June 14, 2011

Cloth Diapers Have Germs: The Sequel

Yesterday, despite being this close to being buried alive by paperwork at the bank, I spent some time on the phone with our public health unit and a really nice guy named Steve, who is our district Health Inspector, and responsible ensuring that the best practices are followed at Jr's daycare.

All this phone activity was in response to the uninformative (and uninformed) statement I got from the assistant director of the daycare: "cloth diapers have germs". And yesterday: "cloth diapers aren't sanitary".

As you may remember from my attempt to make friends at the grocery store, I don't mind complaining. I don't mind getting on the phone, and speaking to receptionists and assistants and public health nurses until I talk to someone who makes decisions and knows why they were made.

I'm getting better at keeping my temper when things make me mad, and channeling the spirit of my brother in law, who - you may also remember - could probably very easily get a refund on food he'd already eaten, he's that persuasive.

So imagine me, waiting to hear back from the Public Health Inspector for our district, still puffed up a little with righteous indignation, ready to "keep my temper" but "get answers" like the calm professional I am (stop laughing).

And disarmed completely by this public official who is a reasonable, well spoken, logical human being who I can relate to. Who chatted with me - in the middle of an inspection, at the end of the day - for about ten minutes about cloth diapers in general, my cloth diapers in specific, his plans to cloth diaper when he and his wife have kids, and - of course - washcloth policy. (One per child, one use only).

And who is not banning cloth diapers. Ever. Except in the case of an outbreak.

His concern about cloth diapers is all to do with the fact that they are stored in a dry bag in the changing area after they've been pooped in (or, in Jr's case, royally pooped in), are not wrapped up inside themselves in neat little plastic bundles like disposables are, and are not in a plastic garbage bag with a lid. Their "bacterial load" is manageable in normal situations, but during an outbreak the bacterial load needs to be lessened in any way possible, so Jr's in disposables until (probably) this afternoon.

End of story.

Does anybody else find the term "bacterial load" hilarious to the point of gasping? Thought so.