Thursday, October 22, 2009

Everybody Poops. Tell it like it is: The cloth diaper edition

Let me tell you a story. One about a sweet baby. A baby who is exclusively breastfed. A baby whose poo doesn't smell at all for at least three months. Even after that, it doesn't smell too bad. The baby whose cloth diapers go directly into the pail with no additional work or worry.

Then the baby gets older. The baby gets hungrier. Mostly for whatever mom and dad are eating, but baby settles for avocado, oatmeal, bananas, sweet potatoes, etc... It's a good life for baby. Then baby stops pooping for SIX days. Then baby does not stop pooping. This is not the poo of yesteryear. This is gross. It sticks like peanut butter to the diapers. It requires maintenance. It makes you want to gag with the smell.

You have options.
1) Buy a $45 diaper sprayer. A glorified kitchen sprayer that hooks to your toilet.
2) DIY a diaper sprayer. They claim you can do it for $20, but I know that by the time we finished it'd cost us about 10 hours and approximately $44.50.
3) Dunk and swish. That's right. In the toilet. With nasty pb-make-me-gag poop.

So far, we - let's be honest - I have been doing number 3. Please say we will graduate from this stage quickly.

Just telling it like it is. We won't stop CDing because of poo (how ridiculous - that's the whole point). But it is possible that I am going to go drop $45 on a glorified kitchen sprayer this afternoon. I have my pride, after all.

Cuteness to counteract the grossness of this post:

Joseph playing with his buddies before his butt exploded.


Cici October 22, 2009 at 6:17 PM  

I've heard that they can be really useful, but be careful not to use them on "full blast" because then they spray everywhere - requiring more cleaning! Have you considered flushable liners for a short period while he goes through this stage? FWIW - my husband saw one and said "we NEED to have this!" but I think that's just because of the whole "boys and their toys" idea...gadgets make them all crazy!

Mitzi G.!! October 23, 2009 at 8:11 AM  

What a cute face he is making....he is gearing up for it!!

shannon October 23, 2009 at 9:15 AM  

2 more fabulous cheaper options from another cding mommy -

4. flushable liners
5. a paint scraper

Cici October 23, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

Along the lines of a paint scraper, I know some people designate a rubber kitchen spatula for such purposes!

Jamie November 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

Love the spatula comments!! I have been secretly reading your blog for sometime now and following your cloth diaper journey.

Just to let you know, I am going to be hosting a cloth diaper giveaway extravaganza starting Dec. 7th where some great products are going to be up to win!! I would love for you to come and check it out!

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