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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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  • Okay. There is a whole technique to getting the poop off without a sprayer. It involves folding the diaper backward on itself (inside out essentially) and holding it by the top edges and dunking the messy part into the toilet water. Usually most of it will come off just from multiple quick dunks, but I often find if I flush the toilet and let the diaper sit in the flow of the flushing toilet the suction from the toilet flushing will pull most of the solid waste off the diaper. You have to be sure you have a good grip on the diaper though because the diaper can get sucked down the toilet. I learned this technique when my sister was a baby 30 years ago and have always used it with my babies. That being said, I am considering a diaper sprayer, mostly because I live in an apartment building and the shared washing machines aren’t very good, so I find myself prerinsing diapers in the bathtub and it would be nice to do that in the toilet instead.

    Devyn on
  • I do not use one right now ds its only 3.5 months old, I plan on getting one once he starts solids.

    Katie on
  • I don’t use a sprayer. I dunk and dunk until it is gone. I wear a glove for the really bad ones to dunk and squeeze until it is completely clean. I never notice a smell and I use a wool wet bag.

    Karen on
  • we don’t have one. we use liners and it works well for us.

    susanne wedel on
  • we definitely do! We love our sprayer! We sometimes use fleece liners too, but sprayers are handy for so much more than just diapers. When DH is working in the garden or outside and is gross and doesn’t want mud/dirt in the sink, I just spray his hands/arms off before he washes :) That aside, it’s great for cleaning the toilet, and… of course, the diapers!

    christine kangas on

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