Cloth Diapers in Daycare: Turn “No!” into “How?”

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If you want your baby in 100% reusable cloth diapers full time, you can help your daycare provider feel comfortable with cloth diapers. Real Diaper Association and Real Diaper Industry Association have created a useful resource for you to turn a “No!” into a “How?” when you bring up cloth diapers.

You might be starting a conversation that turns into cloth diaper education. To help your conversation go as well as possible, the RDA/RDIA Daycare Tip Sheet suggests that you:

Be Positive – Don’t waste your time bashing disposables. Talk about the positive reasons you choose cloth diapers.

Be Patient – Though your diapers might be obvious to you, the person you talk to might not even know how they work. Show a diaper, and explain how easy it is to use.

Be Flexible – Provide whatever extras your daycare center requests to make your diapers work. You might even need to provide a completely separate peddle bin. No problem!

Be Open to a Test – A trial period might make a new experience seem less daunting to a daycare worker who hasn’t used cloth diapers before.

Be Supportive – Continue the education period as long as you need to make cloth diapers work for your provider. Your desired end result is your baby in cloth diapers, so keep your focus on the goal.

If you still get a “No!” after you use your best effort to convince a provider to use your cloth diapers, consider switching to a daycare provider who will work with you. The Cloth Diaper Friendly Daycare directory includes hundreds of daycare centers who accept cloth diapers.

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