meeting, I brought some of our diapers to show her and we talked about the types of diapers that our family uses and what we will be sending with D when he is in her care.  It will be a learning process for her, but it won’t take long to get into the swing of cloth.

Since the routine of cloth diapering is part of my life, I have had to try and remember all the little things I had to learn when we first started using cloth diapers.  How often to change, what to do with the diapers, what to do with the poop, how to put them on correctly, what creams are safe, etc.

I’m sure I will be working on this sheet and making some changes, but so far here is what I came up with:

Cloth Diapers How-to

  1. Change as needed, minimum of every 2 hrs
  2. Remove diaper(for Velcro diapers: use laundry tabs to secure velcro), if wet: put in wetbag; if poop: set aside to deal with after
  3. Spray cloth wipe with supplied wipe solution (you can use a lot of spray, it does not need to be rationed)
  4. Wipe and put used wipes in wetbag with diapers
  5. Put on new diaper.  It should fit so that you can fit a finger or two between baby and elastics at waist and legs.  Make sure no bits of cloth are hanging out (moisture will wick to clothing otherwise)
  6. After he is ready to go, if it was a poop, shake it into the toilet and put the diaper in the wetbag.  If for some reason it is a messy one and it won’t shake off, just put it in the bag and let us know that it is in there for us later.

I will be sending wipe spray, cloth wipes, diapers (of course), wetbags, cloth safe rash cream, and possibly bio-liners (haven’t decided yet).

I would like to create a kit for childcare providers who want to be cloth friendly with information and the incidentals that they could keep on hand to use for their cloth diapering families.  Wipe solution, bio-liners, cloth safe rash creams and a diaper sprayer. Maybe even some spare diapers.

What is your experience with cloth diapers and childcare?

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Are you a childcare provider and interested in more information? Do you currently cloth diaper children you care for and have some tips to share? Leave a comment or email melanie@thefluffandstuffshop.ca

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