Hi there - though I'd let you know what we've done & the other cloth using mums at our nursery!
jclmellor wrote:1. is it easier for nursery staff simply to use the flush away liner, or would it be okay to use fleece liners? (we use fleece liners at home and i would prefer the fleece option - another way to save money and anyway, DD has sensitive skin)
I sent paper liners to nursery, because that was what I thought they'd prefer (my DS was only the 2nd child there to start using cloth) - but as more & more mums are using them, they are happy to use fleece liners. Just accept a few 'poo parcels' if its a different member of staff changing your LO.
jclmellor wrote:2. wool... DD will be 7 months when i send her to nursery next month - even at her young age, will it be possible the lovely, expensive wool trousers will get trashed?!?!?! (e.g. sand, paint, baby led weaning...)
Never tried it - but we do have 'nursery' clothes. They can get very
trashed! We did BLW at nursery - and they didn't use a bib at all - so you can imagine the mess esp with tomato based stuff! Plus there is regular painting etc - it goes everythere! I would buy cheap trousers that wash wash wash!
jclmellor wrote:3. i'm thinking of investing in flongies - we haven't used these yet... how many pairs would she get through in a day, and (how) is interlock different from/cheaper than wool?
Never used these at nursery - again I'm worried about the stuff DS gets down him - but probably better than wool
jclmellor wrote:4. i think the advice i will give the nursery staff is: change the nappies every 3 hours; make sure the nappies are quite tight; don't worry if the wool is damp inside (it's meant to be like that) - doesn't need changing. sound good?
We had problems with this in the beginning - because DS didn't smell when his nappy was wet (like they do in sposies!) So after a few times of picking him up & finding him soaked - I insisted on a minimum number of nappy changes in a day (every 3hrs) unless he did a dirty one which they could obviously smell. Once I explained that wet cloth nappies didn't smell until they were utterly soaked - they were fully on board!
jclmellor wrote:5. on the previous posts, some people's advice was to send AIO/pockets with wool, so if there is a leak, the wool will soak it up. i'm a bit reluctant to send several types of nappies for the nursery staff to struggle through. i'm thinking of sending fitteds with wool but i did buy 20 easyfits for the sole purpose of nursery use - they sometimes leak - but they are a lot easier than fitteds.
We used fitteds & PUL wraps at nursery. My friend had planned to send her DD in pockets specially for nursery - but I took the approach 'I'm paying you a lot of money, you'll change the nappies I have already - because I can't afford to buy special nursery ones' So our workhorse stash of tots bots became our nursery nappies. After an incident with naked messy play & red paint wrecking a yellow wrap - there was no way my lovely minky pockets were going to nursery!!
But now there are loads of children at nursery with different nappy systems - each child's key worker does their own childrens nappy changes - so they get used to what your child uses.
jclmellor wrote:6. hopefully i'll be sending reusable wipes and a tupperware box (as solution i use camomile tea, olive oil and a squirt of baby bath). has anyone used reusable wipes for nursery and does the tupperware box sound a good idea?
DS was allergic to sposie wipes - so they agreed to use their own cloth wipes and water
Other mums have sent small bags of wet wipes - and then the dirty ones go in the dirty nappy bag
jclmellor wrote:7. i will send several wet bags along with 3 days worth of nappies. i will ask the nursery staff to return the dirty nappies and clothes after each day - sounds good?
we took a clean bag of nappies & one clean wet bag every morning
and picked up a full wet bag at the end of the day - repacked it that evening, ready for the following morning.
hope that helps
our nursery use so many cloth nappies now, so it shows it can be done.
just be prepared to be flexible & accept they will make mixtakes in the beginning
(they have managed to put a fitted nappy & PUL wrap on backwards a few times - how??? I have no idea!!)