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?