Poop. It happens.
Baby poop happens a lot.
It seems like everytime you turn around the little stinker has made a little stinker…or a big stinker, depending on how the nursing session went down (and out!). When we found out we were pregnant, one of the first things that we discussed was how to cut costs when it came to diapering our little dude. I must admit that when I suggested cloth diapers, my darling boyfriend was not on board. Let’s say he wasn’t 100% against the idea…but definitely not pumping fists in the air while yelling HORRAH! I think he was still adjusting to the thought of being responsible for another human. not to mention a human who produces waste. not to mention the thought of cleaning up said waste.
So after a little arm-twisting, we (as in I) ended up deciding that we would be part-time cloth diaperers. That’s right…no need to jump in with both feet. No need to commit. I mean, disposables are soo much easier to, well, dispose of. And that would come in handy on long trips & when out on the town & when doing our weekly family dinner at my mom’s house. PLUS, those little disposables were a lifesaver those first three weeks of Will’s life. I didn’t have time or energy to brush my teeth, much less spray out diapers…and it definitely didn’t help that the washer/dryer in the old house was in the basement (two flights of stairs with a baby & laundry in tow was not recommended right after my c-section). So long story short, we do the hybrid-approach when it comes to diapering our baby’s bottom.
And since I announced that we chose the one-size fits all cloth diapers, I have gotten numerous emails about how we clean them. Well folks…we break every rule in the book. Don’t send me an email after reading this telling me what an awful mom I am…or laundress….or how we are ruining the diapers or how Will’s skin will be permanently scarred…..this is what works for us and we are a-ok with it…so let me deal with my poo the way I want and you go deal with yours. How’s that for snarky Thursday! Sooo here goes.
After the little guy’s excretory system does it’s deed, we simply wrap up the diaper with itself. Yes, the poop is still inside. Then we throw the entire thing into a wetbag. You are supposed to dispose of the ‘solid’ waste right away but anyone who has an infant knows that it takes a long time to get to the ‘solid’ stage…so we just wrap and forget about it. Then we do this until we run out of cloth diapers. Yup. All of them. Usually that takes about five days. Broken rule #2. Technically you are not supposed to let a dirty diaper sit for longer than three days. But the poop ain’t going anywhere.
Then comes wash day. First we slap on some super thick gloves. Then we rinse. Each insert goes directly into the washer. The outer part gets a hosing….before it was the kitchen sink hose but now it is the utility sink in the laundry room. Before when Will was exclusively breastfed, rinsing was easy….now we have to trek back and forth to the bathroom to scrape the chunks into the toilet. I use a very technical scraper…it’s a strong stick I found in the backyard.
After the majority of poo is off, I throw all the outer parts into the washer.
We use Tide free & gentle detergent…this is obviously the wrong type because I am frantic in Kroger and picked up the non High Efficiency type. Seriously…I’m like a lunatic while grocery shopping. My deepest apologies if you were a victim in aisle four.
I like to throw a scoop of Oxi Clean into the washer for good measure.
I also add some Tide In-wash booster in our pre-wash bin.
And then I throw in some bleach for fun. Not a lot…probably about a quarter cup.
My little washer’s pull-out-detergent holder has loads of stuff in there. Every section gets something except the softener.
OH – and every third wash or so, I add white vinegar to the prewash thing instead of Tide booster. It is supposed to help cut the urine smell and help with absorbancy…or something like that.
Then comes the fun part – the button pushing. I love pushing buttons…just ask Jeremy.
We have a sanitize cycle on our washer…and yes, it takes almost three hours to complete. Crazy but effective.
I also make sure that the extra wash, extra rinse, prewash, steam and extra hot are highlighted. I think this might be overkill but remember…I am running this machine 1x. Whereas it is recommended to put the cloth diapers through three washes…so my laziness wins.
After they are complete, we throw the inserts into the dryer and the outer parts get hung to dry.
And that’s it! I know that we broke every rule in the cloth-diaper-laundering book but we have yet to have little Will break out or react to anything on the material.
Another frequent question we get is if we have absorbancy or leakage issues. The answer is yes. At night only though. We started at six months trying to not change Will’s diaper at night…it was waking him up too much and he wouldn’t go back to sleep afterward…so we switched to nighttime disposables and it helped eliminate the leaks, and allowed us to feel comforted knowing that Will’s hiney wouldn’t get diaper rash for being skin-on-wet all night long.
Probably the last question is if we have any problems with the velcro…not yet. We actually have heard stories from online forums that the velcro is not as good as the snaps and that the velcro can lose it’s velcroness. So far our’s have held up just fine. I actually am very glad that we have velcro because Will has tiny little hips and it gives us a custom fit for his toosh.
So there you have it folks – all the dirty details on how the Bower bunch breaks the rules and lives by the seat of their pants….quite literally. Hope it helps some of you if you are contemplating cloth diapering…and yes…we figure that every day that we cloth diaper we are saving about $1…so that can definitely add up! Now go forth and do your doodie! I meant duty!