Monday, February 20, 2012

A cloth diapering godsend: Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer

When my daughter was born in 2005, we never even considered using cloth diapers.  They simply weren't on the radar then.  The choice was the "P" brand or the "H" brand, not cloth vs. disposable. And for 7 weeks, I was quite happy with that.  But....there's always a but!

Our daughter developed a diaper rash pretty much instantly.  By the time we left the hospital, her tiny bottom was fiery red.  A visiting pediatrician instructed us to "get something on that".  I faithfully slathered diaper cream all over and figured that would take care of the issue.

But 7 weeks later, her rash was still ever-present and solving it had become my obsession.  One day, Googling yet again for rash tips, I stumbled into a forum dedicated to diapering.  The ladies there were very nice, and very welcoming, but holy cow!!!  They ALL used cloth diapers.  ?????  I went ahead and asked my question and the nice ladies gave me lots of good advice, but nearly all of them mentioned that using cloth could very well cure the rash.  At 7 weeks, I gave in and bought two adorable cloth diapers.  Just to try, you know.

Fast forward to 6 months and we were die-hard cloth converts.  We'd quickly discovered the cloth love and sure enough, our daughter's rash went completely away.  But now our daughter was 6 months old and starting solid foods for the first time.  I was a little terrified of what the poop would be like.  I bought a diaper sprayer (the same model that would later become the Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer) and installed it myself in less than 10 minutes.  I quickly got the hang of spraying off diapers without coating the bathroom in water and we went merely on our way, continuing to cloth diaper.

Back then, cloth was very much an oddity, even in our progressive city.  I often was asked "what do you do with the poop?" and I always answered "I couldn't live without my diaper sprayer!"  I seriously think we might have given up cloth diapering back then if we'd had to dunk or swish diapers.

We used that diaper sprayer for over 4 years, first with diapers, then with potty chairs, and finally just to clean the bathtub.  When we moved it, I uninstalled it and moved it to the new house.  I was pretty attached!

I actually still have that diaper sprayer and it's time to install it again in the house we moved into just before our son was born.  It's given us several great years and I'm sure it'll give us several more until we're done with diapers and potty chairs.  


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