Let’s talk about the elephant in the room….
Yes we use cloth diapers. Gasp.
We have used them for almost 3 years now with both of our kids (3 years and 9 month). The only time we don’t use them is when we are on vacation or if there is a nasty rash we are dealing with.
Now that that is out of the way, one of the number one questions I get asked when people discover we are old school super modern and use reusable diaper is “what about the poo?!”
So let’s talk about it, the nitty gritty of poop and cloth diapers.
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Honestly this was one of my biggest worries about cloth and I did TONS of research figuring out a way to get around the poo mess. There are a few different options, like a diaper sprayer, swooshing the diaper, or even scraping (barf face) the poop. I think we have found the perfect solution for us and I also think we have it mastered, cloth can be just as easy as disposables!
First things first, before your baby starts solids and is exclusively breast feeding or formula fed, you can wash the poop out right in the washer. Just do your normal cloth diaper washing routine. I get that it sounds disgusting and that it won’t come clean, but I cross my heart that it does. Everything washes out perfectly fine. Sometimes you can get staining, but that is easily fixed with good old bleach or sun bleaching. Your machine is not going to be left a poopy mess either, I prommmissssseeee. When I was looking into cloth, I definitely did not believe this, but it is true. Two cloth diapered kids later I am a believer now.
Now on to when your little one starts eating solids and there is no way in heck you want to put solid poop in your washer.
When doing my own research for cloth diapering, the poopy situation seemed like it was going to be a deal breaker. Some families use diaper sprayers and they say it alleviates the poo mess. You have probably seen around 2,320 pins on Pinterest about diaper sprayers and how they are amazing…. but I am definitely not sold. Using a high power water sprayer to spray the poop off a diaper sounded even messier than rinsing it. What about the splatter? I pictured a wet, splatter, mess of poo, urine and water all over the walls around my toilet. No thanks, definitely not going there. Full disclosure – I have never tried a diaper sprayer, and honestly it might be the perfect fit for you and your diaper journey, but it is not for me.
So anyway… what is our our modern solution to poo and cloth diapers?
To have that huge love fest might actually be an understatement… or is it?! But let me walk you through the poopy diaper process.
When you come upon a poopy diaper, you just go about changing it like normal. We use cloth wipes and few squirts of bum spray… wipe wipe wipe and then put on a fresh diaper. After all that changing business, we take the whole diaper and the wipes to the toilet. We take the liner out (the corners are usually poo free so I grab there) and flush it down the toilet. Then the rest of the diaper and the wipes go into the diaper pail. Easy peazy. No need to soak, rinse, spray or scrap any diapers people!
Ahhhmazing. And a game changer. This is seriously the only way I think I have stayed on the cloth diaper band wagon this long.
We use Bumkin liners and we have tried a lot of other brands but keep coming back to these. I like that they are super duper soft, and they streeeetch so they cover the entire inside of the diaper.
One thing to point out is that we do not use these to stop poo from staining our diapers, the material of these is very thin and it is just meant to catch the poop so you can dispose of it easily.
Along the same lines, we don’t use this as a liner to protect our cloth diapers from diaper rash creams that aren’t cloth diaper safe. If we are using triple paste (best bum cream…get it now!) we will use a disposable diapers so we don’t ruin our BumGenius.
Another plus is that when you are out of the house and have to change a poopy diaper you can flush the liner and poop away and not have to cart around a nasty poopy diaper. Just throw the wet diaper in the wet bag and you are good to go.
Seriously you guys, this is one of the best decision we have made with cloth (probably tied with our diaper choice)! If you are thinking of using cloth diapers, definitely don’t dabble in poop and give flushable liners a try. It will make cloth diapering much more user friendly and modern!