Many preschools require that your child be fully potty trained before they can begin classes. However, preschools that partner with daycare centers are often more relaxed about potty training and will allow you to send your 3-year old who still uses diapers. If you use cloth diapers with your child, finding a preschool that accepts your child may be more difficult. However, there are a few things you can do that can improve your chances of having your cloth-diapered child accepted.
Fully Prepare All Diapers for Quick and Easy Use
There are many different types of cloth diapers. Preschools are more likely to accept children who use cloth diapers that are close to disposables in form and function. This means that, if possible, you should send your child with all-in-one or pocket diapers that have been completely prepared for quick use. While daycare centers for younger children may still accept children who use prefold diapers, preschool teachers will likely not have the time to deal with prefold diapers and covers.
Include At Least One Wet Bag Each Day
Along with your daily supply of diapers, you should include a wet bag for your child's teacher to place the soiled diapersin. Do not include a normal plastic bag. Wet bags help keep scents under control and are more sanitary than a plastic shopping bag. You should include at least one wet bag each day. However, if your child still goes through several diapers a day, consider including one for the morning and one for the afternoon.
Consider a Daycare That Partners With a Diaper Service
If your preschool is part of a larger daycare program, there is a chance that it partners with a diaper service. These types of daycares and preschools will provide cloth diapers for your child and have soiled diapers picked up daily or weekly for washing, meaning you do not have to worry about taking soiled diapers home each night and washing them yourself nor with providing fresh diapers for your child. In these cases, your child's teachers will already have methods for dealing with cloth diapers. However, they may use a different brand or style of diaper than you are used to at home.
While some preschools do not accept cloth diapers, others will make accommodations when you explain how easy and sanitary cloth diapering can be. When asking about cloth diapering, be sure to bring in a sample of the diapers and wet bags that you use.Share