What about the POOP? That’s right, there is no escaping it and we all have to deal with the poopy diapers.
Make a Poo Pact! Since most of my readers are mommies I’m specifically talking to you. Most of us have supportive husbands who only ‘agree’ to go the cloth diaper route because it will save them money in the long run. Admit it – when you first told your husband you were going to use cloth diapers he probably laughed at you. Mine did! I actually remember the reaction when I brought the very first cloth diaper into the house. We had friends over and the guys spent hours making fun of me and my decision; while my girlfriend laughed a little quieter. They all asked me “but what about the poop? What do you do with that?“
What’s a Poo Pact? I decided on day 1 of our own cloth diaper journey that I wasn’t going to ask my husband to deal with the poop; unless he wanted to. I made a pact with him that he could leave the poopy diaper for me as long as he promised not to complain or use disposables while I was gone. I realized tonight that I’m not the only one who makes poo pacts. A husband of a friend of mine does the same thing – they are new to cloth diapering and he refuses to clean the poop!
How do you handle the poo? Well if you are breastfeeding exclusively the poo is water soluble and will wash off in the laundry. During that stage I would still rinse the diapers and inserts in the sink because I was afraid of the staining. Once your baby starts eating solid food the poo becomes more solid and less frequent. Unfortunately it also brings about the sticky poo – seriously sometimes it’s like creamy peanut butter! It’s down right gross, I won’t lie to you! But it does get easier. As your baby becomes a toddler the poo becomes even less frequent and even more solid. So solid that many times it plops right off the diaper. This is the dream poo – the poo that you pray for!
Here’s my cheat sheet for each type of poo –
Wet poo – rinse and place directly into a wet bag.
Sticky poo – One option is the diaper liner. Either flushable or fleece the liner will keep the poo off the diaper. I actually prefer the flushable liners. The second option is to invest in a good diaper sprayer or dedicated spatula to remove the poo into the toilet. The diaper sprayer is essential for removing sticky poo from the diaper. Then place directly into a wet bag.
Solid poo – Dump, plop, and flush – but beware of the splash! Then place directly into a wet bag.
Updated 2014: Again, another area that has had a few advancements over the past few years is diaper sprayer accessories. The best invention since the diaper sprayer is the Spray Pal! You can use this with your traditional diaper sprayer or in a sink or tub.
But why do you LOVE poop? OK – so I don’t love poop but with the Poo Pact I love my husband more. If I don’t expect him to clean the poopy diapers then I can’t get mad at him when he leaves them sit on the bathroom counter waiting for me. I love that the Poo Pact has saved my marriage from one more pointless battle. I love that my husband gets just as excited as I do (about cloth diapers) when he’s talking to a new parent. I love that my husband is honest about his hatred for poo. I love that my husband loves me enough to take the cloth diaper challenge with me. And I love that on occasion – he’ll even clean a poopy diaper!
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