best cloth diapers for daycare
After being a stay-at-home mom for 9 years, I have finally decided to place my 2-year-old in a daycare. I found a loving in-home daycare near my house and the caretaker was happy to try cloth diapering for my daughter. I have various cloth diapers and found that the pocket diaper with Aplix tabs worked the best for daycare. It is easy to use, just like a disposable and kept my daughter's bottom dry throughout the day.
I know that my daycare provider is not able to change my daughter's wet diaper as often as I do at home. I do not want my daughter to be sitting on a wet diaper for hours, possibly causing diaper rash. The dry layer fleece on a pocket diaper is a perfect solution. Even when she has peed on her diaper, her skin is not touching the wet inserts inside the pocket. It is protected with the dry layer fleece on pocket diaper shell. So, even when my daughter's diaper is not changed for three hours, she is comfortable in a dry diaper. I have been able to just place one One-Size Microfiber insert for each of her daycare diapers. However, recently, I have noticed that the One-Size Microfiber inserts are saturated wet. So, I added a little hemp insert with One-Size Microfiber insert for added absorbency. Great thing about pocket diaper is that you can add as much inserts as possible for more absorbency.
taking care of wet cloth diapers
I want to make the cloth diaper experience as easy as disposables for my daycare provider. I do not expect her to take out the wet insert and place it in the wet bag. I simply ask her to fold the diaper (with the inserts inside the diaper shell), just as she would with disposables, and close it with the Aplix tab and place it in the wet bag that I provide for her. This way, the odor is contained inside the diaper as well as inside the wet bag. Once I bring the wet bag home, I take out the folded diapers and separate the inserts from the diaper shell as I place them in our laundry wet bag.
taking care of poop at daycare
My cousin uses the flushable liners with each diaper change. So, she simply asks the daycare provider to do the same. This makes changing the poop easy. All the daycare provider has to do is simply toss the soiled flushable liner in the toilet.
I do not use any flushable liners. But I do provide my daycare provider with a plastic bag. I do not expect my daycare provider to clean the poopy cloth diaper. I will clean it myself once I bring it home. My daycare provider folds the diaper with the poop contained, and places it inside a plastic bag. Then, she places it in the wet bag. This way, strong odor is contained inside two bags: plastic bag and then a wet bag. Once I bring the soiled cloth diaper home, I simply wash it away with the diaper sprayer and handwash the stains with Imse Vimse Stain Awasy Wash Soap.
wet bag size for daycare
My daughter is at daycare for 7-8 hours a day, with three diaper changes. I provide my daycare provider with 4 cloth diapers. I found that a wet bag sized around 13" x 16" is a perfect size for three wet diapers from daycare.
prefolds, diaper covers and dry liners for daycare
If you do not have any pocket diapers.... or you simply prefer prefolds and covers over pocket diapers, I would highly recommend using dry liners on top of prefolds to keep your baby's bottom dry.
best cloth diaper for daycare - bumGenius 3.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper
flushable cloth diaper liners for daycare (optional)
wet bags for daycare
dry liners (if you are using prefolds and diaper covers)