Yes, you read that correctly — poo. It is often the first thing I get questions about when people find out that we use cloth diapers. “But what about when he poops? Isn’t it messy?” Well, sometimes it is and that doesn’t change even if he’s in a disposable!
Did you know that the directions on disposable diapers say that you are supposed to flush the poo just as with cloth diapers?
So, if that is a main argument against using cloth I suppose everyone should go ahead and convert! Obviously there are many other arguments but here are 5 ways to handle cloth diapering and the dreaded poo!
- Wash it! Breastfed poop is water-soluble means you don’t have to do a single thing to the cloth diaper before putting it in the diaper pail or wet bag! If your baby is formula fed you don’t have to do anything either. Just toss it and go! We never had a problem doing this when W was small. If the formula fed poo is a bit thick and pasty, you might want to take care of it before tossing it in the pail or bag but we rarely did. Now the world of solids can be a different story so read on…
- Plop it! All you have to do is hold the diaper over the toilet and give it a shake. This will take care of a lot of it. I have read of people using spatulas or plastic spoons to help with this process. I’ve used toilet paper when I’ve had some solid poop that was hanging on. Yes, this discussion is getting interesting now!
- Line it! You can use flushable liners to help keep things a bit less messy. You can use flushable diaper liners and place one in the diaper. When it’s soiled you can dump it with the poo and flush it all down! This will help prevent the smooshed poo effect that can get messy!
- Dunk and Swish it! This is actually what Grambo does with the messier diapers. All you have to do (yes, I am going to make it sound so simple) is fold the diaper so the inside is more on the outside in an effort to protect your hands a bit. I recommend holding both of the ends so the middle hangs down into the toilet. Then lower it into the water and swish it around a bit. Don’t get too crazy or you’ll have another mess on your hands!
- Spray it! Many people recommend a diaper sprayer to handle the poo. I do not have personal experience with a diaper sprayer. We have made it this far without needing one so we’ll probably just stick it out. It seems like it could take a bit of practice to make sure you aren’t making bigger messes than you start out with but from what I’ve read on other blogs, once people try diaper sprayers and get the hang of them they love them!
How do you handle the dreaded poo? We usually plop it or dunk and swish without any trouble. Do you have diapers that you dread dealing with when it comes to poo?