Whenever you start to think about cloth diapering you probably will start searching online and fall in love with all the cute prints, or the cute babies in the cute prints. These same cute babies never have a spot of dirt on them or a hair out-of-place. You get the warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach and can be insanely optimistic. Those advertisements can make you feel that you, too, can be the perfect mommy cloth diaperer. You move from optimism to exuberant excitement. You can’t wait to cloth diaper! You want the diapers and the baby here now!
Then a thought starts to creep into your consciousness. It might have been there before but chances are you just skipped over it for the moment. Now it is in the front and center as family, friends, your spouse etc tell you that you are crazy. The doubt gets bigger as you ponder this question.
What to do with the poop? The dreaded poop? The one thing that makes most parents considering cloth stop dead in their tracks. I know this is one of the number one questions parents hesitate on. How do I know? Well the other day I was giving a cloth diaper demonstration and I got through all the cool products and fun prints and a mom finally said, “This is all fine and wonderful but what do you do with the poop?.
Since I now fully appreciate the power behind this question, I will start all of my demonstrations with this question. Plus talking about feces will really break the ice. Since I have been practicing Elimination Communication (see earlier posts), I smugly thought I wouldn’t have the answers for parents worried about poop. See my baby poops on the potty and that isn’t an issue for us anymore.
Well once I started feeding her food her poop consistency changed, she also started teething, rolling over and trying to crawl at the same time. So we entered into a dreaded potty strike and I was left to figure out what to do with the peanut butter poop that was now all over her cloth diapers.
See when a baby is exclusively breastfed, poop is water soluble and can just be thrown into the diaper pail and into the wash without rinsing or anything else. Once solids are introduced, solid particles have to be removed before the diaper can be washed. Once solid food is introduced but milk is still the prime source of nutrients, poop becomes thicker and the consistency of peanut butter. This can create a bit of a challenge with cloth diapers if you are not prepared. Since I was practicing Elimination Communication, I was not prepared. My first round of cleanup literally involved a spatula (now named the pootula) and the sink. I also believe that there might have been some in my hair since I was then an unskilled pootula user! Since most people do not want to be this involved there are other great options.
You could install a diaper sprayer to the back of your toilet, like the Bum Genius Diaper Sprayer. Then you would just spray the poop off in the toilet and throw the diaper in the pail. This makes poo cleanup very easy.
Another option would be the Bummis Flushable Liners. They are very thin and lay inside of the diaper. When your child poop you just lift out the liner and flush it away. The liners are biodegradable and will break down in an average of 8 days in a sewage treatment facility and 20 days in a private septic.
So if you are worried about the poop and don’t want to grab a spatula and scrape poop off, then these might be wonderful options for you. These will make poop less intimidating. However, I have found that after time a mom can deal with a poopy diaper and then sit back down to finish the meal that was just interrupted without even hesitating.