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Sending Reusable Nappies to Nursery: A Practical Guide for Eco-Conscious Parents

Sending Reusable Nappies to Nursery: A Practical Guide for Eco-Conscious Parents

Wondering how to manage sending reusable nappies to nursery? Look no further. This guide delivers straightforward tips for preparing your child’s cloth nappies, packing essentials, and ensuring nursery staff can confidently handle them, keeping your eco-friendly parenting on track, even during daycare hours.

Key Takeaways

  • Prep makes perfect: Pre-stuffed cloth nappies with liners and boosters, packed in a nappy pod with other changing essentials, make nursery changes super easy.

  • Keep it user-friendly: Go for Velcro cloth nappies, provide clear changing instructions, and maintain consistent nappy types for straightforward nursery use.

  • Communication is key: Open dialogue about handling dirty nappies, extra clothes, and reusable wipes will help ensure nursery staff are comfy with cloth.

Preparing Your Child's Cloth Nappies for Nursery

Proper preparation is crucial for using cloth nappies at nursery. Just like you wouldn’t send your child to nursery without a packed lunch, you wouldn’t send them without properly prepared nappies, right? The trick is to make cloth nappies as easy to use as their disposable counterparts. Pre-stuffing pocket nappies with absorbent inserts, including a booster for extra absorbency, and lining them with a disposable paper liner can make changing time a breeze for childcare providers.

So, what’s the ideal way to transport these pre-prepared nappies? The answer lies in the humble pod. This handy device can conveniently carry clean, pre-stuffed nappies to the nursery, ensuring they are ready for use as soon as they’re needed.

The Essentials for Packing

Mastering the art of nappy packing for nursery is imperative to ensure your little one has enough nappies for their day.

It’s not just about stuffing a bag with nappies and calling it a day. For a smooth, fuss-free day at the nursery, you’ll need to pack three to four clean cloth nappies with liners plus an additional two nappies for emergencies. That’s a total of six nappies, neatly tucked away in a pod, ready for action.

However, nappies alone don’t complete the picture. Don’t forget to include a changing mat (if your nursery requires an individual one for each child), reusable wipes, cotton wool or fragrance-free wipes for cleaning, and barrier cream if used. These items ensure your child’s comfort and hygiene.

To assist childcare providers in fitting the nappies correctly, include a printout diagram showing the current popper settings. It’s like a road map to a perfect nappy fit!

Wet Bag Wisdom

Wet bags deserve a special mention here. These unsung heroes are an essential part of the cloth nappy system. They’re vital for storing both clean and dirty nappies, ensuring hygiene, and preventing any unwanted contamination. The beauty of some medium-sized wet bags is that they feature two compartments - one for fresh nappies and one for the used ones.

There is no need to supply disposable nappy sacks for nursery as your reusable wet bag will work much better with no ongoing plastic waste.

Nappy Pods

These convenient bags provide an organised method to store dry nappies or clean nappies when at nursery. A nappy pod is typically the size of a football boot bag and can hold about eight cloth nappies. Plus, they’re waterproof and made from PUL material to prevent leakage.

But that’s not all. Nappy pods are designed for convenience. Their square shape maximizes space efficiency, and they often feature handles or straps for easy transport. After the dirty nappies are used, the nappy pod can be emptied directly into the washing machine. It’s as simple as that!

Effective communication with childcare providers is key to ensure that they are familiar with the system and handle soiled nappies correctly.

Streamlining Nappy Duties at Nursery

Having addressed home preparation, we can now focus on the nursery scenario. The goal here is to make the transition from home to nursery as seamless as possible. One way to do this is by making the nappy changing process familiar for the nursery staff.

Here are some tips to make the process easier:

  • Opt for simple all in one nappy designs and consider choosing Velcro closures

  • Provide clear instructions on how to change the nappy

  • Make sure all necessary supplies are easily accessible in the nursery

By following these tips, you can ensure that the nappy changing process in the nursery is quick and efficient.

But, what about getting the fit right? That’s where The Nappy Lady fitting guides come in. These handy resources provide clear instructions on achieving the correct nappy fit for your child. You can even give a practical demonstration or include a fit guide to help childcare providers become more comfortable with properly securing cloth nappies on your little one.

Boosters and Liners Inside

Packing nappies with liners already inside is a sure-fire way to make changing easier at the childcare setting. It’s all about doing the groundwork at home to simplify the process at nursery. Disposable liners are a great choice, and for those who prefer a single-use option. They can be conveniently pre-placed in nappies, providing comfort and facilitating quick changes by nursery staff. The alternative is reusable fleece liners however these aren't always as popular with nurseries.

And how do we manage during extended nap times? Well, that’s where boosters come in. Including an additional booster in cloth nappies increases absorbency, offering extended protection between change times at the nursery. It’s the extra layer of security that makes all the difference.

Popper Placement Guide

Achieving the perfect fit for nappies is of paramount importance. Providing childcare providers with The Nappy Lady popper placement guide can help them understand how to adjust the nappies for your child's current best fit. You can even throw in a photo fitting guide for good measure.

These visual aids can be sent with the nappies for easy reference when changing time rolls around, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit every time.

Handling Used Nappies at Nursery

Next, we need to address the issue of dirty nappies. It’s essential to have a clear discussion with childcare providers about handling dirty nappies. You want to ensure they’re comfortable with the procedures and understand exactly what to do.

