You finally convinced yourself to take a night off and go on a date with your significant other! Congrats! You even made the big step and hired a babysitter. Now comes the hard part, what do you do about cloth diapers? Do you buy a package of disposables for the babysitter or hope for the best and leave behind your cloth diapers? Here are some tips for making cloth diapering a success for your babysitter:
Choose wisely! Pick the easiest diapers in your stash. All-in-ones or pocket diapers (already stuffed) with hook and loop are the most like disposable diapers. If you only have a stash of flats or prefolds, consider pad folding your prefolds or trifolding your flats and have them lying in covers ready to go. The less complicated your diapers are, the easier it will be for your babysitter to get the hang of things.
What about the poop? Consider leaving flushable liners for your sitter. If you don't have liners, leave a wet bag behind for your sitter to contain poopy diapers. You can spray them when you get home.
Remove any creams that could be harmful to your diapers! Save yourself the headache of scrubbing diaper cream off of your diapers. Hide away any unapproved creams and prevent accidents from happening.
Change one diaper before you go! Show your sitter how easy cloth diapers are by changing a diaper. If you don't make it a big deal, your sitter will most likely not consider it one!
Leave brief easy notes for your sitter. You want your kids to have fun with their new babysitter. That will happen much easier if your sitter is relaxed and not stressed.
Remember that every babysitter is different. Some sitters may be more open to new things that others. And your sitter may just fall in love with cloth and be open to all of the diapers in your stash, not just the "easy" ones!