It is amazing how much your life revolves around poop once you have a baby. Potty talk changes from four letter words to the constant discussion of the ins and outs of your little one’s potty habits. How many times has she gone today? How much? What color? What texture? The discussion could go on and on. For those mamas out there that use disposable diapers, poop is definitely on the mind, but the thought of it ends when the paper hits the trash, so to speak. For those of us with little ones in cloth diapers, the poop doesn’t stop there.
When my daughter was born and we struggled to figure out breastfeeding by counting wet and soiled diapers, the discussion about poop was pretty constant. The poop was yellow, grainy, runny and in every. Single. Diaper. We called it mustard poop. What do you do with it? Did we throw our diapers in the washer, poop and all, like many of my non-cloth diapering friends assumed? Well, no. We invested in a diaper sprayer and I religiously sprayed out each diaper after it was filled with the mustard poop. I would then run a pre-wash on the diapers with no detergent and then I would run a regular cycle with extra water and an extra rinse with my Soap Nuts or Rockin’ Green. Most of the diapers would be back to their original crisp clean white, but some would, inevitably, be stained by the mustard poop. I hung the diapers out in the sun to dry and voila! The sun always bleached out those nasty little stains.
Fast-forward a few months and all of a sudden our baby girl stopped pooping every five minutes and starting pooping once every other day. Just like clockwork. Since we knew exactly when she would poop, we put a CuteyBaby flushable liner in the diaper. When the little one pooped, we simply flushed the liner and all the poop down the toilet. No diaper sprayer or sun bleaching needed.
Once we started solid foods, our little darling started pooping around the clock again, but this time it was in mass quantities and looked more or less like big people poop. Jeez. I can’t even count the number of times I have wondered how this baby can poop so much more than she eats! We are putting in the CuteyBaby liners to catch the poop and it more or less does the trick. Every once in a while the hubs will forget to put a liner in or the poop is just too much for the liner. That’s why I am still so glad I have my bumGenius diaper sprayer. All we have to do is spray the diaper and throw it in the diaper pail. They don’t even stain anymore!
I guess our next step in the evolution of poop will be potty training. Too bad we can’t keep their sweet bums in fluff forever!
Bio: I’m a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, multi-crafting, dress sewing, bow-tying mama of my sweet baby girl Catie Grace who was born 11/1/10. Oh yes, I do have a name and an occupation- I’m Jananna Cornett from Chattanooga, TN and I just finished my Master’s in Elementary Education and will be a first time teacher in the fall.