RDA Cloth Diapers in Daycare Survey Analyzed

RDA Cloth Diapers in Daycare Survey Analyzed

The Real Diaper Association (RDA) conducted a survey on the use of cloth diapers in daycare facilities.  We received over 250 detailed responses.  The responders were largely parents who had talked with daycare providers about their willingness to use cloth diapers on their children while caring for them. Maybe you were one of them?  If so, THANK YOU!  We learned several important things by analyzing the survey results:


  • Parents who educated themselves about this issue and were persistent about educating daycare providers to use cloth diapers were at times able to turn a “no” into a “yes.”
  • There are some daycares providers who exclusively use cloth diapers in their facility.
  • Daycare providers who refused to use cloth diapers usually feared they were unsanitary and were generally unfamiliar with cloth diaper usage.
  • Occasionally daycare providers blamed state health and licensing regulations for restricting the use of cloth diapers in their facility.
  • This is a nation-wide issue.  There are no regional patterns for the acceptance or rejection of cloth diapers in daycare.


A working group composed of RDA and Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA) members is currently working on a plan to facilitate the use of cloth diapers in daycare.  These survey results are helping to guide the direction the project will take.  The proposal for the project will be presented at the RDIA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in September.  If you are interested in working on this important issue, please contact me!


Heather McNamara

Executive Director, Real Diaper Association


I am a home daycare provider and welcome cloth diaper, of course I use them on my own child. I can't use cloth exclusively, I can't afford to limit my clientele that way, but if it happened that would be great. I wish more daycares and parents would use cloth.
I'm going to be cloth diapering my newborn (due Sept 26) and have thought about what to except when it comes to day care. I hope I can find a nice enough place that is willing to support my decision. I also plan to breastfeed so I hope they are on board with that as well.

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