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  • Pest in Diaper Bag/Pushback on Diaper Bag Policy

    This morning as I was taking pampers and wipes out of one of my dck's diaper bag a roach crawled out. That really had me freaking out. I've never had a problem with any pests in my home daycare before and I really don't want it to become one. So I decided the best plan of action was to no longer allow any diaper bag. Only two of my dc families bring them, and all the other dck's have their things in their cubbies. I was looking around for some guidelines/policies that others have on diaper bags but I wasn't having any luck finding anything. Not sure if I explained it well, but this is the note I sent home.

    Good Afternoon Parents:

    Please note we will no longer be accepting any diaper bags/backpacks into the Daycare. Starting on Monday: 05/17/21, parent’s will be required to bring all items needed for care in a plastic bag/large ziploc bag.

    This includes but not limited to: diapers/pull-ups, wipes, diaper cream, change of clothes, bibs, bottles, formula, pacifiers and comfort items... All supplies will be kept in your child’s cubby and I will let you know once your child is running low on any items.

    If you have any questions please feel free to call or text me.

    Thank You!

    Receiving some pushback from one dcm, her child is the youngest I currently have in care dcb is 7 months. She said she's fine with leaving a pack of wipes and pampers in dcb's cubby, and she can understand why I'm implementingthepolicy because of anyone bringing any bugs into the daycare (her words, I didn't tell any of the dcf's the reason behind the policy). However she wants his bottles sent back home each day so she can sanitize them, and doesn't want to have two formulas open one at home and at daycare, and she also doesn't want his allergy medicine or clothes to stay here. I don't remember the reason why. I told dcm she could send the bottles each morning in a plastic bag or ziploc and I would send them back in the evening with dcd. Dcm said since he's the youngest and has a lot of stuff unlike the older dck's and that she couldn't see why she couldn't keep bringing in his bag.

    Any advice on this situation, have any of you experienced anything similar. Do you allow infants to bring in diaper bags/what is your policy on bringing in supplies and how/when they should be brought in? Need some help...

  • #2
    our center got FLEAS off a diaper bag, that was the end of diaper bags! formula, allergy meds and clothes can go back and forth, In a plastic bag. Stay firm! Just image if it were bed bugs or somthing worse than just roaches!

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    • #3
      I'd tell her she must give him his allergy medicine at home, before arrival. There is no need for that at daycare. It is 24 hour dosing.

      I would never allow formula powder to go back and forth because I am liable for any contamination. I would give her three choices, 1) she leaves a can at daycare 2) I buy and add the cost to her tuition 3) she finds another daycare. I don't allow pre-made bottles because of a long history of parental tampering (watering down, adding laxatives'), doping adding cereal, etc. Formula should never have anything added, the directions must be followed to meet the childs nutritional needs.

      I don't allow diaper bags because I am liable for the contents during an inspection. Expired meds, dirty bottles/clothing/diapers, spoilt formula bottles, etc can get me cited. I do allow small freezer bags for breastmilk transport.

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      • Former Teacher
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        At my former center we allowed parents to bring premade bottles. Until one day one of the fathers stupidly made the comment that he was kicked out of his previous daycare because "they wouldn't give him the Tylenol that I authorized him to have so I put it in his bottle."

        Needless to say, that was the LAST time we allowed any premade bottles in.

    • #4
      That's disgusting! I'm glad I decided long time ago, to not allow diaper bags, food and personal items to be brought in

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      • DeeDee
        DeeDee commented
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        Wish I had added that policy sooner, but it's definitely here to stay. Lol

    • #5
      I never understood WHY anyone would want to bring a bag daily. It’s such a hassle!

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      • #6
        Originally posted by flying_babyb View Post
        our center got FLEAS off a diaper bag, that was the end of diaper bags! formula, allergy meds and clothes can go back and forth, In a plastic bag. Stay firm! Just image if it were bed bugs or somthing worse than just roaches!
        That sounds awful! I'm thankful it wasn't fleas or anything worse 🙏 Definitely trying to stay firm, and not accommodate everyone's needs as I did in the past. Thanks flying_babyb!

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        • #7
          Originally posted by Cat Herder View Post
          I'd tell her she must give him his allergy medicine at home, before arrival. There is no need for that at daycare. It is 24 hour dosing.

          I would never allow formula powder to go back and forth because I am liable for any contamination. I would give her three choices, 1) she leaves a can at daycare 2) I buy and add the cost to her tuition 3) she finds another daycare. I don't allow pre-made bottles because of a long history of parental tampering (watering down, adding laxatives'), doping adding cereal, etc. Formula should never have anything added, the directions must be followed to meet the childs nutritional needs.

          I don't allow diaper bags because I am liable for the contents during an inspection. Expired meds, dirty bottles/clothing/diapers, spoilt formula bottles, etc can get me cited. I do allow small freezer bags for breastmilk transport.
          I don't allow any pre-made bottles to be sent in for exactly those reasons. Definitely going to give dcm those choices about the formula and see what she says. Thanks Cat Herder!

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