Thursday, January 5, 2012

What about the POOP?

I frequently get the question from other moms who don’t use cloth diapers, what about the poop? Actually the conversation usually goes like this –

Non-CD Mom: What about the poop?!
Me: Yeah? What about it?
Non-CD Mom: What do you do with it?
Me: I use my diaper sprayer and spray it into the toilet.
Non-CD Mom: Well, then what about when you have to wash them?
Me: What about washing them?
Non-CD Mom: Isn’t it gross in your washing machine?
Me: Um…no because I already sprayed the poop off.

Ah…if you’ve stopped in your tracks at the thought of using cloth diapers because of the poop let me tell you, it is a far, far cry from the poopy cloth diaper of yesteryear. There are so many great products and accessories to help you with cleaning the poo off of your fluff that I bet by the end of this you’ll be chomping at the bit to purchase them and dive into poop removal!

The Diaper Sprayer
In my opinion, the invention of the diaper sprayer is quite possible the best and most practical accessory for cloth diaper users. The sprayer is attached to your toilet. When you have a dirty diaper, you turn the sprayer on and simply spray the poop into the toilet. When you’re finished spraying you wring the diaper out and place it in your dry or wet pail. No more swishing pooping diapers in the toilet let the sprayer do the dirty work.

Flushable Liners
It’s a lightweight liner that is strong enough to hold poop but lightweight enough so that you can flush them down the toilet. It’s a great way to get rid of poop and keep your hands clean. You should know, however, that if you have a septic tank you should not use flushable liners. I have also found that if your baby does not have a pretty regular pooping time you’ll go through more liners than you would if your baby poops on a schedule. From an economical point I’d only use these if your baby is very regular.

Reusable Liners
These are my favorite way to use cloth diapers when I’m travelling. You do have to do a little swishing in the toilet if your baby poops, however, it’s nothing compared to having to swish the big diaper! And if the poop is more solid than it is squishy, it’s even easier to dump and clean.

If you think about it you have the same possibility of getting poop on your hands, clothes, pretty much anywhere, with disposable diapers as you do with cloth diapers. The difference is that you really have to rinse the poop out in the toilet with cloth while you should be doing the same with disposables. That’s right, human waste shouldn’t even be in landfills. Technically you should be shaking and rinsing your poopy disposables out in the toilet. Read the information on that pack of disposables and you’ll see. Now that’s an image, huh? Have you ever gotten a disposable wet with water? It literally explodes and the gel that’s inside of it gets everywhere.

Your baby’s poop is not nearly as gross to you as another baby’s poop and you know why? Because it belongs to your baby and you’re here to care for him/her. If that means your hands get a little messy you know that’s okay. You’ll endure most anything to care for that little bundle in your arms.

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.


Anonymous said...

A friend of mine lives in Germany and says that diaper sprayers aren't compatible with the toilets there. Because of this problem, she did cloth for about 10 months and quit, which made me sad (and her,too). She said she just couldn't handle it anymore.

Jena said...

I keep telling my hubby I want a sprayer. Currently, I swish (but it's winter & water is cold!), and hubby scrapes poop off with the litterbox scoop (which cracks me up). I'm about to buy a sprayer in spite of his insistence that he can make one.

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