Today, I did a little exploring in the world of childcare and cloth diapers... because I'm curious like that.
In fact, I actually stopped into a daycare and asked, among other things, if they allow them. The response?
"I've never even been asked that before. I don't think so-- it is probably against state standards. I'll have to find out. The director is on vacation."
Well, I didn't need the director to let me know about the state regs. I found them. And in New Jersey, it actually is permissible to use cloth diapers. Here are the stipulations, starting with part of 10:122-7.8 of the state's Child Care Center Manual...
"iii. Diapering supply requirements are as follows:
(1) Soiled disposable diapers shall be placed in a closed container that is lined with a leakproof or impervious lining. Such diapers shall be removed from the center daily and placed in a closed garbage receptacle outside the building.
(2) Soiled non-disposable diapers shall be placed in a sealed plastic container that has been labeled with the child's name. Such diapers shall be returned to the child's parent at the end of that day."
As a cloth-diapering Mommy, I figure this is good information to know, that despite what a center may say is legal, cloth diapering my baby in a childcare center is legal. Would I keep Gabriel in cloth if I were working full-time? I cannot be absolutely positive of that answer, but I would do everything I could for it to be a beneficial, sanitary possibility for my little man and the environment.
What about you all? Are you working with a cloth diaper baby? What do you do?