I am so excited that I was able to talk our Montessori into using cloth!! After researching and writing the article on the gel in disposables, I was kinda freaking out… I had done some research on the Tushies brand of disposables, since they are the ONLY sposie that does not contain the gel – they are quite pricey (especially coming from a woman that has never had to buy sposies period!) I was looking at probably close to $50 a month for them just for the 3 days a week, 3.5 hrs each day – WOW!
So I reapproached the school. I decided to talk to her teachers the day of the open house for new students. I brought with me an old Happy Heiny Pocket that was all worn out and probably too small, since that was the easiest diaper I could find without opening my storage boxes. I planned to order 6 XL of them if the school agreed, since Amelia is so tall, the LG fit her, but they droop in the front no matter how tight I fasten them since she really needs an extra inch or 2 in the rise. So the teachers were very receptive – they had never seen anything like it and were surprised how easy cloth diapers actually are! One of the teachers is young, may not have any of her own kids, the other is older and told me her kids were all grown up, so she probably atleast has seen the old birdseye, plastic headed pin and pull on cover method, even if she never personally used them (not that this is a bad system, just a bit more difficult for the novice!) They both agreed that it was fine with them. I went out to talk to the owner who seemed to be nowhere around, which surprised me, although I was aware that she had been due to give birth in June I still expected to see her. I found a frazzled lady with a rather angry disposition in the owner’s office and after asking for the owner I was informed (in a not so nice tone actually) that she wasn’t there and that if I had concerns I could speak with this woman in front of me.
Well the conversation went a bit like this
me: My daughter gets rashes from disposables (yes I lied) these cloth diapers are quite easy, I spoke with her teachers who are alright with it…
mean woman: Well I don’t know if the state licensure allows this.
me: I have asked around to people that do daycare and they tell me it is.
I think its pretty obvious that she wanted to say no. I told her I could get a Drs. note (we have the BEST NP that we see at our homeopath’s office) and she told me she would call the person that does their licensure and call me back. Well Monday I had still not heard from her and managed to get my hands on a document by the state of the childcare/school age rules and regs which made it clear that it was indeed allowed, I emailed it to her with an ”oh-so-super nice” note and PRESTO – cloth at school.
I had to share my triumph! Thanks for listening and happy diapering!