**Warning- there will obviously be a lot of poop talking in this post.
Along with being completely confused and overwhelmed with all the information out there on cloth diapers, I was also TERRIFIED of my son pooping while wearing cloth diapers. The thought of having to clean poop off of it grossed me out! This was another reason why it took me so long to start cloth diapering my son. Sure he poops in his disposable, but all I had to do was use a wipe and only clean his butt. I never had to actually clean the poop off his diaper. How in the world was I supposed to clean it off? Scrape it off? Wipe it off? Dunk it in the toilet?
But to be honest, the thought of it seems a lot worse than it really is and when this time comes for you, your parenting instincts kick in and it’s really not as scary as it seems.
There is also great news for moms who EBF (Exclusively Breast Feed). EBF baby poop is completely water soluble. Meaning you can just take the diaper, stick it in your diaper pail and when ready it can go straight into the wash. No having to worry about removing the poop first. Yet another great reason to breastfeed!
Now that my child is older and we have introduced solid food to his diet, he is no longer EBF. So I can no longer just stick his diaper into my wash if he has a poopy diaper. So how have I managed dealing with this all?
Surprisingly most of his poops just roll right off the diaper and into the toilet. Easy Peasy! But sometimes he does have tougher poops to remove and I am so thankful to own a diaper sprayer from The Diaper Sprayer company! I am not a fan of dunking the diaper in a bucket or toilet to wash the poop off. If I had to do it I would, but of course I prefer not to.
I can not tell you how ridiculously easy the Diaper Sprayer was to install on our toilet. We have a standard toilet so it connected no problem. My husband had it installed and working in less than 3 minutes. I am not kidding! It is also completely easy to use. Just hold your diaper near the bowl of your toilet or let it hang on the bowl and spray. The poop comes right off! I really could not be happier that we have one. It also makes my husband more comfortable knowing if he were ever stuck having to change a poopy cloth diaper, that the sprayer would be there to help him.
The Diaper Sprayer runs for less than $40 which to me is worth it since i will never have to dunk my diaper in the toilet! You can check out all the different sprayer options and check out a little image drawing of how easy the sprayer is to install in as little as 5 steps by visiting their website at: www.diapersprayer.com
Not into the whole diaper sprayer but still don’t want to have to dunk your diaper in any water? You can always buy a flushable diaper liner. I have personally never tried them but they look pretty cool and I will probably be purchasing some sometime soon for when we are out and about. Charlie Banana has a pack of 100 for $11.99. They are not only flushable but 100% biodegradable, free of plastics, chemicals, chlorine, and they are thin.
If you are a more get down and dirty type of mom. You can buy some dishwashing gloves (you know, the yellow ones) and then dunk. That way your bare hands never touch the poop. I have also heard of parents buying a poop only spatula and doing it that way and then disinfecting when it is done and storing it under the bathroom sink.
Whichever way you choose to do, it really isn’t that scary. Once you experience your first poopy diaper, cloth diapering is a breeze!
Stay tuned for Step 4- Washing.
Missed the previous steps? That’s ok:
Step 1: Preparing
Step 2: Prepping
***Disclaimer- I received a Diaper Sprayer for review the words above are strictly my own because quite frankly, I’d like to be able to clean off poop without touching it. ***