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Using cloth diapers at preschool

If you’re using cloth diapers at home it’s only natural that you’d prefer doing the same at preschool. Most of the time the teachers are okey with this, but sometimes they have concerns about the use of cloth diapers at daycare. They might be worried it will create more work for them, that the diapers will smell and that is is complicated and hard. The best way to handle these questions and concerns is simply to inform and educate the teachers about how to use cloth diapers.
Show them how to put the diaper on and adjusting it. Find a simple enough routine to handle the diapers after changing it and use wet bags to store the used diapers in. By making it as easy and 
convenient as possible for the teachers the bigger the chances are that they are willing to aid you and your child in your cloth diapering.
Here are som great tips and advice using cloth diapers at preschool and kindergarten.

CLOTH DIAPERING TIPS FOR PRESCHOOL!

  • Let the teachers know that you use cloth diapers at home and ask them how they feel about this. perhaps they already have som experiences with cloth diapers that they are willing to share. They might have a few concerns about handling and smell. Gently tell them how it works and show the diapers and wet bags. Answer the questions that might come up. A good tips is to leave an instructional note by the changing table. It’s a great helt for the teachers. 
  • Make it as simple as possible. Most people aren’t used to cloth diapers so by leaving a few diapers that are easy to use, lika the AIO or the one-size diaper, it makes it easier and less daunting than simply leaving a pack of muslins for them to figure out. Choose the easier systems and make sure to use the same system of all the diaper that you intend to use at preschool to avoid confusion.
  • Make sure the diaper is up for some extra absorption since the diaper changes might not as frequent in preschool as at home. The teachers have many children to tend for and simply don’t have the time. By using an extra absorbent insert your child can use the diaper a little while longer without it leaking through.
  • By using the same system of all the diapers at preschool it makes it easier and less confusing for the teachers than using a lot of different types of cloth diapers.
  • A used diaper is stored in a leakfree wet bag. Show the teachers how to deal with poop in diapers. Either shake it off into the tiolet or if there’s no possibility to do so, simply fold it up with the poop inside the diaper and put it in the wet bag. Some prefer to put the dirty diaper in a plastic bag and then in the wet bag to prevent smell. Find a good routine that works for your child’s preschool.
  • Make sure you bring the dirty diapers back home with you every night!
  • Be clear about what ointments and oils that can and cannot be used with cloth diapers to avoid getting your diapers ruined.
  • Note! Put up a note with easy to follow instructions for the staff about the handle and care of cloth diapers. This is great when there are substitute teachers.

Perhaps your preschool is unwilling to use cloth diapers. Try finding out why that is. If it is due to lack of knowledge that is an easy sollution by simply educating and showing the teachers how it works. Try to keep an open dialog and help the teachers finding a routine that works for them. Making the process easier for them increases the chances of them changing their minds and being willing to try cloth diapers.
Perhaps they have previous negative experiences with cloth diapers. Try to find out exactly what their worries are and see if you can help them work around them and find a routine that works for them. Ask if they would like to give it a try and then decide whether or not they’d like to continue using cloth diapers or not. With an open dialog and by listening to peoples concerns and questions, most issues can be solved.

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