Cloth Diapers 101 - What do I do with the Poop?

Today we're going to talk about the big question when it comes to cloth diapering:

"What do I do with all the poop?"

The short answer is: you put it in the toilet. 
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Ok, but in all seriousness, there are a couple of extra little steps you have to take before just throwing those messy diapers into your washing machine, but truly it really is that simple.

Watch our full step-by-step video on our YouTube channel.

Here is my simple step-by-step guide for dealing with poopy cloth diapers:

  1. RUBBER GLOVES!  Get them. Use them. Wash them when you're done. Have back ups just in case…. I think you can see where I’m going with this one.

  2. Remove your insert and rinse it in your toilet.  Ring out excess water and put it in your diaper bin / drybag for later.

  3. Knock off any excess poo into the toilet.  

  4. Use the “dunk and swish” method OR use your diaper spray attachment to get as much of the remaining poop off as you can.

  5. Ring out excess water and then put the pocket shell into your diaper bin / wetbag until it’s time to do your diaper laundry.

That’s all folks! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Here are my top tips when dealing with poopy diapers:

  • Good news: if your baby is exclusively on breast milk then you can simply throw those dirty diapers straight into the washing machine! No fuss, no muss! Breastfed poops are water soluble, which means the poop will easily rinse off of your diapers and out with the dirty water.  

  • RUBBER GLOVES!!  I really can’t stress this enough!  

  • You can also purchase disposable and/or reusable liners that sit between your diaper and your baby's bottom. When it’s time to change your baby's diaper you simply lift the liner and its contents out of the diaper and knock the waste into the toilet.  You’ll most likely still get some mess in the diaper, but it will be a lot less.

    PRO TIP: some disposable liners will say that they are “flushable” - they are not.  In the same way that you shouldn’t be flushing wet wipes and tampons, you shouldn’t be flushing diaper liners either.  It’s up to you at the end of the day.

  • When it all seems a bit much remember that you’re supposed to be removing the poop from disposable diapers as well! (It’s right there on the box - no word of a lie!)

And as always, please remember…

You’ve got this, momma!