Eco-nannies: Does Your Child Go to a Green Daycare?

What is a green daycare, anyway? A hay bale structure in which youngsters learn to compost and recycle? Sounds nice!

I know when we began looking for someone to take care of our baby when she was eight months old, I was most concerned with two things: cloth diapers and breast milk. Would our future provider be okay with changing cloth diapers and leaving the wet ones for us in a bag to take home? (Joy just wrote about this!) Would she be willing to thaw out my expressed breast milk and bottle-feed it to my daughter?

We ended up finding someone who did both of those things, and we didn’t need to find a special “eco-friendly” daycare to do it. Our daycare provider operates inside her own home, where she watches three or four kids at a time. She had never had a child in cloth diapers before, but she was happy to try them out. In fact, she was happy to have less trash to deal with (and pay for).

What are/were your eco-concerns when looking for a daycare for your child? How did you end up addressing those concerns—and are you happy with your choices?

We discuss this in more detail in our book, the Eco-nomical Baby Guide!


  1. Ours were the same as yours – cloth diapers and breastmilk. She said no to cloth diapers (we use NatureBaby Care instead) but had no issues with breastmilk (milk has to be provided by parents anyways – so no different than breastmilk vs cows milk).

    She serves all organic food to the kids which is one of the reasons we went with her.

  2. We picked a daycare based largely on its location, and it’s not an in-home facility but an institutional one (has been around for decades, with terrific focus on early child development) — but we were thrilled to discover that they were happy to use cloth diapers. Our son is the only one using cloth diapers in his classroom (!!!) but it’s super-easy.

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