January 17, 2014

How to deal with the poop!

One of the biggest questions people have when choosing cloth diapers, is what do you do with the poop? With disposable diapers, you just wrap it up and toss it. Cloth diapers are a bit different. It may sound gross, but never fear! There are easy contraptions that help make it easy and keeps the mess away!

Parents of exclusive breastfed (EBF) babies, you are in for a treat! Poop from EBF babies is water soluble! No extra steps! Just toss that diaper in the pail and wash on laundry day. The poop will wash away in your washer. It sounds gross, but I promise your washer will not hold onto the poop and contaminate the rest of your laundry.

If your baby eats solid foods is or formula fed, you'll want to dispose of the poop before throwing the diaper in the pail. There are a few options:

1. Diaper Sprayer - Diaper sprayers hook onto your toilet. These handy contraptions are used to spray the waste into the toilet. Most diaper sprayers have a shut off valve to prevent accidents when not in use. Diaper sprayers are so useful for things other than cloth diapers. They make a great bidet for potty training toddlers, cleaning the bathtub is a breeze with the diaper sprayer, and if the stomach flu invades your home, vomit clean up is much easier with a diaper sprayer!

2. Flushable Liners - Flushable liners are laid on top of your diapers. They catch the poop. When it's time for a diaper change, just slide the liner and poop into the toilet and flush! Note: Many flushable liners are not septic safe.

3. Dunk and swish - This method has been around for a while! Just hold your diaper into the toilet, shake the poop off into the water, and flush. Be sure to hold the diaper tightly or you may end up losing it in the pipes!

4. Scrape - Some parents choose to use a plastic spatula or scraper to scrape the poop into the toilet. Don't forget to clean your scraping mechanism!

P.S. Did you know you aren't supposed to throw away the poop with disposable diapers?