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Has anyone dealt with complications regarding cloth diapers and hospitals? My sister just had her first baby and the hospital refused to allow her to bring in her own cloth diapers. Actually, it was the nurse. They told her it was not standard practice and that it wasn't as sanitary and they prefer she use disposables. I thought this was a bit odd, so I'm asking around to see if anyone else had these issues. This was at an Indiana hospital btw.


I could probably understand the hospital not wanting to use cloth. Or rather, I wouldn't use cloth at a hospital (until it was time to go home). One factor is the lack of laundry facilities for soiled diapers (I know, she would just take them home and wash them there, but what if the hospital stay was longer than anticipated). I suppose the staff is worried about amassing a collection of soiled diapers in the nursery that had to be handled in a special manner. Not to mention the issue of hospital staff needing to change diapers if the baby is separated from your sister at any point and a nurse needs to change the diaper, what is the liability if anything happens to it. That is why they don't want you to so much as put the baby in non-nursery issued clothing items until ready to go home (at least that was my experience with babies 1, 2 and 3 at 3 different hospitals in 3 different states).

I'm expecting #4 and my plan is to take along 2-3 cloth diapers and not put them on until we're ready to go home as a family. They really can't regulate what diaper I put onto my child when we're discharging any more than they can regulate the outfit I choose for my baby to wear home. i wish your sister luck!
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May 2010

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