One of the amazing differences between cloth and disposable nappies is that a cloth nappy that fits well will contain those explosive newborn poos so much better than a disposable. Have you seen those images of babies covered from head to toe in poo? Great news is that you won’t see your baby looking like that if you use cloth!
I know poo isn’t the nicest subject to talk about, but once your baby is here believe me, you will have never thought of or talked about poo so much in your entire life! We often get asked, “will I have to touch poo?” and understandably this can put people off cloth nappies.
But the thing is, if you’re having a baby you’re guaranteed to end up touching poo sooner or later. Especially if you’re dealing with the nappy blow outs – there’s nothing worse than having to wash poo out of hair, car seats, yourself and everywhere in between. And inevitably that means touching poo. At least if you’re containing everything within a cloth nappy, you only need to deal with the nappy!
Despite how it looks, newborn poo washes out in the washing machine with a good wash routine, especially if your baby is breastfed. Some people find that they need to rinse newborn nappies before washing to prevent stains, but this is nothing that can’t be sorted with a good pair of rubber gloves if you prefer not to get it anywhere near your hands.
And as babies get older and their poo changes, nappy liners can be useful if you don’t want to get involved in too much scrubbing and scraping of poo. Again it does depend on your baby and their diet – some have ‘ploppable’ poo that drops of easily from a nappy or liner and others aren’t so ‘ploppable’. You’ll need to work out what method is best for you and your baby’s poo.
Some people also like to have dedicated ‘poo scrapers’ like a silicone brush, spatula or knife to help remove the poo. You can also buy nappy sprayers that attach to toilets to help with removal of poo. As delightful as all this sounds, keep in mind that even if you use disposables, any solid waste should be flushed away in the toilet before disposing of the nappy.
Watch this video for more tips and tricks on baby poo removal
Wondering if it’s too late to start using cloth nappies on your little one? In short, it’s never too late! Read on to find out why using cloth nappies is a great decision for your baby and the environment, no matter when you start.