When my oldest two girls went to daycare, I brought in a pack of diapers every week or so. Then, they would let me know when they were running low, and I’d bring more in, never to see them again.
But with E and using cloth diapers. I had to figure out a different plan. She goes to mother’s morning out two days a week at our church. I first checked to make sure they were okay with using them, and then had to figure out how to make it super easy on them, so that they didn’t get upset about it.
Give them a tutoring session
Bring the diapers in before the first day and go over how to put them on your kiddo. Also, try to make sure to bring the same diapers/brand/style every day. One time, I was out of the preferred diapers and it threw them for a loop and we had some leaks.
Use a wet/dry bag
One of the easiest things is to make sure everything is all in one place. I was sent to test out and have been using a Bumkins Wet & Dry bag to keep everything together. Both the front and main compartments are waterproof, which keeps everything separate, wet and dry items, as well as clean and dirty. It also has a snap handle that I use for either hanging off the side of her school bag or carrying into school.
In the front zipper closure, I place the clean and dry diapers (along with wipes if they will use cloth). Then, they place the soiled diapers in the larger back zippered compartment. The unique fabric keeps stains and odors out.
When I get home, I remove the clean diapers if there are any left, and dump the soiled diapers along with the bag into the washing machine. I then allow it to hang dry.
Use flushable liners
We don’t really use flushable liners at home, but it really helps the providers deal with the poop. They can just pull the liner out with the poop and put it in the toilet and flush. This way, there isn’t a diaper with poop in their bag and they don’t have to try to get it off the diaper. I think this really makes the caregivers that are used to disposables more agreeable to using cloth!
At home, the laundry bag is great for two days worth of diapers. I don’t think 2 days worth for a newborn would fit, but at 6-7 diapers per day now, it works for two days.
It also has a shapable handle, so it can be hung from anything you can wrap the strap around. This is hanging on our laundry room door and it’s holding about 1.5 days worth of tiny 2 month old’s diapers (my niece visiting).
Both the wet bag and the wet/dry bag dry in about 24 hours in our laundry room.
*I was sent the bags to facilitate my review. All thoughts are my own.