Ew, so does that mean you touch your baby’s poo?


July 5, 2010

Disposable diapers are gross. Can I get an Amen?

They’re stinky, so you stick them in the diaper pail, which is all fine and good, until the diaper pail fills up, and then you have to empty the thing, which has now morphed into sweaty, stuffed kielbasa that weighs approximately one thousand pounds and smells like a truck stop urinal. And then getting it down the stairs has become a ginormous feat, but you feel good because you streched beforehand, but just as you got halfway  down the stairs, you swear the thing grew arms and legs, because oh crap, the sweat bag just decked you in the jaw.

Okay, so we know they suck, but we use them several times a day because they’re “easy” and the hospital loads us up with them, and all the parenting magazines advertise them, and that backwards R store has them coming out their backwards butt-hole, so we think they’re our only option.

But I’ve stumbled upon another option. Except when I say stumbled, what I really mean is that I sat for hours and hours in front of my laptop researching cloth diapers, while my older child relentlessly beat my baby over the head with a wooden toy.

Of course I would glance up every once in a while to make sure that there were no blood or tears, but a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do, right?

I’m ignoring you for your own good! I’d yell out from behind the computer.

I’m trying to be environmentally responsible!

I appreciate you!

I’d tell my neglected children.

I started off with ‘green’ disposables. I tried Nature Babycare, Earth’s Best, and Seventh Generation. But those aren’t any better than regular disposables, because the toxins that make them absorbent are still present, plus they still sit in landfills and oceans FOREVER.

And I don’t like the image of a baby walrus chewing on a diaper filled with my baby’s poo.

Nope, not one bit.

So then I looked into gDiapers, which is a cloth diaper with a flushable insert.

And they prepared me mentally, physically, spiritually for the next step, which was totally cloth.

I actually found gDiapers to be more work than all cloth.

There was all this tearing the insert open, and flushing, and plunging my backed up toilet, and ultimatly, I was not a fan.

So now I use BumGenius. They’re all in one, so I don’t have mess with an insert, I just take it off and put a new one  just like a disposable.

Zing- za-dan!

It’s so easy.


Plus no baby walruses have to eat my diapers.

It’s been a few weeks, and I really like it.

And so does Hudson. He hasn’t had a single diaper rash, and I feel good about the organic cotton against his skin.

Plus I’ve heard disposables lower sperm count in males, so his balls are pretty happy about it too.


I love cloth! I didn’t use BumGenius on Isaac but I’ve heard great things about them. We used gdiapers but I just made a cloth insert I didn’t care for the flushables much. Did you ever use the cloth insert they sell now?? I’m definitely using cloth for my next kid and I’m wondering how their cloth insert works. How do the BG hold up at night?

by mariah on July 5, 2010

First time commenter. I don’t remember exactly HOW I found you, but I put you in my reader a few days ago. 🙂

I love my cloth diapers! For three kids, I’ve spent in the neighborhood of $250…to diaper ALL of them. I sew up my own cloth wipes too. I haven’t tried the new bumgenius version, but might if/when I have another kid, because they finally offered an option with snaps. (Hate their velcro. Hate it hate it hate it.) We’re otherwise a GADs and Knickernappies family. 🙂

by Naturally Single Mom on July 6, 2010

I’ve been intrigued about washable diapers ever since I heard the whole thing about dirty diapers taking a babillion years to decompose in the world’s trash piles. But I don’t have a baby (yet), so I don’t really have to worry about my baby’s carbon footprint (yet). But what happens if you have a gigantic load of baby poop in there? Do you just drop the whole thing into your washing machine? Poop particles? Contaminating other linens that shouldn’t be exposed to poop?

I wonder because I fully intend on using these, but lawd knows poop particles are a constant concern of my every day life.

by Yellaphant on July 6, 2010

Yellaphant, poop particles are a constant concern of my everyday life too! I rinse poo filled nappies in the sink with some soap and let them soak for a while, and then toss them in the washing machine on the super-hot-oh-my-god-it-burns setting.
That usually takes care of all the pesky particles.

by beckey on July 6, 2010

I was going to ask the same thing as Yellaphant. I totally want to use a different means than disposable diapers when it’s my turn for a kiddo, but the poop issue has always made me pause. My only concern with the rinsing in the sink method is…I better have one of those soaking/rinsing laundry tub-like sinks in my laundry room when I grow up and have a house one day because Lord knows if I use a sink in my house, even after bleaching it, it’s always going to be known as the poo sink. Or maybe I just won’t care once I have a kid and their vomiting, peeing and pooping on me on a regular basis…?

by Bellacantare on July 6, 2010

Another Idea for poop filled cloth is dunking the poop into the toilet (where poop belongs even if you use disposables) and then I had a “soak bucket” with a little soap and water (kept outside) then you just put the soak bucket fluids down the toilet. I also always added a 1/4 cup distilled vinegar to the wash to keep them from getting stinky. Just some thoughts…and I agree with Bellacantare I wouldn’t want to put poop in just any sink.

by mariah on July 6, 2010

Wow these are all excellent tips from some super savvy, save-the-world kinda ladies. Beckey, I’m inspired. I’ve begun the search to become just like you. I need lots more tips than this – such as how many do I need to buy? How often are you doing laundry? Which color would look best with Evan’s skin color? Where do you recommend buying them? I was considering cottonbabies.com, they let you get a six-pack and you get to chose each of the six’s color and closure. Should I go with snaps or velcro? I need more lady!

by Natalie on July 6, 2010

the problem with me is I throw up at the sight and smell of poop.

by gorillabuns on July 7, 2010

Yeah! Dispoles Diapers are stinky. I’ll suggest you don’t buy them.

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