One question I hear often from those new to cloth diapering is, do I need to dunk my dirty diapers in the toilet? Thankfully, the answer is ‘no’! Then the question that usually follows is, ‘if I don’t dunk, then what do I do?’ When I first started looking into cloth diapering, that was one of the questions foremost in my mind.
Honestly, the thought of dunking poo into the toilet was a total turn off; especially coming from using disposables with my first two sons. That’s why when I heard the answer I got really excited. If your baby is exclusively breast/bottle fed, you can just throw your poopy diapers into your diaper pail until wash day with the rest of your diapers. It’s really that easy! Newborn poo is so watery that it just dissolves into the wash, and it doesn’t change that much as they get older.
So what happens when your baby starts solid foods? Luckily your baby won’t be eating enough solids to change the consistency of their poo for quite awhile. That means that you can go most of the first year without worry of doing anything special during your diaper changes. Gotta love that!
When your baby finally does start eating enough solids to change poo from goo to solid poo, then you will need to make some changes in your diaper change routine. Once you find (and excuse me if this is too much information) bits and chunks of food in your baby’s poo, you won’t want to put that into your washer. Those bits will not rinse out of your washer and you will have to clean them out of the machine yourself.
That is when your friend the diaper sprayer comes in. A diaper sprayer is a very convenient tool that you hook up to the tank of your toilet. You can adjust the water pressure so that the spray can either be light or heavy. The neat thing about a diaper sprayer is that it can also double as a bidet. Kinda nifty I think. Diaper sprayers can cost anywhere from $30 – $40 and you can find them at most any cloth diaper store. I recommend looking for a good sale when purchasing one though.
Diaper sprayers are very easy to use. You can use them on a fresh dirty diaper or one that has had to sit for awhile. Simply hold your diaper near the inside of the toilet bowl, and carefully spray the affected area until it’s free of anything to thick or chunky. If it doesn’t come off very easily, adjust the water pressure to get things loose. Just watch for splashing – it can get very messy if you have the water too high. You will also want to keep a wet bag or something of that nature in the bathroom to keep your wet diapers in at least temporarily.
Of course you don’t have to use a diaper sprayer if you don’t want to. You can easily dunk diapers or soak them in a wet pail even. I highly recommend trying a diaper sprayer though. They can save you time and make your diaper cleaning routine much easier.
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