Do You Use a Cloth Diaper Sprayer?


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So there I was changing the stinkiest, stickiest (yes, stickiest) post-chili poopy diaper ever. Cooper, as usual was attempting the alligator death roll. I somehow managed to fold the diaper quickly enough so that he didn't get an ankle or worse, a whole leg covered. I wiped him clean and then put his diaper on while he stood up. I never thought I'd be so good at putting a Duo Fab Fitted and cover on a standing baby. But I've had to adapt. But of course, as is the case with cloth diapers, I still had one more task to do...I had to get the poo off of the diaper and into the toilet. This was no "log" and the old "flick, roll, plop," routine was not going to work. This was going to involve some "peeling, plucking and wiping." While I was dumping the diaper, I suddenly thought of diaper sprayers and how handy one would have come in right then. In case you've never heard of them, diaper sprayers are little hoses with high-power spray nozzles that attach to your toilet pump. They pump clean water from your pipes, through the hose and can be used to spray the solid waste off of cloth diapers and into the toilet--the same job I do with a piece of toilet paper. Apparently, they are quite easy to install and work really well. But then, I wonder, how do you carry the dripping diaper back to your diaper pail? Do the wet diapers smell more or less than dry? These are things I don't know the answers to because I don't have a diaper sprayer. Cooper is my third and final baby and he's already 15 months old. We will not be investing in a diaper sprayer at this point, though I really like the idea and by some of the reviews I've read, some parents swear by them. If you use a diaper sprayer, tell us about it. Was it easy to install? What do you do with the wet diapers--do you leave your diaper pail in the bathroom? Would you recommend a sprayer to your friends considering cloth-diapering their babies?
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  • I love our sprayer! But I am still figuring out the best way to spray Thirsties NAIOs. Would love to hear how others do it!

    Ellen Edgar on
  • I have a question, (not sure if it has already been asked) will a Diaper sprayer still work if the power goes out?

    Kathy on
  • Yes, diaper sprayers rely on the water pressure. They’ll work when there’s no power.

    One thing I would stress to anyone considering a sprayer is that you make sure it’s a good, well-made one with a shutoff valve! With our first kiddo, I made a DIY one. It worked great, but we got out of the habit of shutting off the valve, and eventually the hose part popped off and leaked all over the floor, requiring a $500 drywall job on the ceiling below. Don’t cheap out – get one that’s well built.

    Drew on
  • Just beginning. But I have walk in shower with nice handheld and good water pressure across from toilet. I was thinking of getting a nice square bucket and strong plastic clip. Dumping the solids in toilet and then using bucket and clip as makeshift diaper sprayer. We are using a service for the first month, but for what I understand you don’t need to wash out breaststroke milk stool. It can go directly into washer. You don’t need to spray off until infant is on solids. Anyone tried using the handheld shower for the sprayer? It seems like it would work pretty well?

    Maura on
  • Don’t have one yet, my daughter is only 6 weeks. Will be getting one when she starts solids!

    Shannon on

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