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The #1 question I am typically asked about cloth diapering is, "What do you do with the poop?" My answer is, "It goes in the toilet, where poop is supposed to go," followed by a giddy explanation of my beloved diaper sprayer. If you have never tried a sprayer or have been frustrated by using one, here are some tips that have worked well for me and will hopefully work for you.

1. Put the toilet seat up. This may seem pretty intuitive, but several times I have been in too much of a hurry to bother and ended up with not only a wet seat but a wet floor. Take the time to put it up. Trust me.

2. Shake out what you can first. Remove inserts as desired or needed. I rinse my inserts separately, but I know many people don't. Drape or hold the diaper over the side of the seat with as much diaper in the bowl as possible, dirtier side pointing down.


3. Position your sprayer about an inch from the diaper, aiming the flow downward at an angle, not pointed directly at the diaper. This way, debris will naturally fall downwards towards the bowl instead of fly everywhere around over your bathroom.


4. Control the flow. Just because the water can come out of the sprayer at Mach 3 does not mean it should. A steady, strong flow, hold the super high pressure, will suffice to remove most of the poop. We're cleaning diapers here not stripping paint. For stubborn spots, instead of increasing the flow, which can cause nasty splatter, bring the nozzle a little closer to the diaper. Be careful not to touch the sprayer directly to the diaper unless you intend to wipe it off after use. Curious little hands might touch it later, and you don't want residual diaper germs hanging around.


5. Remember, the diapers are going to be laundered sooner rather than later. They don't have to be spotless. Remove what you reasonably can, and let the washing machine do the rest. If you are uncomfortable with placing even slightly soiled diapers in your machine, I suggest flushing after completing these steps, then either repeating with some manual (read: use your hands) scrapping or switching to the dunk and swish method.

Final tips:
- With AIOs that have flaps, keep them folded for the initial spraying. After the bulk of the mess has been removed, unfold the flaps for a final rinse as needed.
- Position pocket diapers that have one opening with the pocket opening down in the bowl so the diaper doesn't fill with water, or you may end up with a water balloon instead of a diaper.
- Large pre-folds may have to be held high above the bowl to prevent sloshing around in dirty water, but the same techniques apply.


Happy spraying!

Kelly is a stay at home mom of a 3 year old and 1 year old, and when she is not running around like a chicken with its head cut off, she enjoys knitting, relaxing in the hot-tub, and shopping...for cloth diapers.
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5 Steps to Successful Diaper Sprayer Use

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I love using cloth wipes more than using cloth diapers. Compared to their disposable counterparts, they just do the job so much better. One good cloth wipe (Thirsties fab wipes are our favorites) can do the job of over a dozen disposables when faced with one of my daughter’s mega-poos.

There are challenges with cloth wipes however, and they come in two forms; preparation and storage. I’ve found three inexpensive solutions to both of them. (Prices are from Amazon.com, but I paid less for all three at my local mega-mart)

1) Rubbermaid Servin Saver Mixing Pitcher ($10). Cloth wipe solutions usually are some mixture of oil, soap and water. When made ahead of time they will separate faster than your favorite salad dressing. To counteract this you can prepare a batch of solution in this handy pitcher (it even has measurements on the side!) then just pump the handle a few times before pouring it over the day’s supply of wipes. I hear this also works well for Sangria, but we’ll have to wait until after breastfeeding to find out…

2) Oxo Good Grips POP storage container, 1 qt ($14). This has an internal rubber gasket that creates an airtight seal and keeps your wipes fresh. With the push of one hand (the other one being on your baby of course) you can open your container and retrieve a wipe. We have a $30 wipes warmer in the closet that never was used. This is smaller, cheaper, easier to clean and doesn’t spill when knocked over in the middle of the night. The clear container not only gives you a great view of your cute wipes, it’s easy to tell when you need more J

3) Tea Tree Oil ($15 for 2 oz). Admittedly, this seems expensive for such a little bottle, but it will L A S T. Not only is this great for baby’s skin, adding one drop per cup of wipe solution will it fresh for up to a week. No more mustiness!

Wipe solution recipes abound on the web, find one and make it your favorite. Better yet, Kelly’s Closet sells plenty of wipe solutions that are ready to go with minimal preparation. We make up a quart of solution twice a week and store it in the fridge. Once a day I just pour the solution over some dry wipes, and we’re good to go!

