Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Poopy Toilet Water Hands Vs. Mother-ease Diaper Sprayer

One fine day last month, two things happened:

1. My baby had the biggest, grossest poop of his eight-month life.

2. I performed my first act of plumbing: installing my new Mother-ease Diaper Sprayer.

Koan's been increasingly eating solids for a few months now. It took a little while for it to happen, but inevitably, it has: his poop has gone from a benign liquid mush, to thick and icky. If newborn poop was like this, I bet a lot less people would cloth diaper (I would, but I'm sure many would be turned off). 

I knew to anticipate a change when he started solids, but I didn't know how to adapt my diaper-cleaning routine. There's been more poop sticking to the diapers and they've started coming out of the wash with a bit of an odour. Did I need a diaper sprayer? I did some research to figure it out. 

What is a Diaper Sprayer?
Diaper sprayers are one of the many recent inventions making cloth diapering waaaaay easier than it was in the past. They're like hand-held shower nozzles that attach to your toilet. When babies start having solid poops, solids need to be shaken into the toilet before laundering or disposing of the diaper. (Yes, you should be doing this with disposables too, though I know most people don't). But you've seen poop before (right?). It doesn't always just jump off a diaper.

When my mom cloth diapered (which she did part-time), she would have to dunk them in the toilet and swish them around to get the poop off. I know, ew. A diaper sprayer reduces the need to get poopy toilet water hands. You can hold the corner of the diaper and spray the poop off into the toilet. 

So I decided, yes I did need a diaper sprayer. They all say they take five minutes to install and require no knowledge of plumbing. The Mother-ease sprayer gets good reviews and was the cheaper one at my local cloth diaper store (Huckleberry Baby Shop).

Using the Diaper Sprayer 
The sprayer had been sitting in my bathroom for a week when the poop happened. It was like clay stuck to the diaper, and I certainly wasn't going to put it in my washing machine. So my husband got Koan ready for bed while I tackled the installation. 

It took a little longer than five minutes, and the hardest part was figuring out which thingies to twist to detach the pipe that connects the toilet to the water supply. Once I got the pipe off, attaching the sprayer was super easy. 

Then for the poop. Well, it still required some dunking and swishing to loosen it up. Once I did that, the sprayer cleared off the remaining bits easily. So I wasn't able to completely avoid poopy toilet water hands. The next day however, I noticed that there was a valve for adjusting the water pressure and I could turn it up much higher. Ha! Since I did that the sprayer does a great job. No more poopy toilet water hands! 

If you'd rather make your own diaper sprayer check out this tutorial.
*This review was neither solicited nor compensated.*


  1. Val from Mother's Wellness vfroom@shaw.caMarch 2, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    I was going to say I've never used a diaper sprayer, but I totally have. Normally I just swoosh around in the toilet and flush while the diaper is still in there (sucks off more poo). My mother seems to enjoy rinsing them thoroughly, by hand, in her laundry tub when we visit. So talk about gross.

    Anyway, back when I first started with cloth, it was summer. I had an 18m and 3m old kids. I clothes-pinned the diapers to a chainlink dog run in our back yard and shot them with the jet setting on the hose. Worked awesome.

  2. Hi Erin!

    I just a quick search on mother ease diaper sprayers and your blog popped up! I think I am in need of one of these as well. Saylor is no eatting enough solids that I'm having a very similar experince. Its wonderful to see you are doing well!