Because Cloth Diapers Don't Have to Stay at Home
Of course, parents aren't the only ones who change diapers. If your baby attends or will attend a daycare center, you may be wondering if cloth diapers will be accepted. Right now, what's known about cloth diapering and daycare is anecdotal, says Taylor. In fact, the Real Diaper Association is currently working on a survey to try to get a clearer picture of the use of cloth diapers in centers.
"We've heard some nightmare stories, but we've also heard stories where daycares are very accepting," says Taylor. She recommends starting a dialogue with your daycare provider—a dialogue that is cooperative, not confrontational. Ask what kind of diapers will work for the daycare, and what you can do to help make it work.
"In my experience, daycares are receptive to cloth," agrees Pruitt. "You just need to educate your provider. There are still so many cloth diapering misconceptions out there [that] most providers are amazed at how easy it is."