Cloth Diapers and Child Care
Article by Grovia Diapers
Selecting a child care program can be a trying experience for parents. They feel guilty about leaving their child in the care of others. They also are concerned about the quality of care their child will get. What is more, parents worry that the child caring program may not accept organic diapers, or only use them reluctantly.
The foremost concern of all parents is their child’s health
On their part, a parent who wants them to use cloth diaper can be intimidating for baby care providers. They may worry that the diapers will be difficult or inconvenient to use, or will constantly leak. They may be unsure how to dispose of soiled cloth diapering. Care providers can be reluctant to talk to parents on these issues.
The baby’s health counts above everything else
Parents may want to use organic diapers for various reasons. In the cloth vs. disposables debate, economy and environmental concerns are the usual arguments. However, the foremost concern of all parents is their child’s health.
When it comes to promoting sanitary conditions, the diapering practice is more important than the actual type of diapers used.
Oddly enough, it is concern for the baby’s health that makes many baby care programs unwilling to use cloth diapers. People think hybrid diapers are inconvenient to use and even that they are unsanitary. There is enough proof that this isn’t so. If the child cares program’s diaper-changing procedures are followed, organic diapering can easily be used without compromise of hygiene.
How you change the diapers is what matters
A diaper must be able to hold the liquids and solids with the least contamination of the baby, its caregivers, its surroundings and the things around the baby. Both disposable and hybrid diapers meet this requirement. Among the new cloth diaper systems, the All in One and Pocket styles may be the best choices. When it comes to promoting sanitary conditions, the diapering practice is more important than the actual type of diapers used.
Child care programs have diaper changing procedures meeting state or county regulations. These are framed so as to minimize illnesses, particularly those of the small intestine, by promoting healthy and sanitary conditions. Because the majority of small intestine illnesses in the child care setting are spread by contamination, proper sanitation procedures are essential to stop the spread of diseases.
Rules about diaper changes may differ but a good diaper changing policy must always include:
Caregivers washing their hands, both before and after diaper change
A dedicated space used only for diaper changes, with a hard, washable surface and close to a sink that is not used for food preparation
Hygienic disposal of paper diapers or storage of organic diapers in an covered container
Washing and disinfecting the changing surface after every use
Washing the baby’s hands after diaper change
The baby should always wear clothing over diapers
Some programs also use a disposable barrier like a waterproof pad under the child’s bare bottom and require that their staff wear disposable gloves during the diaper changes for added protection against fecal contamination. This is not necessary as long as hands are properly washed and surfaces thoroughly washed and disinfected.
Child care providers should make themselves familiar with the hybrid diaper system
Every children care may or may not follow diaper changing procedures that are necessarily sanitary. Some unregulated providers may change diapers on the bed, couch or floor, surrounded by other children. Check with your baby care providers what their diaper changing procedures are.
Cloth diapering and child care
If you would like the child care program to use cloth, you would better get to know the local rules and regulations about baby diapering in child care settings. Ask your local authorities for a copy of the children care regulations. Go for an easy to use system of grovia diapers and talk to your baby’s care provider about how to use them. Do show appreciation for the child care provider’s willingness to step out of her comfort zone. A simple “Thank you” can go a long way.
babies care providers should make themselves familiar with the organic diaper system presented by the parents.
Ask any questions you may have and share your concerns and difficulties. If you keep an open mind, you can enjoy the bright colors and soft feel of hybrid diapers in contrast to the harsh and drab alternatives of the child care center.
The type of diaper used is not as important, as a proper diaper changing procedure. Handled properly, both cloth and disposable diapers can be equally convenient and hygienic. It is easy to see that cloth diapers and child care do go together.