Sunday, January 13, 2013

What do you do with the poop? 

 When considering whether or not to use cloth diapers, this question will undoubtedly come to mind. You will also be asked this question many times from other people.  The thought might just terrify your childless friend, but I promise, it's not that difficult...really!  What you do partially depends on what your child is eating. If you are exclusively nursing, then you're in luck! The only thing you need to do is remove the diaper and toss it directly into your diaper pail or wet bag to wash. No rinsing, no dunking necessary! Why? Breast milk poop is 100% water soluble, meaning it dissolves in water. What could be easier? If you are formula feeding, supplementing with formula, or baby is eating solids,  then the poop should be discarded first. There are a couple of ways to do this.

Dunk, Swirl, Swish, Scrape!

This is the old School method, and while it can be a little daunting at first, it will do the trick. Baby poop is not that bad, really and truly!  Just dip the diaper into the toilet and swirl it around. I have to do this when I am traveling and sometimes it helps to flush the toilet while holding the diaper in the basin. Remember, this method has been done for hundreds of years...and everyone is just fine.  The only warning I have is to  be sure to hold on tight! I have heard stories of the diaper being whisked away quite quickly!   I also know of others who keep a pair of rubber gloves in the bathroom and just dunk and wring out their diapers, as well as people who have a plastic spatula to scrape the diaper off. That will work too. Just store the spatula in the bathroom under the sink with some Clorox wipes and wipe it once you are done.  Don't worry if it all does not come off. Your machine can handle more than you think, that coupled with a pre-wash cycle, hot wash cycle and an extra rinse...your diapers will end up squeaky clean!

Spray it off!

Personally, I have a diaper sprayer. I use it every day, and I love it! A diaper sprayer is a high pressure wand that attaches to most standard toilets. It also comes with a wall mount for the wand and an on/off valve. To use your sprayer you need to lift up both toilet seats and Hold the diaper into the toilet. Spray the wand aiming the water in a downward motion rising the soils into the toilet. When your diaper is fully rinsed, just toss it in your diaper pail or wet bag and it is ready to be washed.  I love my sprayer. Did I say that already?

 Have you heard about diaper liners? 

If you haven't, be prepared to be aww struck! ...and if dad is not on board with the idea of cloth, this might just get him! A diaper liner is usually made of viscose commonly known as rayon. Newer to the cloth diaper world are liners made from Bamboo fibers instead of rayon. Bamboo is often preferred over rayon because it is ultra soft and offers many of the great properties of Bamboo including it's anti-microbial and anit-fungal properties. It is also non-irritating to the skin. Diaper liners are flushable and bio-degradable and come in a roll much like paper towels. These super thin sheets are perforated and tear off very easily. All you need to do is place the liner on top of whatever diaper you are using and when you change your baby, simply pick up the liner (with the soil) and toss in the trash or flush down the toilet, voila! My favorite brand is Eco-Bottom Liners made by Eco Sprout.

 While the diaper sprayer and diaper liners have revolutionized cloth diapering, remember you can still kick it old school and dunk your soiled diapers into the toilet as well.

What do you do with the poop?

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13 comments:

  1. I plan to use a diaper sprayer and bio liners to make things easier for me.

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  2. I dont have a sprayer.. or cloth diapers. baha yet. :)

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  3. i do a little bit of everything, thats the beauty of having 2 in cloth... i plop anything i can and then spray what doesnt come off with a bg diaper sprayer i installed myself (so proud!) i use eco liners when we are out and about so that its easier to clean off on the go!

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  4. we just started solids, so I just do the dunk and swirl... easy peasy. Maybe someday we will get a sprayer.

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  5. My tub is right next to the toilet so I just use the shower head just like a diaper sprayer.

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  6. I'm a dunk and swisher but would love a sprayer.
    Kimberlie

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  7. I'm not sure yet....I'm wondering if my shower head will reach to the toilet....it's close!

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  8. I don't have a sprayer so I just rinse them if they are really messy and presoak them in the washer

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  9. I clean most of it out with toilet paper or just dumping the solids in the toilet...no sprayer!

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  10. Our toilet is right next to the bathtub so my husband installed a detachable sprayer to the showerhead that reaches the toilet. It was half the price of an actual diaper sprayer and super easy to install.

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  11. Diaper liners & the power spray speed on our removable shower head :)

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  12. I am pregnant with my first. I plan on using a sprayer and liners.

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