Dirty Diaper Routine?

Jaclyn - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )




Hey Everyone --- My daughter just started solids and I'm not use to the routine of washing out her diapers....any suggestions to make the process faster/smoother?


Majaliwa - posted on 04/28/2010




You have 3 options for dealing with poo.

1. Diaper Sprayer - if the poo is runny you'll want to buy one of these and hook it up to your toilet. You then spray the poop off of the diaper directly into the toilet.

2. Shake it Off - if the poo is solid you can simply shake it off in the toilet

3. Disposable Diaper Liners - these are biodegradable, compostable, flushable paper liners that you place inside the diaper to catch the poo. When you need to change baby you just remove the liner with the poo in it and either flush it, compost it or throw it away. All you're left with is a wet diaper and you just toss that in your diaper pail. This is a really great solution for when you're away from home.

Here's a link for the kind of liners I use.

Here's a simple video that explains what to do with poo.

Lorin - posted on 04/29/2010




i'm more of a "let it pile up then deal with it" launderer. we keep two buckets under the changing table: poop and pee. if it's just wet, it goes in the pee bucket and will be put straight into the washer after 2-3 days of diapers pile up. if it's poopy it goes in the poop bucket. no dunking, scraping, or other treatment.

on laundry day, the poop bucket goes under the faucet in the sink and i put on the rubber cleaning gloves. i use one of our cloth wipes (old washcloths, cut up towels, etc.) to rub poop off while the faucet runs into the bucket. i continue rubbing under the running water until the bucket's full, then turn off the water and do the rubbing in the bucket water. that way the water doesn't run the whole time, and the diapers at the bottom of the bucket that have been there a while can soak until i get to them. it works great, doesn't take long, and is actually sort of therapeutic. it also doesn't waste water or use wasteful/costly liners. yeah we have a few stains but they're DIAPERS!

good luck with whatever you choose to do!

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Majaliwa - posted on 05/01/2010




You have a few options.

1. change him in the bathroom so you have easy access to the toilet.

2. change him on the changing table and keep the dirty liner in the diaper until the change is done - then when you're done and baby is off the table, you can toss the liner in the toilet and the diaper in the diaper pail.

3. have a small waste basket next to the changing table that you toss the poopy liner in

Krystle - posted on 05/01/2010




I am in the same position right now! So to ask my own question on top of this: I plan to use the disposable liners. My question, do you change the baby in the bathroom so you have easy access to the toilet now?

I was changing him in his room, and I just bent over put the dirty diaper in the diaper bag while he was on the change table. But now I don't know what to do with to poopy liner while I'm changing him! lol Suggestions?

Jessica - posted on 04/30/2010




I use flushable liners from Babys-r-us. So When i change him i peel the liner off and it goes into the trash, if he pooped past the liner i rinse it in the laundry room sink (its just a little on the sides usually it all stays on the liner) then all the dipers go in a bucket of water until i have enough for a load. Then i line dry 'em

Stefie - posted on 04/30/2010




I use a diaper sprayer since we started cloth diapering. (if your shower is close to the toilet you can use a removable shower head, they even sell at Home Depot a sprayer you hook into your shower head so you have a different head for diapers than showering!)
I use cloth wipes, so I always line those around the toilet and spray them off. Then I take out the inserts and line those around the toilet and spray off. Finally I spray down the actual diaper.
We keep all wet/dirty diapers in a trash can with lid with a PUL liner.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/29/2010




I use flushable diaper liners. They're great! You just plop the liner with the poop into the toilet and flush. If he only pees in them, I wash them with the diapers and line dry. The kind I get are Imse-Vimse. I think the baby size are 200 for $11. Good Luck:)

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If I were bleaching diapers, then I would dunk, but I don't... so... Although my 7 yr old reported to me in re: my dad frequently babysits 'That's not how papa does it- he puts it in the toilet.' Which now explains the look from dad when I said 'just leave it in the sink after you rinse it.' But no one's gotten seriously ill or had any mysterious rashes. I don't mind touching my baby's poop, but knowing what that all the rest of us go in the toilet really makes me not want to put my hands or my baby's diaper in there.
A friend told me 'You have to have a sprayer!' Another, more frugal mom said 'No you don't. Use an old plastic spatula.'
I sometimes use the flushable liners on go (and if they don't get pooped on, then I wash them by hand and reuse them til they do or fall apart). But when I don't- I shake off what will fall off on it's own, then use an old plastic spatula (the poop scooper) and scrape off as much as I can.
Then I rinse the rest of it out in the sink, wring it out, and put it in the pail. Then I wipe down the sink. (Another pro to this method is you aren't bent over the toilet for as long :-) And sometimes, there isn't any rinsing needed at all.

Majaliwa - posted on 04/28/2010




I never found a way to dunk and swish without getting my hands in poo. Can you take pictures of your method?

Jacqui - posted on 04/28/2010




I don't have a diaper sprayer. Sounds like a nice convenience, but I don't think it's particularly necessary. When I used to read about "swishing" I always imagined getting your hand in the poopy water--YUCK! Of course it's not actually like that (or not what I do anyway!). I just flip the diaper poop-side down into the toilet, holding onto the two ends, and dunk-dunk-dunk. Easy peasy. If the poo was particularly stuck on the diaper, then you do have to dunk enough that the diaper is dripping wet--so just fold it over itself with the poop on the inside, obviously, and squeeze the clean side with your hand just enough to get it from the toilet to the bin without any drips. I promise I'm washing my hands after strictly for good measure--no poop or brown water ever gets onto them! Always works great for me! When I first started cloth I thought I would want to get a sprayer, but now I don't think it's really worth it. Using the "dunk" method is practically as easy and not any more gross.

Cecilia - posted on 04/28/2010




I bought a new diaper sprayer on e-bay for $19 (including shipping). It was worth every penny!

Jennifer - posted on 04/28/2010




Hi Jaclyn, boy does the poop change! lol My Miles started solids within the past few months and the change was insane. (He was exclusively breastfed to that point.) We have a minishower sprayer attachment on our toilet that I use to rinse the poo from the diaper before throwing it into the wetbag. Oftentimes the poo will just fall right off the diaper and I just give it a quick spray before tossing it. I'm thinking about making some fleece liners to make it even easier, but I haven't gotten to it yet. (: Good luck!

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We had to get a diaper sprayer. It hooks up to the toilet right on the side.. I don't think we would have made it a year with cloth diapers without that sprayer.. It sprays the poo right into the toilet.. clothdiapers.com has them.. good luck..

Erin - posted on 04/28/2010




I plan to get a diaper sprayer soon (I'm in the same situation) but if her poop is too chunky I'm doing the dunk/swish in the toilet right now. After that, I put the diaper into the wetbag and proceed as usual.

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