For nappies containing poo, you might agree on either packing everything up in the nappy wet bag for you to deal with at home or disposing of the solids in the toilet before placing the nappy in the wet bag. If you supply paper liners in your nappies the nursery can either remove the liner for disposal before popping the nappy into the wet bag or keep the liner inside the nappy for you to deal with at home.

If the nappy is only soaked with urine, the nursery staff would just place the wet nappy directly into the wet bag.

When it comes to used nappies, there’s no need for the nursery to remove the inserts if using pocket nappies as you can do this when returning home and washing the soiled nappies. They can just pop the entire nappy straight into the wet bag.

Sending Extra Clothes and Accessories

Sending extra clothes and accessories to nursery

However, preparation isn’t solely about nappies. Packing extra clothes and weather-appropriate accessories for your child is also crucial. Spare clothes, including essentials like vests, socks, trousers, and t-shirts, will come in handy. Depending on the weather, you might need to pack wellies, waterproof outfits, a hooded jacket, hats, scarves, gloves, or sun cream.

Remember, nursery is a place for fun and learning, not a fashion show. Here are some tips for dressing your child for nursery:

  • Avoid sending children with clothing that’s too fancy or for special occasions.

  • Choose safe footwear to reduce the risk of accidents.

  • Keep the child’s clothes and outdoor suit in a separate bag to keep them organized and ready for any situation.

Reusable Wipes and Cleanliness

Of course, we mustn’t overlook the wipes! Cloth wipes, also known as reusable wipes, are an eco-friendly complement to modern cloth nappies, including washable nappies. Made from sustainable natural fabrics like cotton or bamboo, these wipes can be prepared by soaking them in a water and essential oil solution, wringing out the excess liquid, and storing them in a wet bag.

A small wet bag for reusable wipes can hold up to ten wipes, depending on the brand and size. After use, they can be washed with regular laundry and air-dried or tumble-dried when needed. It’s an effective way to maintain eco-friendly cleanliness at the nursery, as opposed to using disposable wipes.

Communicating with Your Childcare Provider

Effective communication forms the backbone for a seamless transition to cloth nappies at nursery. Whether it’s discussing the benefits of using cloth nappies or organising training sessions, effective communication can build trust and ensure nursery staff are confident in their ability to use cloth nappies properly.

While reusable nappies are becoming more mainstream your child may be the first time your nursery has seen modern cloth nappies. Your child's nappies may lead to your nursery to encourage other families to use reusables once they see how reliable and poonami proof they really are.

Evaluating Childcare Compatibility

The compatibility of a childcare provider with cloth nappy usage should be a key consideration in your selection process. Are they open to the idea? Do they have prior experience? Do they share your eco-friendly values? Answers to these questions can help you gauge their compatibility.

Using reusable nappies and their wet bags is an eco-friendly option that aligns with green parenting values by reducing environmental impact. Some nurseries, like Tops Day Nurseries, have even extended their real nappy scheme to multiple settings, showcasing a commitment to sustainable practices.

Top Tips for a Smooth Transition

The switch to cloth nappies at nursery needn’t be intimidating. With a few top tips, you can make the transition smoother for everyone involved. One way to do this is by demonstrating the cloth nappy system to nursery staff using actual samples. This hands-on approach can help address any concerns and show the simplicity of the process.

Prioritise sending Velcro nappies, either pocket or all-in-one nappies, as they are the easiest for nursery staff to handle. Also, start discussions about cloth nappies during the first visit to the nursery. This gives you a chance to gauge their familiarity and comfort with the concept.

Send Velcro Nappies

In childcare settings, Velcro cloth nappies can revolutionise the nappy changing process. Due to their ease of use and quick adjustment capabilities, they’re often preferred by caregivers. They’re similar to disposables in fastening, making them a great choice for a variety of caregivers, including nursery staff and grandparents.

Reduce Confusion with Consistency

To avoid confusion in childcare settings, it’s advisable to maintain uniformity in the type and style of reusable nappies. By consistently sending the same brand or nappy system, nursery staff can become more familiar with its use, reducing confusion overall.

An all-in-one or pocket nappy system is often recommended for nurseries due to their ease of use and similarity to disposable nappies. This consistency can help ensure a successful transition to cloth nappies in childcare settings.


To sum up, transitioning to cloth nappies in a childcare setting is a manageable task that requires preparation, effective communication, and consistency. With the right tools and strategies, you can ensure that your child’s nursery experience is both eco-friendly and comfortable. Remember, every small step towards sustainability counts, and your decision to use washable nappies is a significant stride in the right direction.


Can you use cloth nappies at daycare?

Yes, most nurseries and childcare providers are happy to use cloth nappies, as reusable alternatives are becoming more common. So, you can definitely use cloth nappies at daycare without much worry.

How many times should you wash reusable nappies before use?

You should wash nappies twice before use, to activate their absorbency. You can then start using them.

How can I make the nappy changing process easier for nursery staff?

To make nappy changing easier for nursery staff, choose diapers with Velcro closures and provide fitting guides for proper fit. This will streamline the process and ensure a secure, comfortable fit for the babies.

Where can I donate reusable nappies I no longer need?

You can donate reusable nappies to charities such as food banks or overseas orphanages, as they often need cloth nappy donations, and the nappies don't need to be perfect, just usable. The Nappy Lady accepts donations and will pass them onto families in need or charities.


By Wendy, The Nappy Lady