Using Cloth Diapers at Daycare

There are many reasons to use cloth diapers, with the environment and saving
money at the top of many lists. Yet there are many interested parents who don’t
cloth diaper or only use cloth part-time due to daycare concerns. Many parents
assume that cloth diapers are not allowed at daycare, but this is not often the

Some daycare facilities say they "can’t" use cloth diapers. This is personal
policy rather than law. States have varying regulations on diapering procedures,
but cloth is rarely, if ever, prohibited. A daycare’s refusal to use cloth may
stem from a misunderstanding of regulations, unfamiliarity with modern cloth
diapers, or the perception that cloth diapers are more work.

What should you do if you want to use cloth diapers at daycare? Here are some

  • Find your state’s regulations on diapering at daycare. Plan how you can make it
    easy for your daycare to follow the regulations. If your state requires that all
    diapers soiled with fecal matter be put into plastic bags, for instance, then
    offer to supply the plastic bags.
  • Show your daycare provider how easy cloth can be. Bring easy diapers to
    use-pocket diapers or all-in-one diapers often have velcro closures and are very
    similar to disposables. If your daycare provider has the idea of complicated
    folds and pins, these innovative diapers may change his/her mind.
  • If cloth diapering for health reasons, make sure to provide a doctor’s note.

In short, present cloth diapering is a positive way and bring samples of the
diapers you plan to use. Show your provider how easy cloth can be and how you
will help follow state laws. If your daycare provider can feel confident using
cloth and knows that all regulations are being followed, you will have an easier
time of convincing him/her to try cloth.

We thank Michelle from Snooty Booty
for this article on some pointers for using cloth diapers at daycare