I exclusively breast fed my son (and still do breast-feed) until 5 months. He is a big boy and we are wondering how much he will weigh in at his 6 month well-child check up next week. I'll let you know next week!
Around 5 months we started him on Earth's Best Organic Rice Cereal. Our little guy couldn't tolerate it! He went from doing a "bm" (bowel movement) every diaper change to not going for 3 days. He also was extremely fussy shortly after the feeding so we decide to discontinue the cereal all together.
So a couple of more weeks pass and I decide one day that I am going to feed him sweet potatoes. My little guy is in love. By the second day he is eating 2 jars at a sitting . By day 3 the BIG "bm" came. I mean BIG, HUGE! Not to be descriptive but after-all we are talking about cloth diapers here- filled the entire diaper. Luckily- not blow-outs! Hurray.
I clean Riley up with a Thirsties Fab Wipe. Believe it or not I only used one. I proceed to put the diaper and wipe in the hanging diaper pail liner.
Wash day- I am used to just putting his diapers into the washing machine as is because his "bm's" aren't formed. Well, we have this one bumGenius diaper with a sweet potato "bm". Now what to do? I remember my hubby still hasn't installed the diaper sprayer yet. (I think I will remind him this weekend to do that...hee hee.) I quickly take the diaper over to the toilet and amazingly the "bm" falls right off the suede cloth of the diaper. Phew!
The point of this post is that once your baby starts solids there are a couple of options to make cleaning up easier. You can use a biodegradable flushable liner like the Bummis Bio-soft liners. You just lay the soft paper sheet on the top of the diaper and it works like a poop catcher. Once you change baby just take the sheet and flush away.
The next option is to use a simple diaper sprayer device that you can hook to your toilet. The sprayer eliminates that nightmare you hear your own parents talk about "dunking the dirty diapers in the toilet routine". (We don't recommend that.) The sprayer attaches to the toilet and you just spray the solids off the diaper into the toilet. (The sprayer also works nicely as a personal hygiene sprayer.)
If you travel the flushable liners are convenient. We recommend using the diaper sprayer at home as you only make the purchase once and don't need to purchase the flushable liners for use at home if you have the diaper sprayer.