Have you read my other posts all about cloth diapering? Check them out in the cloth diapers section of the menu! I believe they are an eco-friendly, affordable option and are not complicated to use at all. Read Everything You Need to Start Cloth Diapering to know exactly what you’d need. Spoiler: The list is short!
One of the most pressing questions that new mamas considering cloth diapering have is “what do I do with the poo though?!”
And that is a valid question.
It’s one thing to picture beautiful, reusable, earth-friendly cloth diapers that you can toss into a bin just like disposables, except you put them in the washer a couple days later instead of the trash. But obviously any—ahem—solids need to be dealt with first!
How you get them into the toilet is kind of a matter of preference, but as I mentioned in other posts about cloth diapering, I strongly, strongly suggest a diaper sprayer that hooks to your toilet. Some mamas just use a dunking and swishing technique in their clean toilet bowl, which you can find demonstrations of on YouTube. I say, get a sprayer and make it that much easier on yourself so you don’t have to dunk. But to each her own!
They are readily available on Amazon among other places and are not very expensive, especially when you consider what help they are. You can also use these once you start potty training to easily rinse out the bucket of the potty seat. Cha-ching!
My sprayer is the PurrfectZone Luxury Stainless Steel Handheld Sprayer.
It is a valve that hooks quite easily to the water line that comes into your toilet, leaving you with your toilet working just like usual, but a magic hose also connected with a nifty hook to hang it on. It looks nice and works great. Mine has wonderful water pressure that is adjustable with a lever and also simply by pressing more gently or firmer on the handle (just like a garden hose).
Speaking of water pressure, my number one tip at spraying off your first diaper is to start gently. Holding your soiled diaper low inside the bowl of your toilet, but not dipping all the way into the water if you can help it, aim your hose downward and begin from the top to gently spray any solids off. If you press your hose full blast, and you aren’t using any sort of spray guard, (which I personally don’t bother using) the backsplash is liable to go everywhere, which you do not want. But as long as you start gently, you will easily be able to gauge the physics of the situation and avoid back-splashing.
I sometimes slip on a pair of rubber gloves that I keep nearby before starting. But sometimes I can’t be bothered and just wash my hands after and keep on truckin’!
Work the jet of water back and forth, spraying both up and down the solids and side-to-side. Even the stickiest of poos will come loose! Just give the water a moment to do its work.
Once you have all the solids off, ring the diaper out a bit by either wringing it with your hands if you have on gloves, or pressing it against the upper inside of the bowl if not, then toss it into your wet diaper pail or bag until you wash (ideally 2 or 3 days later).
I know it sounds like a lot of steps and hassle if you’ve never done it before, but it’s actually not bad.
I timed myself once or twice when rinsing a poo diaper—without rushing—to see how much time it added over simply throwing a disposable in the trash, and it typically adds about 2 minutes for me. Keeping in mind that poo doesn’t happen in every diaper…that’s not bad at all. Two extra minutes a couple times a day is totally do-able!
Remember, pee diapers just go into your diaper bin until your next wash. Easy! For the rest of the cloth diaper laundering process, read my post on how to wash cloth diapers (it isn’t hard!)
If you have any tips or thoughts about dealing with poo in cloth diapers, feel free to leave a comment below!