Do you allow your daycare kids to use cloth diapers? For many parents, finding a daycare center that uses or will let them bring in cloth diapers is a challenge if they have kids who have not gone through toilet training. As more and more business are becoming environmentally conscious and our economy becomes less stable, childcare business owners are beginning to see the benefits of cloth diapering.
There are a wide range of benefits that comes along with using cloth diapers rather than disposable plastic diapers. First and foremost, cloth diapers are more economical. Disposable diapers are expensive! Parents can save about 60 to 70 dollars per month using cloth diapers.
Disposable plastic diapers may not be as safe as people think. Disposable diapers contain the chemicals was the best thing for little bottoms which may cause diaper rash. Another thing to note is that with cloth diapers there is less chance of leakage. And laundering them is easy. Just throw them in the washer overnight and dry them the next morning. Whether you’re a parent using cloth diapers at home or you’re a child care provider understand that there are diaper cleaning services you can use but you will have to evaluate the cost of the diaper service versus washing them yourself.
For those still using disposable diapers, don’t be afraid to try cloth diapers. It’s not as scary as you think!
Here are a few tips for getting started with cloth diapers:
- Explore your options: There are all types of cloth diapers on the market that will be a good fit for you in cost and lifestyle. While more expensive, there are even new high end cloth diapers that combine the diaper and cover in one.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions: There are now cloth diaper coaches which can teach you the ins-and-outs of cloth diapering. ZanyZebraDesigns.com has a great cloth diapering 101 course which explains the main diapering systems.
- Wash diapers correctly. Remove as much solid and place them in a diaper pail. When ready to wash, rinse in cold, wash in hot, and then rinse in the warmest water possible. Then rinse again. Dry cloth diapers on warm or hot setting in the dryer or they can be hung outside. Heloise recommends deodorizing diapers between washings. Use a presoak solution of a gallon of water, a few drops of laundry detergent and a tablespoon of bleach. Then put all the items and the solution into the washing machine and set the machine to the spin cycle.
- Recycle, reduce, and reuse: If you take good care of your diapers, you can resell them and recoup some of your cloth diaper costs. You can’t beat that!
- Wash cloth diapers every 2 or 3 days to avoid smells and excessive staining. And always remember that when washing cloth diapers in a washing machine, rinse them twice.
Your best bet to finding a daycare center that uses cloth diapers is to find a green daycare center. Green daycare centers are environmentally friendly. A green child care center or family care is one that is environmentally friendly. They take specific measures to ensure that the child care environment provides the best in health for children, offer locally-grown or organic food, and celebrate multiculturalism. Environmentally friendly childcare centers teach children to respect the earth and its precious resources. Most likely the owners of a green daycare center also respect the earth and purposes to maintain a natural lifestyle.
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