Getting Your Daycare to Say "Yes" to Cloth Diapers

Posted by Courtney Moser on June 11, 2014.

Are you nervous about asking your daycare if they will let you bring cloth diapers? Don't be! 

We've read through more daycare licensing requirements than anyone ever should, and here's what we discovered: only two states and the District of Columbia place restrictions on the use of cloth diapers in daycare facilities. 

Only two states (and Washington, DC) have regulations that restrict the use of cloth diapers in daycare. Cloth FTW!

Some practical advice when broaching the topic of cloth diapers:

  1. Make sure that you show a diaper before asking the question. 
  2. Ask “Can we try this and see how it goes?"
  3. Once they say yes, make it as easy as possible on your child's caregivers. Bring the same type of diaper every time, preferably hook & loop. If you're using pockets or AI2s, make sure the inserts are pre-stuffed or pre-snapped. (For daycare, we highly recommend the Thirsties one-size pocket diaper in hook & loop or the GroVia all-in-two in hook & loop.)


Sources: Daycare Regulations by State

Courtney Moser


  1. Alyssa March 12, 2016

    Maine changed the law in February 20 14th allow cloth diapers.

  2. Clara October 14, 2014

    I am trying to start up a new child care facility in Texas and yes the regulations are not written in regards to cloth or biodegradable/eco-friendly diapers in child care. I has always bothered me (my family owned a large child care facility for 30 years). You can have 10 infants, 13 creepers, 18 toddlers and 22 two year olds with the proper staffing of course…but all these children are in diapers and regulations do state that each child must be changed every hour on the hour. If each child is in care for up 12 hours that is a sum total of 756 diapers a DAY and 3,780 a WEEK and 196,560 a YEAR. Not only is this a great deal of money, but it is a huge burden to our land fills. I want to provide my parents/ children with the all-in-one diapers while the children are in care and also have them available for the parents to purchase for home use. Is there any place I can purchase them in bulk?

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