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Diaper Dilemma

I’m considering using cloth diapers on baby #2. I attended a workshop over the weekend at a local store that specializes in cloth diapering and was totally sold on the concept. The owner reviewed all the different types of diapers available, how to launder them and the pros vs. disposable diapers. I really liked the way she presented on the topic. She wasn’t judgmental of those moms that choose to use disposables (in fact, she still sends disposables with her children to child care in case the provider is having a particularly tough day and can’t deal with the cloth).
The problem? My baby will attend child care and I’m afraid to ask them if they’d be willing to cooperate. Cloth diapering will be a big up front expense for me since we’ve only used disposables on my first. Because of this, I’m hesitant to use cloth just during maternity leave, then switch to disposables when I go back to work. I know I have to set up a meeting with the director to discuss my options, but for some reason, it feels like asking your boss for a raise or more vacation time. You know it needs to be done, but it’s an awkward situation. I’d love some advice on how to bring up the subject. Do any of you have experience using cloth diapers in a child care center situation?

5 comments

  1. ASPIN September 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    My husband and I use Fuzzi Bunz for our 7 1/2 month old son. He has been at a Bright Horizons center in Mass since he was 3 months. We have to provide 2 wet bags every day for the soiled diapers. Another family in my son's classroom uses them also.

  2. Anonymous September 14, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Good to know. I wonder if Bright Horizons has a policy that is cloth-friendly. It would be nice if there were a little training for teachers too.

  3. Anonymous September 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I work with toddler Bright Horizons in Pa. We have two children in the center that use cloth diapers. We bag the diapers in plastic bags and place them in individual containers. These containers are really just trash cans with lids. They are labeled with the childs' name etc. The parents collect the used diapers each night and bring more the next day. There is no policy against cloth diapers that I know of. If there was we would not be doing it. I myself was a bit hesitant about cloth diapers at first, but am a big fan of them now. Your Director should be open to this request, just be prepared that you may loose one or two diapers in the begining. When you have been changing diapers for as many years as I have it is odd to not throw them away. Good luck with everything!

  4. StefanieK May 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I’m pregnant with our first, and we’ve started our CD stash already and have signed our intent to send our kiddo to Bright Horizons daycare. I love the center, but was disappointed the Director gave me some spiel about it being against their policy or something (legally, I mean) to CD. I plan to look more into it and bring in an actual diaper and push the issue more at a later date. I will probably use disposables for DC but cloth at home for awhile…and then once I am familiar with and comfortable with the staff, I may bring in some cloth dipes and have a discussion with them. I’ve also heard that many doctors are willing to write notes that cloth is recommended for your child due to rash issues, etc. It’s nice to know other moms are having success CDing at other Bright Horizon centers in the Country though. Frankly, I would’ve expected California to be in line with other places in the Country in this regard, if not leading the way in some regards. Thanks for this post!

  5. Aparna September 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I’m expecting our first and became a fan of the cute CD’s just after receiving the stash. I was worried about the acceptance of the CD in Plainsboro, NJ Bright Horizons daycare, so I called the Director to ask their policy. She was very welcoming of the idea. Just to give her some more comfort when I said these CDs are as convenient as disposable, she assured me not to worry and all her staff have experience with CDing. This was the huge relief and gave me confidence on my CD decision. Thanks!

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