Poop in cloth diapers

What to do with the poop

Before you start using cloth diapers for your baby, you probably would like to know how to handle a diaper with poop. Therefore, we have gathered some tips on how to be well prepared — it dosen’t have to be that difficult!

There are three different poop stages and three different ways of handling them with cloth diapers:

1) Milk poop (when the baby is only consuming milk)

2) Transitional poop (the phase in between milk poop and solid poop)

3) Solid poop (when the baby is eating solid food)

Below you can read about how to handle the cloth diapers during these three stages.

1) Milk poop (0-6 months)

When you have a baby that is not yet eating solid food, it is really easy to handle the diapers! This is because you don’t need to remove the poop (it is water-soluble during this stage) from the diaper before washing.

The dirty diapers with milk poop are stored in the pail liner or wetbag until they are going to be washed. The pail liner/wetbag makes it easy for you to transport the dirty diapers to the washing machine, where you simply place everything in the machine and press the start button. You don’t even have to bother taking the dirty diapers out of the pail liner/wetbag — they will come out by themselves when the machine is spinning around.

Run a prewash, which will rinse the milk poop away, and then wash at 60°c.

​See also our recommendations for landry detergent.

​2) Transitional poop (6 months – ?)

The transitional poop stage is the most difficult because the poop has to be removed before the diaper is washed. Why is this so? Because transitional poop is not water-soluble. But don’t worry: as soon as you get a good washing routine, it will be easy.

The poop can be removed in several ways. For example, you can hold the diaper with poop down in the toilet and then flush the toilet, or you can use the shower handle to rinse the diaper. You can also removed the poop with toilet paper.

Subsequently the diaper is washed — normally with pre-wash and then with 60°c.

See also our washing-guide.

Also, in this stage many people like to use diaper liners or fleece liners (se below).

​3) Solid poop

When your child starts eating solid food naturally the composition of the poop will also change into a more solid structure. How to handle this? Most of the time you will be able to “tip over” the poop into in the toilet, but you can also use some of the other methods shown above in the transitional poop paragraph.

Diaper liner or fleece liner?

At first glance the handling of poop in a cloth diaper can seem rather troublesome but it can become a lot easier than you might think, especially if you use diaper liners or fleece liners. Both have the advantage of “catching” the poop, thereby making it much easier to remove.

A diaper liner is simply thrown into the garbage bin together with the poop, whereas a fleece liner can be washed and used again and again.

​Fleece liners

A fleece liner on the top of the diaper catches the poop while simultaneously giving a dry feeling towards the skin.

As said above, the fleece liner is easy to take out of the diaper and hold down into the toilet while you flush. It is also easy to rinse with the shower handle. The poop is easier to remove from the fleece liner because it is made of a material (polyester fleece) which does not absorb liquid.

So, the fleece liner can be washed together with the cloth diapers and used again. A convenient choice!

Diaper liners

The diaper liner (e.g., bamboo paper) is put on the top of the diaper and when poop has “arrived”, it is thrown into the garbage bin (not the toilet). However, if there is no poop on it then the diaper liner can be washed a couple of times and reused.

We recommend that you finish changing your baby before you begin to handle the diaper with poop — it can wait until your baby lies a secure place.

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