Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cloth Diapering and Hospitals

While reviewing the Kelly Wels book, I came upon a subject I had never thought about... cloth diapering while in the hospital. I just assumed that it's your baby so you can have them wear whatever you want. I mean, they let you bring in your own clothes as well as your own baby clothes and blankets, so why not cloth diapers?

According to "Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom's Guide to Cloth Diapering" it is necessary to check with your hospital to make sure cloth diapering is even allowed. If they're not allowed, you can always advocate and see if they change their mind.

  • Take in samples of cloth diapers, especially AIO (All In Ones) or pockets to your childbirth class and let them see just how simple a cloth diaper can be.
  • Let them know you and your family are willing to change ALL DIAPERS!
  • Possibly ask a local retailer to help you contact your hospital, and they could even get business out of it, like a cloth diapering class at the hospital. (That would be AMAZING!)
  • Contact the Real Diaper Association for helpful tips as well. They also offer advocacy pamphlets on their website that you can print out and take with you. You can visit the advocacy group on their blog, Cloth Diapers In Hospitals, and they even have a Facebook page.

I have decided that we will not be taking cloth with us to the hospital because I have only ONE newborn cloth diaper and we aren't really in the market for buying a whole new stash specifically for newborn sizes. I will however take the one diaper we have and put her in it for pictures and just to see what the staff says, if anything at all.

I am getting very anxious to get this baby in cloth once she arrives so I hope she fits in the ones we have very quickly.

Did you cloth diaper in the hospital?
Did anyone try to tell you it wasn't allowed?


Beth R said...

I did! I even was able to do this in the NICU. They were actually really wonderful about it and just had a few things I had to do to help follow regulations. One of the nurses even said that she was going to switch her daughter to cloth after seeing how easy it was!

Lena & Alex said...

Too late for me now (potty training my second one), but if I get around to the #3, would definitely try it

Isra said...

I never did from newborn stage but soon after coming home I did!

Heather said...

With my firstborn, I was surprised to see that the HOSPITAL put her in cloth diapers. After having five babies in the hospital I would say DON'T bring in your own diapers or you will LOSE THEM. I lost a couple of clothing items per child while staying. They would take them for a bath and neglect to bring back the clothes I had on them... grrr.

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

We didn't cloth diaper but I definitely want to try for my third child!