So my son is just over 5 months old and we just started solids. We skipped cereal and went straight to fruits/veggies. He is breast fed so up till now we just throw his poopy diapers in with the wet diapers and don't think twice... but now that he is eating solids, they are getting stickier instead of being the runny BM poo. So my question is, what do I need to do now? Can I just throw them in the same way or do I need to do something else??
I have a spoon that I keep in the bathroom. It's the designated poop scraper. It doesn't match any of our other spoons, so there's nooooooo chance it will ever be mistaken for anything except for the Poop Scraper.
I just scrape everything into the toilet and flush, but then again, I did that with the BM poo, too.
Even though DDs poos are still so far from solid, we spray them down. Its not so much the "runniness" (sorry, that sounds really gross) as it is the undigested bits (ew, that sounds even worse) that you have to watch out for. Trust me, the LAST thing you want to do is spend time picking bean skins out of your washing machine. We installed a sprayer (literally a super cheap sink attachment from Home Depot) and started using it when DD was around 8 months. We started solids at about 4.5 months but she didn't start eating enough that we needed to spray until then. Scraping, dunking, spraying, it all does the same thing. I've heard of doing it lots of different ways but the main idea is to get off as much as you can prior to sticking it in your machine. Just decide which option sounds less gross to you and go with that. It also depends a little on the baby. DDs poos are not "dunkable." I could swish all day and not get anywhere. Her poos also do not roll off neatly into the toilet as I've heard some kids' poos do.
I recommend the diaper sprayer too. I tried to have a designated poop scraper, but with the consistency of DD's poos, all it did was grind the poop more into the diaper. The sprayer is the only way for us to go. We also use the flushable liners, which sometimes make a big difference because they catch most of the poop, and then solid or not, you can toss the whole thing into the toilet. But if it's not a solid poop, the liners often don't catch the whole thing. But they still help. And every once in a while when I get a totally solid poop that just rolls into the toilet, it's like a little gift. Yes, I just called poop a gift.
Mara & Joel, 2009
Like Erin said, it's just the undigested bits that are the big concern. When DS's poop is peanut buttery I use toilet paper to help wipe it off. I do own gloves that I keep hidden in the bathroom for dunking and swishing, but I really never had to do that much. My son loves solids, so most of his poop has been rolling off his diaper for a few months.
We're technically not supposed to install a diaper sprayer here from what I understand, so I just went without and figured if I really needed one I'd do it anyways.
I know some people get away w/o a sprayer but we definitely could not. At 17 months, my DD's poops are still very mushy. I've also had the experience of picking out a few left over pieces of food out of my washer. YUCK! I recommend getting some type of sprayer because it's easiest IMHO.
Addy's mostly are solid enough to roll or at least peel off with gravity alone (...sorry for that mental image), although we've had the occasional need to dunk or use toilet paper. The absolute easiest and least gross option is to use flushable diaper liners, at least until it starts getting firmer. They fall right off into the toilet no problem. It's just an extra step when you're putting the diaper on, which is a deal breaker for some people with super squirmers...
For us, liners would be a complete waste of time. DD is definitely that super squirmer and even if we could get the liner on properly her poos would just squish off the sides. We use stay dry liners at night and they do very little to help with the poo if she goes in that diaper. Still, if I could use them I totally would. The extra step isn't a big deal its just getting the darn thing to stay in place while DD tries to swan dive off the change table .
Frankly, I don't understand that--the liners I have are almost as big as the diapers, and go OVER the sides. Maybe it's because I'm trifolding and you guys are wrap-around folding? So that I can sort of encase the diaper in liner? Or is their poop actually still LIQUID? Even with soft yucky peanut butter poop, it stays on the liner...at least like 99% of it.
I do understand the swan diving--Addy has her moments--but I usually get the diaper ready before I even try putting it anywhere near her. And I've been lucky that she is easily distracted from her initial impulse to squirm and flail by being given something super interesting that she never sees at any other time. There are a couple of items I keep right by the diaper table for that specific purpose, such as a long string of about fifty different charms and beads. SHINY!