I have a little time before I have to start worrying about this, but I am wondering how my diaper changing routine might be different once my baby is on solid foods. Right now I am exclusively BFing and I can just throw her poopy diapers right into the machine. Changing is easy. I just dump the dipes into the pail at the end of my changing table. Once I have to start spraying her diapers, I am not sure about the logistics of it. It almost seems like it would be easier to set up a changing table in the bathroom rather than make trips back and forth from the nursery to the bathroom to spray and then drop them in the pail...all while holding the baby? How do you all do it?
I change DS completely and sit him down to go play. If I can't get to the poopy diaper right away, I don't worry about it. It'll still be there in an hour. lol. I do a lot of babywearing, so sometimes he's on me while I take care of it.
DS was loving his solids and for the most part it just dropped right into the toilet. Right now he's doing the picky toddler thing half the time so sometimes I have to actually put the diaper in the toilet and swish it around (flushing while the diaper is in the toilet helps a lot). I hear diaper sprayers are great, but well we weren't supposed to have one at our last house and now we're doing a lot of moving so I have never bothered to get one. At our currently place we have his diaper pail in the bathroom. I just walk the pee diapers over to it when I have a chance. Of course I also have been keeping our diaper storage in the bathroom, but that's just because it kept DS from pulling them all out. We're moving in a couple of days, so who knows what I'll do then! I will admit that having the pail in the bathroom is more helpful than it being in his room like we did before solids.
I've never used a sprayer or rinsed, I swear that those actions super contribute to stinky diapers! Just dump/wipe/scrape/whatever. Third kid on cloth now and I've never dealt with stinky diapers.
(redaction: I did, could not handle the over night diapers, and the gross wetness and smell, even with hemp and layering and all that.......so we use a pamper at night and that works really well for our kids)!
I don't have a diaper pail, I use wet bags- even at home- so, once I have her fully changed, it's pretty easy to just take the wet bag to the bathroom with me to spray, put the diaper in, and then bring it back to the bedroom. I really like to have everything in one spot though- so pretty much all diapers always get changed in the same spot, and there is no way we would have room for a change station in the bathroom. For a baby to eat solids, they should be able to sit up on their own, so, putting baby down to play while you clean a diaper shouldn't be an issue!
Melissa, do you put solid food poop in your washer? Or do all of your kids poops really just roll off? And if that is the case, have you thanked God lately, because you have been given one freaking amazing gift of three kids with poops like that.
Mara & Joel, 2009
I would finish tending to the baby, then get around to the diaper when I had time. Generally most stuff dumped off, occasionally I would have to rinse off a diaper. We have a utility sink in our laundry room that I would use for that.
We change DD in her room and then set her free to do whatever while we take the diaper to the bathroom. When she was younger and needed further tending I'd just leave the diaper to be dealt with later. Her room is right next to the bathroom so it isn't a long trip. There's simply no room in our tiny bathroom for a change station or even a diaper bag. When poopy diapers come home from daycare we just take care of them that night. We introduced solids a little on the early side (4.5 months) but DD didn't start eating enough to change her poop to the variety that shakes off until seriously like 2 months ago. For nearly a year we dealt with peanut butter consistency poop. No amount of dunking or scraping was helpful. Liners just made more of a mess. We had to use the sprayer and once we were good at it it was easy. Some babies take to solids really well right away and their poop consistency changes overnight. Mine was not one of those babies.
about to hijack... sorry!
Seriously though, Beni didn't take to solids quickly, but she eats 3 hefty meals a day now, plus snacks. . DH and I often look at her in wonder as to where she is putting MORE food. And she eats pretty healthy... toast, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt for breakfast, rice and beans, sandwiches or dinner leftovers for lunch, and dinners are all sorts including pastas, meat and potatoes, tacos (which usually means more rice and beans for her!), stir-fries.... she only drinks water and breast milk (no juice)...she gets occasional home made goodies like a cookie or something... the worst thing she probably eats more than she should of is chips IF DH happens to be eating them when she's awake, but, he usually isn't. And her poops are still NASTY. I have been honestly trying to figure out lately WHAT I could add to her diet to firm up her poops... but I don't know- she eats plenty of bananas, rice, and toast (think of the BRAT diet)...she eats, especially lately, loads of fruits and a good amount of veggies, so she's getting plenty of fiber. I mentioned this to her doc, and the only thing she could think of is that maybe she's actually somewhat lactose intolerant (I seem to be, and can only handle milk for some reason when I'm pregnant), and maybe it's the too much dairy (she loves cheese and yogurt and has recently been having milk in her oatmeal and cereal)...maybe we'll have to try to cut it out.
Sorry for the hijack... this is yet another thing where I feel like I'm doing right by her, and yet, she's not producing the desired result!
Mara & Joel, 2009