The first 6 months of cloth diapering is bliss. Breast fed baby diaper laundry is easy and carefree. They are simply just washed. Breastfeed poop is merely water soluble and washes out in the wash. Eventually, your child has to eat solids. You can’t avoid it. It’s the next step in growing up.
You could cloth diaper without a diaper sprayer. It’s not absolutely mandatory. However, it does make life easier and more fun.
Poop in the Toilet
Poop needs to go in the toilet. Not only is poop gross and disgusting, but poop is health concern in our landfills. Poop is full of viruses that need to be handled by waste water treatment facilities. Diapers in landfills lead to a plethora of potential problem (think about cholera, parasites and e-coli break outs from the turn of the twentieth century). yes, this means even poopy disposable diapers should be shaken into the toilet before the garbage can.
Getting poop into the toilet is a pretty straight forward task, unless the poop is stubborn. Before I had a sprayer I would swish it around in the bowl until all the poop came loose. This was messy, gross and not very efficient.
Why the Sprayer?
There is a time in when poop might become easily plopped into the toilet. No spraying, scraping or swishing. I figure this might take some time. So far Walter has not seemed thrilled by food, and seems to still be a taster more than an eater. I figure there will be a long transition period between beautiful washable breastfed poop and the plopping poop of a solid fed diet. It was time for a sprayer.
There are a few different options when it comes to sprayers, but a quick poll of my cloth diaper friends suggested they were all pretty much the same. I decided Spray Pal because it was the only option with the hand dandy spray shield. Some of my friends created their own spray shields for a fraction of the cost, but I had a moment of realizing – “let’s get real, you’ll buy the supplies and never finish the project.” So I bought the system from my favourite retailer and had it a couple days later.
I let my husband install the sprayer. He failed to read the directions and decided to take apart more of the toilet than needed. It simply attaches to the toilet water tank. No additional parts needed. No need to take apart the hose and connection pieces (like my husband thought)
It was easy to install and even easier to use. Remember to turn off the water with each use otherwise it WILL leak. It did leak and I had a little bit of a mess to clean up. Oops.
It’s pretty simple. Place the shield in the toilet, attach the diaper, turn on the sprayer and spray till clean. Roll the diaper up (squeezing out the water) and dispose in the wet bag. I then put my shield on a large prefold and turn off the sprayer. Ta Da! Poop in the toilet, and diaper ready to be washed.
We’ve had it for about a month and I love it. I absolutely adore it. So far nothing has gone wrong and there have not been any major incidents. Its fun to use and reassuring that I know that my poopy diapers are being disposed of correctly. Here’s to saving our landfills one diaper at a time!
This last couple of weeks have been rough on the poop front. And I’m major crushing on my sprayer. It’s the BEST THING EVER. That’s right. Why? We’ve been changing so many poops a day its not even funny. So my sprayer has been a god send. I love it. I can’t wait till I don’t have to use it, but in the meanwhile it’s saving my diapers and myself.
Buy this before you start solids. I dragged my heels on it. I didn’t think I’d need it. But I did need and I love it. There will be a moment in which you’ll just know that you need it. The poop will change and you’ll be online ordering one because you hate swishing diapers.
Do you have a sprayer? Love it? Hate it? How do you handle poop?