Lets talk about Poo.. & Cloth Nappies!
Posted on 01 May 2015
When discussing the ins and outs of using Modern Cloth Nappies, this topic is always the first to come up. What about the Poo? Its really not as bad as everyone first thinks, and is really simple. By then end of this post, you'll feel a whole lot better about dealing with poo and Modern Cloth Nappies!
Newborn Baby Poo
A breastfed newborn baby has water soluble poo. Water soluble poo means you don’t have to do a single thing to the cloth nappy before putting it in the nappy pail. Really. Nothing at all! It’s so easy. And another plus is that breastfed poop smells even a little bit sweet – bitter sweet, but it’s not stinky. Have a formula fed baby? You still don’t have to do anything! Unless it’s pasty, you can just throw it in your diaper pail too. I tell all our mamas and papas that using cloth nappies on a newborn is the easiest time to do so, and that’s because you don’t have to do anything at all with the poo. Now, if you’re grossed out by that, you can choose to remove the poo with a nappy sprayer, or using a flush-liner, but we’ll talk more about those in a bit.
Now your baby has started solids and the newborn baby poo is going away and instead you’re getting more solid poo whether it’s pasty or more solid, but it’s no longer new baby running, mustardy poo.
There are various options for you that will keep using cloth nappies easy for you.
1. Nappy sprayer - These are basically a mini shower that hook to the back of your toilet (assembly required). Take the soiled nappy and hold it over the toilet as you spray the poo off. Then place the cloth nappy in your nappy pail. Done!
2. Mess-Free Flush Liners – These are a soft, paper-like liner and can be flushed in the toilet. We love EcoNaps Mess-Free Bamboo Flush Liners, which come in a roll of 100 and are perforated. Take a sheet, put it on the nappy and then when it’s soiled remove it and flush it down the toilet along with the poo that is on it. For the most part, even with my 2 year old, the poop is mostly on the liner and the cloth nappy will have a trace of poop having been there but no smooshed poo on the actual nappy.
3. Shake it off - Hold the cloth nappy over the toilet and shake off the poo. Some parents will use a spatula and scrape off the poop as well and then clean the spatula for the next time.
In the Cloth Nappy Pail – what’s next?
Now you have your dirty cloth nappies in the nappy pail and it’s time to wash your nappies. First, let’s answer what you’re probably wondering – doesn’t the whole house smell of dirty nappies? Short answer is no. Long answer actually is…no. The cloth nappies are contained in the lidded nappy pail or hanging wet bag and the smell is contained as well. Sometimes when it’s time to wash your cloth nappies you’ll get a smell when you walk by the nappy pail but your house and not even your room should smell like dirty nappies. So, back to washing…
There are various different washing routines for Cloth Nappies, but heres what we find works best for us, and what we recommend for our nappies.
1. Empty the cloth nappies into the washing machine – unfolding any that are folded and making sure that they aren’t balled up. Pull (or at least half pull) any of the inserts out of the pockets if using pocket nappies.
2. Do a cool rinse cycle.
3. Wash using a warm wash setting and use a cloth nappy friendly detergent (any natural washing detergent is perfect).
4. Dry your cloth nappies in sunlight (not necessarily sunshine) so that the UV rays can naturally whiten the suede cloth, and remove any resistant stains.
Still worried about the idea of poo in your washing machine? Washing machines are built for dirt. They can handle cloth nappies, your dirty clothes, and much more. We wash rugs in ours, as well as comforters, and even throw in sports shoes! And our clothes come out clean each and every time. Also remember that cloth nappies are what always has been. Disposables are new. They’ve only been around since the 70’s and it took a while before they became the norm. If our mother’s washing machines handled cloth nappies, surely our 21st century machines can as well.