Today’s theme for Real Diaper Week is cloth diapers out in the world basically!
If you decide to use cloth diapers in the hospital after your have your baby, there would be a few things to keep in mind.
- How long will you be in the hospital? Are you prepared that if you have to stay in the hospital for a longer period of time, chances are someone will have to take the diapers home (like your husband) and wash them? For some, this is an issue.
- Do you have diapers small enough to fit your baby? Try Bummis preemie prefolds! They are perfect for those first few weeks.
- Are you comfortable dealing with the nurses? For some this isn’t an issue. For me, after I had my kids I was to emotionally off balance to deal with the nurses asking questions or judging (or what I would interpt as judging).
Don’t be scared of the meconium, it’s not as scary as it looks. People do say it does wash out.
So fast forward a year, and you’re dealing with day care situations! (It went fast didn’t it?) Here’s a few tips:
- Find a daycare that’s willing to use cloth diapers. Don’t just assume they will! You could have a message from them before you even get to work!
- Go easy on them! When you find that daycare, especially if they have never done cloth before, go as close to disposables as possible. We don’t want to scare them off! Try pocket diapers (all stuffed and ready to go) or AIO’s. These are the easiest to use for most people.
- Don’t ask them to deal with the dirties. The easiest directions for your daycare provider is to change the diaper and put it in the wet bag. You can ask that they mention if there’s a dirty in there, but don’t expect them to remember at the end of the day!
- Go gentle. Don’t push it if they say No. If you’re really determined to use this provider, you have a decision to make! Maybe see what they say later on down the road? You can always drop your child off in a cloth and change them into a disposable at the daycare and let them see how easy it would be!
Happy Real Diaper Week! Are you registered for The Great Cloth Diaper Change?