Melissa Lindsey is on a short hiatus from her nursing career while she cares for her infant daughter and moves across the country. In the short space between Evelyn's bedtime and her own, she enjoys reading, knitting and hanging out with her fabulous husband.
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Three Things Make Cloth Wipes Easy!

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Even as I packed up a wet/dry bag with newborn all-in-one diapers, prefolds, covers, and Snappis, family and friends warned us that we could run into obstacles trying to cloth diaper our newborn during our postpartum hospital stay. Cloth might be banned or discouraged because:

• You can’t take ‘biomedical waste’ with you.
At our hospital, this was not a rule. You are free to dispose of baby poop as you please. Our son’s poop, even the other-worldly meconium, caused harm to no one.

• Nurses need to count your babies’ diapers.
It was actually our responsibility to keep a “poop and pee count” and is possible without counting ‘sposies as you chuck them. Our son had issues with urination and did not pee for his first 18 hours. It was difficult to tell if the wetness in his diapers was from pee or perspiration and nurses were interested in us using disposables that changed color with pH to detect urine. We had brought biodegradable liners that clearly showed when our son had peed so it was fine for us to stick with cloth even with elimination concerns.

Cloth diapers are just too different from the nurses’ and technicians’ routines.

Although cloth diapers were not familiar to the hospital staff we worked with, they were interested in learning about them and let us do our own thing. No pressure at all to follow the usual disposable diaper protocol.

Now that we have successfully cloth diapered in the hospital (nothing but cloth since diaper #1!) I feel confident in sharing how we made it work. This was our experience and your hospital may have different policies.

• Ask about how cloth diapering will be received when you take a hospital tour. If you meet resistance, try to find out why cloth isn’t accepted and see if you can’t change some minds.

• Include your cloth aspirations in your birth plan. Make sure the hospital has a copy ahead of time and bring in one page, laminated copies to show to each shift nurse with cloth diapering as a bullet point.

• Post a laminated sign on your baby’s bassinette (even if you plan to room-in or not keep the baby in it) that reads “No Disposable Diapers, Please” just in a case a well-meaning nurse wants to change a diaper for you. Most likely, however, the changes will be up to you!

• Don’t let meconium scare you aware from cloth! Even with liners, our diapers inevitable became soiled but it washed off easily. We used cloth wipes that did away with thick, tarry meconium after running them under the bathroom faucet.

There is no need to wait until you are in your home to cloth diaper, begin at the hospital and keep your baby’s bottom cute and eco-friendly from the start!

Julia Becker is a new mom to 10 week old Leodin.
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Hospital Cloth Diapering- Different, Not Difficult

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Every wonder what is in everyone else's diaper bag? I know I have! Every time I see someone carrying a diaper bag, I find myself wondering what's inside. I know with using cloth it seems like you have to have everything with you. Or you have to have a huge bag to hold it all. Well after having several bags, I found the perfect one. My diaper bag is nothing more than your average tote. I paid $15 for it and it is awesome. It holds all my fluff without problem. The inside is wipeable! No more messes to clean for me.

Now that I have my ultimate diaper bag, it is time to pack it up and put it in the car. What will I put in this diaper bag, you ask? Well here is a break down of the things I use in my diaper bag.

-2 Flip covers with microfiber inserts
-2 Thirsties DUO AIO's
-4 WAHM Cloth wipes
-2 extra sleepers
-2 sample size jars of CJ's BUTTer
-1 Spray bottle of my home made wipe solution
-1 package of Flips disposable inserts
-6 Bummis flushable liners
-1 Small Bummis wet bag.

When on the go we try to keep things simple. We also like to keep our bag stocked so we don't have to pack it every time we leave the house.

The Flips are a great diaper with multiply options for inserts. We use our microfiber inserts in them but always have the disposable inserts on hand. That way we don't have to worry about not having enough diapers.

The Thirsties are another great option for us. They are all one piece and are smaller than most of our pockets. They save some room in the diaper bag for other goodness. No stuffing to add or remove. We just add one of our flushable liners to them to make cleaning a dirty diaper that much easier.


We never go anywhere without our CJ's BUTTer. That stuff works for everything. From cuts and scrapes to diaper rash, it has us covered. Our 2 sample jars fit perfectly in a tiny pouch attached to our bag's handle.

