• Kate from Cloth Tots

Reusable Nappies at Daycare

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

We've just started going to daycare, I'm back to work in the lab again and so I needed someone to take care of my daughter while I play the mad scientist. As part of getting ready to start, we were asked many questions about our day to day activities. How my little one eats, sleeps and plays. They made sure they had a great idea of what home life was like for us to make the transition as easy as possible. Part of this for us is cloth nappies. So I just asked, it's that simple. If you don't ask you won't know, right?

I asked if they would be willing to use cloth nappies for my baby. We are the first at our daycare to do cloth and I was absolutely thrilled that they were willing to integrate us into their procedures. Communicating with the wonderful ladies at daycare meant that we all knew the plan and knew what we needed to succeed. What you need to provide might change from daycare to daycare.

In the case of our daycare, they provided a bucket with a lid to keep used nappies in. I provide the nappies and some wet bags to bring them home in. While the nappies would do better in an airy dry pail, beggars can't be choosers and I make sure that my prewash is 60 min at 60°C to compensate.

I simplified my stash. Due to my research around getting cloth tots nappies lots of variety with quality we can stand behind, my stash has 10 different combinations of nappy brands and styles. It doesn't worry me beyond the fact that on wash day it takes a little bit of extra time to sort all the inserts and shells and then put them all in, and my partner, even after multiple attempts to help, still has no idea of which bit goes where. Starting at daycare I knew I couldn't expect them to learn how to put on so many different kinds of nappies. So I simplified. I picked one nappy that I find easy to wash, fit, and can handle naps as well as play. Then I bought some extra ones. As I have a few nappies I was on a nappy buying hiatus, and then this wonderful opportunity presented itself and I got to go and pick more prints. I was a very happy girl!