What is your poopy diaper routine?

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mlle_carrie's picture
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What is your poopy diaper routine?

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?

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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. :roll: 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.

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Yeah, I was definitely thinking it will be easier to have the diaper pail in the bathroom once I have to start rinsing her dipes.

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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)!

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I dump the poop in the toilet then take the liner ( I use disposable liners over fleece liners) off and throw it out.

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We have only been on solids for 2 months. I change her in her bedroom as always then set her down to play when I'm done and deal with the diaper. I bring them back into her room with me.

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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.

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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.

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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. Smile

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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! Sad

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No worries for the hijack! I wish I had some advice to offer. This is my first time around, so I am really looking forward to being able to feed Evelyn solid foods, but I definitely worry about how that's going to change the diaper routine...and my DH's willingness to change her! LOL.

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Mara, when you say she has nasty poops, how are they nasty? Are they foamy, incredibly stinky (even to those without preggo nose), or hard to pass? If its just a loose consistency I don't think there's much to worry about aside from the gross factor. Teagan still has days of soupy poop. Those are usually the days she nurses a ton and puts her nose up to all solid foods. I have to watch how much cheese I give her or else she'll become pretty badly constipated. I don't think its an intolerance with T so much as its just the effect of eating nothing but breast milk and cheese :/. You can try messing around with how much dairy you're giving her but it might also be that that's just how her poops are going to be until she weans. Perhaps also your milk has changed because of your pregnancy and its higher in laxative qualities in preparation for Kong?

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I found it was pretty easy when we started solids. I would change my DD and then let her play while I ran to the bathroom. If It was an especially messy diaper then I would set it on the back of the toilet and get to it later. In fact, I did that a lot when she was too small to follow me. Now she follows me, wants to see the poop in the toilet and flushes it for me, lol. She is sort of obsessed with her poop lately.

And to comment on the hijacked topic ;)....

Jordan has had us stumped from the start with her poops. They were green for a LONG time. Her doc told me not to worry if they were not frothy. Then we started solids at around 6 months or so and I thought they would change. They didn't change that much at all. They were still green and still pretty loose. Once she started eating three meals a day we started having the dreaded peanut butter poop EVERY TIME. I thought it was because I was still BFing. Nope! We had to wean around 19 months and they stayed that way. You know what is weird? All of a sudden, just in the past couple of weeks, her poops are more solid. NOTHING, absolutely nothing has changed. Her diet is the same. Jason and I laugh that we could be happy about poop but I'm so glad we are not dealing with all the peanut butter poop that filled the diaper front to back, side to side. Spraying is so much easier now.

Mara, I just wonder if it's just their system maturing?

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Yeah, I would say her poops are mostly just loose and/or peanut buttery, rather than solid. They do stink, sometimes I think more than normal, but, overall I'd say they are not that offensive. It's just that they are hugely messy and often full of chunks of food (her fave black beans, corn and carrots are often discernible).

She does sometimes whine/cry out about pooping, but, even then, it's a soft poop- like, you'd think she was constipated because of how she was acting, but then you see the poop, and it is almost the opposite of constipated.

Maybe it is just her system. I also thought maybe it was my milk/the change now that I'm pregnant... who knows. Everyone I've mentioned that too though, doesn't think that is it.

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I admit it... I have put him in sposies since starting solids. I don't plan on keeping him in them, just till the poop isn't so ummm... a cross between pureed baby food and breastmilk poo consistency... it doesn't scrap or wipe off, kwim? I also would like to order some flushable liners but I haven't had the time to sit down and compare brands yet with our house repairs going on and having a new crawler. This is the first time I've been on here in awhile! Smile

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"Marite13" wrote:

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.

I;m just seeing this ~ but yes, most of the time they roll off. When they don't, I use the wipes that I used to wipe them to get the rest off. I don't really sweat it. I credit their diet with their poops. Sprayers skeeve me because all I can imagine is all of the ****h particles flying around the bathroom, so the shake and or encourage with wipe route works great for us. I also think that wetting a dirty diaper encourages the stink to linger and/or saturate into the diaper, so we don't ever do that. I will also say that while we don't have like ultra top of the line washer/dryers, we have very good ones, so they have done the trick for us. Seeing food in diapers is normal ~ be it blueberries, raisins (all plump and swollen!) corn, or red (after a pasta binge) or yellow sweet potato poops after a binge....all normal. Of course they look smushed, they are smushed into a diaper, just like our poor would look if we pooped in our grannie briefs and sat around in it for a few minutes.

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"WonderWomanExtrodinare" wrote:

I admit it... I have put him in sposies since starting solids. I don't plan on keeping him in them, just till the poop isn't so ummm... a cross between pureed baby food and breastmilk poo consistency... it doesn't scrap or wipe off, kwim? I also would like to order some flushable liners but I haven't had the time to sit down and compare brands yet with our house repairs going on and having a new crawler. This is the first time I've been on here in awhile! Smile

I highly recommend liners for that kind of poop, and I can save you some research: Kushies and Imse Vimse are really stiff and paper-like. Bummis are soft, like a dryer sheet that's already gone through the dryer--much better!

You can also just let a pack of wipes dry out. Cheaper Smile

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When DD was little, I just left a poopy diaper for whenever I had a spare moment in the day or her nap. Most of her poops would wipe/drop into the toilet easily enough on their own. She had some really firm poops after we weaned, but I think that's because of the lack of laxatives in breastmilk she was used to.

I do use a diaper sprayer, but I never thought about that adding to the stink factor. If they're really soupy or nasty, I was soaking them to get the poop off or "flushing" them in the toilet as I worried about getting it all in the washer. We've had some ammonia issues and I assumed it was just the microfiber inserts wearing out but maybe it's the spraying . . .

Still, I don't think it's as hard of a transition from EBM poopy diapers to BM and solids, it's just finding what works best for your situation.