We are three years into cloth diapering. August is potty trained during the day, but he still wears a diaper overnight. We started when he was a baby, and bought a stash of Bum Genius 4.0 diapers. I love them, because they look and work like regular diapers, so there wasn’t much of a learning curve. And they have a million snaps that allow them to grow with your child, so you don’t need several stashes of various sizes.
One of the only complaints I ever had about cloth diapering was the poop. When your kid is older and eating solid food, they mostly have solid poop and you can usually just dump it into the toilet. But babies are gross and have gross wet cement poop that is a total pain to get off of cloth diapers.
We tried to remedy this with flushable liners when August was a baby. These are thin pieces of soft paper that you lay in the diaper, and then when your kid poops you can just toss the liner in the toilet with all the gross and flush it and you’re golden. But our experience was that the liners would keep moisture from wicking away from his skin, and he was always red from sitting in pee.
So with Halligan, we decided to buy a diaper sprayer. It’s a little spray nozzle that hooks up to your toilet and lets you spray the poop off the diaper. Aside from accidentally spraying my ceiling the first time around, I’ve really liked it. My only reservation about using one was that to get the poop off the diapers, you need a pretty fair amount of water pressure. And that would result in water spraying off the diaper, and coating my bathroom in a fine poop-water mist.
Now that you’ve all cleaned up your vomit, I will let you know that I found a solution, and you don’t have to avoid my house because of a filthy bathroom. Avoid it because of my filthy everything else. But if you want to avoid a poop-coating in your bathroom, I would suggest purchasing a spray shield.
The Diaper Diamond was an easy tool to use to keep everything clean while spraying my diapers. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store. You just pop the corners of your diaper into the tabs, button it shut, hold it over your toilet, and power wash that motherbucket. For cleanup, I spray it with an all-purpose cleaner and give it a rinse, and I keep disinfecting wipes on hand in case I need them. Popping a Command hook on the back of your toilet gives you an easy place to store it out of sight.
If you’re thinking of using cloth, I would go for it. If you’re already using cloth, I highly recommend a sprayer. If you’re already using a sprayer, I suggest getting a spray shield to avoid installing an eye-wash station. And lucky you, Diaper Diamond is offering my readers 15% off with coupon code NOPURPLEWALLS15 at checkout. Visit their website at www.diaperdiamond.com.
Are you considering trying cloth diapering? Feel free to ask if you have any questions. I know surprisingly little about many things, but I’ve got the poop-rags down pat.
*Full disclosure, Diaper Diamond gave me one of their diaper spray shields to test out and review. I was not paid for the review. All words and opinions are my own.