One of the numerous decisions that new parents face is whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. Some factors that come into play when making this decision are ease of use, skin sensitivities, environmental impact, and cost. If parents make the decision to bring cloth diapers into your facility, ensure that you are prepared by developing a policy which includes the following infection control measures:
You may recognize disadvantages to allowing cloth diaper usage in your facility, including ease of use, the smell, and storage of used diapers. Having a policy and procedure in place regarding the use of cloth diapers will help make the transition from home to a child care setting smoother for parents, and help control the spread of illness.
When handled properly, cloth diapers do not increase the risk of spreading communicable diseases. The key is proper storage, hand hygiene, and environmental cleaning.
Reference: Khan, P. Cloth Diapers in Child Care Centres – To Use or Not to Use, The WEE CARE Newsletter, Available from: http://www.durham.ca/departments/health/daycares/weecare/weecareSpring2016.pdf [Accessed 22nd November 2016].