I decided to start this post off with a cute picture of Little Bee on his changing table rather than a yucky picture of poo! 🙂 Don't worry there are NO yucky pictures of poo in this post. This post is to help those who are new to cloth diapering and wonder, "What to do with the poo?" I wondered the same thing when I was contemplating cloth diapering. I watched several YouTubes on the topic to find out. There are many ways to deal with poo while cloth diapering, however, I will share one way that has worked for Little Bee and me.
When I first started, I had this cute monkey bag for wet cloth diapers. Well... as cute as it is, it didn't work out very well for me because the room always smelled like pee-pee. I decided to try something different. That is when I got the diaper pail below. I found it at a local consignment shop for a lot less than I paid for the cute monkey bag! And this diaper pail works GREAT for keeping the urine smell out of the room. I highly recommend this option. We only put cloth diapers into this diaper pail. When we use disposable diapers, they go into the small trash can (below) and that gets dumped out every day into the big trash container in the garage. We put all the pee-pee cloth diapers into this diaper pail and also any poo diapers that are not too messy. We line the diaper pail with a garbage bag. One more thing that is wonderful about having the diaper pail, is that I can put a whole weeks worth of diapers into it and it doesn't smell like urine in the room. That's because I only like to wash one load of diapers once or twice a week.
When we have a really messy poo diaper, I place it in a plastic bucket to carry to the toilet. It is important to note that as the baby grows and his diet changes, the poo also changes. As a newborn the poo is yellow and seedy. That kind of poo can go straight into the washing machine. When the baby begins to eat solid foods, the poo also changes to a more solid mass. This kind of poo can be "wiggled" off the cloth diaper into the toilet by holding the corners of the diaper. You can also use plastic gloves or a thin cloth diaper liner if you so desire. I like to keep it simple and did it this way. I never touched the poo, but kept my hands on the clean side of the diaper or on the edge of the diaper. Then I would rub the dirty inside parts together until the poo plopped into the toilet.
The next step is to scrub and soak the poo diapers. I have a bucket with a handle on it for easy pouring nearby the toilet and bathtub. I hold a clean corner of the poo diaper and use the scrub brush and a little running water to scrape the remaining poo from the diaper that didn't come out in the toilet. Then I let the diapers soak for several hours or overnight. It is VERY important to take care of poo diapers right away and not leave them for later. You will be VERY sorry if you wait to clean them even a couple of hours later. The best method is to plop the poo into the toilet, scrub, and soak right away. Believe me! I learned this from experience. You don't want to go there.
After the poo diapers have soaked for a few hours, I pour the poo water out into the toilet. You can do one more rinse if you desire, or at this point everything can go into the washer. I really like this red bucket I found at Target for this purpose because it has a nice handle for holding and it also has a slot in the bottom of the bucket for a handhold. It is not fun when the bucket slips while pouring out poo water! I hold the diapers back with the scrub brush, so I never have to touch anything with my bare hands. Even when I dump this poo diaper load into the washer, I never touch the diapers. I dump them straight into the washer from the bucket. I combine all my pee-pee and poo diapers together and wash away. FYI: I bought second-hand pocket diapers and inserts so that I didn't have to worry about following all the warranty rules for new ones regarding how to properly wash the diapers. With second-hand diapers, I can wash them however I please. I use regular detergent and OxiClean on all my diaper washes and run 2-3 rinses of plain water after the first detergent washing. This method works great for me and I don't have any leaky diapers!
So that is what I do with poo! 🙂 What do you do with poo while cloth diapering? Please share your cloth diapering experiences below in the comment section. Thanks for the feedback!
You can read more about our cloth diapering journey here.