Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 4/16/12 – Cloth at Daycare

Cloth Diaper Advice

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Melissa says::

Hi Maria,

My little one isn’t quite ready for solid foods yet but nothing like getting prepared early 🙂 I have a daycare provider sent from heaven who has no problem using cloth diapers. But I do try to make things as easy on her as possible. Right now it is all breastfed poo so she just sends diapers home in a bag and I add them to my wetbag until laundry day. Once my little one starts eating solids and the poo needs to be rinsed, what do you think is reasonable to ask her to do? I have considered flushable liners but we have a septic tank at our house so they would be for daycare only. Will it hurt (or be too terribly disgusting) to have her just bag it up and deal with it once we get home?

Thanks for any suggestions!

I really don’t think it would be bad to just deal with the poopy diaper when you get home. I’ve done this quite a bit when changing diapers while we’re out and about. If she’s willing, she could just shake off what she can, then put the rest in the wet bag.

Flushable liners are a good compromise, though you want to be cautious with plumbing systems. Some liners are sturdy enough to withstand a few washings (if they are only wet) but that definitely makes me question whether I’d want them in my plumbing! At 5-9 cents each, it would be an extra expense if you were using them in every diaper at daycare also.

I realize that technically, all solid waste is supposed to be flushed, but really, what does she do with the dirty diapers of children in disposables? Throws the whole thing in the trash, right? This may not be a popular opinion, but if you are having issues just bringing the dirty diapers home, and she doesn’t want to flush liners, why not have her leave wet liners with the diaper & throw poopy ones in the trash?

Does your daycare allow cloth diapers? How do they handle the poop?

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  • .:karen:.
    May 9, 2012 at 9:46 am

    My kiddos are in an in-home daycare but I still make it easy on the provider. While we use covers and inserts at home, we send stuffed pockets to daycare. DD2 has been in cloth since she was born so we’ve gone from the EBF poo (so easy) to the yucky stuff. But still, we just have her fold up the used diapers and put them in the wet bag. No extra bags or anything. Just one wet bag. She uses disposable wipes for poo only and just tucks those in as well. I usually go 2-3 days between washes. Today is actually a wash day. :/

  • Katie
    April 23, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I started cloth at 14 months with my daughter and she is still in cloth at 2.5 years. At daycare we provide small wet bags for each individual dirty diaper and then all of those go into one large wet bag (the daycare policy is that we double bag). The poopy ones just get put into the wetbag and I deal with them when we get home. It doesnt cause any additional staining or hassle.

  • Melissa
    April 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you everyone! This information is very helpful 🙂

  • Kristi
    April 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I have two in diapers in daycare. One is 4 months so his diapers are all breastmilk poo and the other is 19 months and hers are solid/mush. I do diaper laundry daily because I only have enough for one day for each child. I send the baby with disposable liners because I don’t want to take home poo. The liners catch most of the poo but nowhere near all of it so I’m inclined to just not buy them anymore. I don’t send them with my older child because she pretty much poops first thing every morning. If she’s “off schedule” and poops at daycare they dispose of it (trash or toilet, I don’t really know). Whatever doesn’t shake off comes home and I take care of it. My oldest, who is now 4, has always been an evening pooper. Ayway, my point is once your little one starts on solid foods you may notice a “poop schedule” and the whole daycare thing might not even be an issue!

  • Karen
    April 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    As a licensed child care provider I just wanted to chime in a say she is probably very busy in a day so I’d recommend just having her wrap it up and send it home. It shouldn’t be too awful to spray out when you get home. I am a lazy mama and sometimes my little ones diapers have sat in a wet bag with poo on the diaper for more than 24 hrs (and a few even longer) and it still sprays out and washes out fine. 🙂

  • Jen B
    April 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

    My daycare will dump any solid into the toilet (right next to changing station) but they don’t dunk or scrape or anything. If it doesn’t easily shake or fall off, it just gets stuck in it’s own plastic bag and put in the wetbag for me to take care of at home. This sounds gross, but sometimes it’s actually easier to get it off the diapers after we’ve gotten home from daycare because it has dried up a bit and will “release” as a whole piece when I go to clean it

  • Anna
    April 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I use cloth at daycare also and my son is 15 months now… so for 9 months I’ve dealt with poop from solid food. All I have the daycare lady do is wrap the diaper up and she puts it in a plastic bag and stick in my wet bag. When I get home in the evening I take care of all the diapers. I’ve never had any problems and no stains from the poop sitting in the diapers during the day. I had thought about using flushable liners, but didn’t want to keep spending money on them. We do use resuable liners though so that helps with the easy cleanup in the evening.

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