Poopy Cloth Diapers Solutions: Avoiding the Toilet Dunk

The concept of cloth diapers is glorious and hip, until you start thinking of solid waste. Many people can’t make it past the mental hurdle of the toilet dunk and give up on cloth before they ever start.

Here’s a shocking revelation: did you know that ALL poo-laden diapers, even disposables are supposed to be dunked in water? There is actually a written note on every box of disposables recommending that solid waste be rinsed off before disposal. After all, who wants human waste to be sitting in a landfill? (Even greener disposables like Seventh Generation recommend a toilet dunk with solid waste.)
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Pimp Your Diapers! Cloth Diaper Accessories

Pins? Snappis? A wipe warmer?!

You can definitely cloth diaper without any “extras,” but some parents find cloth diapering much more pleasant with a little help. My sister-in-law, for example, couldn’t live without flushable diaper liners. They eliminate the mess from dirty diapers, making it unnecessary to ever dunk-and-swish a diaper in the toilet. And in this post, we learned why some prefold enthusiasts prefer to use Snappis and diaper pins instead of the lazier method we endorse (which I now know is the “newspaper fold”).

So did I indulge in any cloth diaper bling? Well, we reviewed Monkey Foot Designs wet bags near the end of my diapering days, and I have to say I found my patterned bag much more beautiful than the Zip-loc I’d been using to tote wet diapers around in. While it’s definitely not necessary to the cloth diaper experience, it was a nice perk.
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Friday Question: Do Flushable Diaper Liners Really Work?

flushable diaper linersIt’s official.  Our daughter has started solids and consequently has entered the “gross poops” stage of cloth diapering.  We dunk and rinse in the toilet, but as much as we love cloth diapering, this phase isn’t exactly delightful.

Liners are available so that solid waste and the thin layer of paper can simply be dumped into the toilet and flushed away.  Imse Vimse, Biosoft, Real Nappies, and Kushies all offer flushable liners.  Have you used them and had good results?

Believe it or not, when your baby is just wet instead of poopy, the flushable liners can be laundered and reused which means that just one pack can last for quite awhile.  Have you found flushable diaper liners to be worth the expense? Do they prevent toilet dunking?