Cloth diapers and Babysitters
December 30, 2013 8:00:00 AM EST
Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve! Some of you parents will be lucky enough to score a sitter and ring in the New Year out on the town. I’ll be spending it home with my hubby and kids, since finding a babysitter doesn’t happen all that often for us. We did manage to find one a couple of weeks ago so I could go to my husband’s work Christmas party with him. It was our first date night in years… seriously. When my mom heard I was planning on staying home, she offered to watch the kids for us so we could have a little time for ourselves. I was really nervous about leaving my little guy, but I knew he was in good hands with Grandma.
As we were getting ready to leave, I realized that she hadn’t had to deal with changing his cloth diapers before. When I told her I was going to give her a tutorial, she gave me a look and said… “Isn’t it pretty self-explanatory?” She’s a mama of five girls and we've all together given her seven grandchildren, so she’s changed a few diapers in her time. Nevertheless, I wanted to leave her well prepared, so I told her to humor me and let me talk her through it…
Here are some things to consider when leaving your cloth diapered kiddo with a baby sitter:
Leave your easiest to use cloth diapers out for your sitter. All-In-Ones or pre-stuffed pockets tend to be the most user friendly since they go on and off like disposables. If you have diapers with hook & loop closures, they may also be easier for your sitter since they may be more familiar to them and take less effort than snaps.
If you don’t use any of these, take some time before you go to explain how to use your diapers. Giving your sitter a little one-on-one demonstration may make them feel more comfortable. If you use prefolds or flats with covers, tri-folding or pad-folding and laying them in the cover beforehand will make changing these diapers much easier.
There are a few different ways to use cloth wipes, so be sure to explain how you use them to your sitter. You could fold a stack of wipes, pre-moisten them, and put them in a wipes container making them ready to use. Some parents opt to spray the wipes with pre-mixed solution, which is simple enough.
Using cloth wipes allows the sitter to not worry about separating dirty diapers from the wipes after changes. If you use disposable wipes, explain that they will need to throw the wipes in the trash can, or you may notice a little bit of extra fluff in your washer or dryer.
Dirty Diaper Storage
Show your sitter where you store dirty diapers. Feel them out to see what they are comfortable with… maybe supply them with a separate wet bag to store the diapers your baby uses on their watch. If you want to make it easier on them, tell your sitter not to worry about removing inserts or dealing with soiled diapers. Just have them place dirty diapers in the wet bag and you can take care of them when you get home.
Explain to your sitter that it is very important that they do NOT use conventional diaper rash creams since they can cause problems with your cloth diapers. Put away any not safe for cloth diapers creams to avoid any confusion.
We had a wonderful time on our date night, and when we got home my little guy was peacefully sleeping in Grandma’s arms. Although I missed my kiddos, it was very nice to get out of the house with my hubby. I think all couples need to make time for themselves every now and then. This will actually be one of my New Year’s resolutions… More date nights with my hubby!
Do you have any plans for New Year's Eve? What babysitter tips do you have to offer?
*I have purchased all products mentioned in this post. Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions are 100% my own.
Stephanie Beck is the mother of a dinosaur expert, a set of twins somehow born 13 months apart, and a wild baby boy. She enjoys being outdoors with her kids, going on walks, swimming, fishing, and yard saling with her hubby. She started her blog,Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN, and also helps out with TGN’s twitter, so if you want to chat about cloth diapers, or just want to say “hi”, go ahead and send her a tweet!