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Cloth Diapers and Daycare: The Day-to-Day Diaper Schedule


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When you decided to cloth diaper your baby, chances are you made the decision based on how you and your family would be able to handle the diapering system. But now that it is time to go back to work and you are looking for daycare, cloth diapering might suddenly seem a bit more complicated. The fact that you have a daycare facility that is open to your diapering system is a great start, now the trick is to work out a routine that keeps cloth diapering easy!

Have your supplies ready

The most efficient cloth diaper and daycare routine is usually an every other day wash cycle. You will likely want 15 cloth diapers set aside for daycare alone. This will allow 6 diapers a day with a few additional diapers, just in case.

And don’t forget your cloth baby wipes. Make the cloth diaper process quick and easy for your daycare provider – which will be especially appreciated by facilities that took some convincing in the first place – by supplying them with pre-moistened cloth wipes stored in a plastic tub. To keep your wipes from getting musty, supply only enough for about two days of changes (about 16-20 wipes) and bringing a fresh container with each new batch of diapers.

You will also want to talk to your childcare provider about whether they prefer a diaper pail and liner or a wet bag for soiled diapers. Wet bags take up less room and can be hung on a wall out of the way, so are often preferable. Have two on hand so that you can take one home and replace it with a clean one each morning.

The routine

With your every other day wash schedule, your cloth diaper daycare schedule should look like this:

Monday: Drop off a clean wet bag and a full stash of clean diapers and wipes. Pick up the wet bag and soiled diapers and wipes at the end of the day.

Tuesday: Drop off a clean wet bag. Pick it up at the end of the day with all soiled diapers and wipes. Also pick up any remaining pre-moistened wipes. When you get home, start a load of laundry, including any soiled diapers from home.

Wednesday: Drop off a clean wet bag, clean diapers and new wipes in a fresh container. Pick up the wet bag and soiled diapers and wipes at the end of the day.

Thursday: Today, follow the same routine as Tuesday.

Friday: Drop off a clean wet bag. At the end of the day, bring home the wet bag, soiled diapers and wipes and any remaining pre-moistened wipes.

Remember to be flexible with your daycare provider, this may be a new experience for them or they may be cloth diaper experts who have a recommended routine themselves. You can work together to make cloth diapering easy for everyone!


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