Our wipes are WAHM made and are amazing. It only takes one wipe to clean even the biggest blow out. They are flannel backed with terry cloth and OBV.


We keep 2 extra sleepers in our bag. Plenty in case of a blow out or messy baby. Since they are one piece changing him is a breeze.

Finally, you can't forget about our Bummis wet bag. This thing is awesome. It attaches right to the bag's handle. It holds up to 3 of our dirty diapers. We never have an issue with storing our dirty diapers!


Yes we keep our bag well stocked with everything we need. We never run out of anything. It is plain and simple but we love our diaper bag system and it leaves little room for clutter.
I showed you mine. Now what does your diaper bag look like?

By Lisa K.
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Diaper Bag, Diaper Bag, I Can't Stuff No More

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In our family my husband has always been the constant cloth diaper advocate. Soon after we found out we were pregnant he was doing his research on brands, calculating how much we could save, and excited on how we would be doing a small part to reduce our carbon footprint. I, on the other hand, was not so easily convinced that this was the best route for our family and really took my time considering the idea up right until our son was around three months old. At the time I didn't really know anyone who was cloth diapering and although the internet is a great resource there is nothing compared to experiencing real life so we jumped right in. Sort of, I made my first purchase of a few cloth diapers to try, with one in particular that I knew I was really going to like - Grovia's Hybrid cloth system.

I really see Grovia's Hybrid System as a modern take on the pre-fold/cover combination. This particular hybrid system consists of a soaker pad that you are able to snap into the one size fits all cover. Grovia covers are all in ones meaning that they will fit from tiny baby to toddler. They also have the cute factor which include patterns and colors along with soaker options such as organic cotton, stay dry, and bio soakers. With all this diversity in ONE diapering system makes it a clear front runner choice for cloth diapering families. I personally love having the choice of using organic cotton against my son's skin because the chemicals such as chlorine that is put into disposables is one of my top reasons for wanting to cloth diaper in the first place.

Diaper changes are made easy with Grovia because instead of having to launder the whole diaper, you easily un-snap the soaker and exchange it with a clean one. You can continue to re-use the cover as many times as possible before it becomes soiled then tossing it as well into the laundry. My personal experience would you need between 2-4 covers a day, and as many soaker pads as changes. This makes the hybrid a very cost efficient option along being extremely economical. I'd say it cuts our diaper laundry in half even which is always a bonus with a baby! (Who am I kidding, less laundry is always better.)

I also love how super convenient hybrids are for daily outings and other longer travel excursions. Grovia's soaker pads are no bigger then a disposable diaper. This makes packing them a breeze. In my particular situation we ride the bus a lot and with the thinness of these liners I don't have to worry about not having enough diapers packed for changes. Instead I can easily fit six soaker pads and a cover or two into my diaper bag. That's the convenience of disposables without the chemicals, a fantastic pro for this mommy. Grovia also has a disposable liner, they are called bio soakers. Bio-soakers are biodegradable, giving you the option of flushing, composting, or simply just throwing it into the garbage. This option is for the times where a washer isn't easily accessible, like a tropical vacation, or a long road trip. I'm excited to try these out on our family cruise this spring.

Last but not least, I must rave about the fit of these diapers. It seems a bit selfish to admit out loud but one of my major cons for NOT wanting to use cloth diapers was the bulkiness some brands are. In fact I think that for a lot of families this is one of the bigger issues with cloth diapering whether its admitted or not. In our case my son's health and well being is more important then something cosmetic but with this method I can have my cake and eat it too. The trimness of these diapers fits with every outfit and none of his movements are restricted. Jaxton is also a mover so if the hybrid diaper can withstand my little man's crawling, rolling, and climbing they are tried and tested for every baby out there!

Hybrid diapers are a great option for getting your feet wet in the cloth diapering world with their convenience, cost efficient, trim ways. Grovia's system make changes as easy as disposables. I wouldn't have our cloth diapering journey any other way.

Bio: Justine is a SAHM to 9 month old Jaxton. Along with being a mom, Justine enjoys many mommy hood hobbies which include cloth diapering, taking pictures of her baby, and blogging at mrsmomma-mrsmomma.blogspot.com.
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