What is a cloth diaper sprayer, and do you really need one? Read on to find out why we love our diaper sprayer, and why we think it's a worthwhile investment for families using cloth diapers.
Our diaper sprayer has been a lifesaver! Also called a minishower, it is a spray wand that hooks up directly to your toilet, and is designed to rinse poopy diapers into the toilet, eliminating the messy need for dunking and soaking!
If your biggest concern with cloth
diapers is handling poop, the cloth diaper sprayer may become your most
essential cloth diapering accessory! The diaper sprayer makes it easy
to clean up sticky, stinky messes, and can extend the lifetime of your
diaper by preventing staining and odors from setting in.
Dads love diaper sprayers too! If your husband is on the fence about cloth diapers, a minishower might be just what you need to convince him to give them a try. Whenever someone asks my husband about using cloth diapers, the sprayer is one of the first things he mentions! In fact, my husband has said many times, if it hadn't been for our diaper sprayer, he would have quit using cloth diapers long ago!
Cloth diaper sprayers usually cost between $40 and $50. This can seem expensive, but keep in mind that a cloth diaper sprayer:
If you're not sure about spending the money on a diaper sprayer, keep in mind that used diaper sprayers tend to hold their value well. If you buy a brand-name diaper sprayer, you can usually resell it wherever you sell used cloth diapers for at least half, and sometimes as much as 75% of the original purchase price!
poop of breast-fed babies is water soluble, and does not need to be
rinsed before your diapers are added to the diaper pail. If you are
using baby formula or once you introduce solid foods at 6 months of age,
the texture and content of your baby's diapers will change. Here's
when dunking and soaking will become part of your cloth diapering
With a minishower, you won't ever have to dunk and swish your diapers again! You simply hold the diaper over the toilet and use the cloth diaper sprayer to rinse any messes straight into the toilet.
Tip: When you first start using the sprayer, don't turn open the valve up all of the way. It usually takes a bit of practice to perfect your aim and sprayer angle, and this is best done at lower pressure so you don't end up spraying some of the diaper contents onto your hands (or worse!) Once you get better at it, you can open up the valve and enjoy the benefits of rinsing your diapers with full water pressure.
diaper sprayer hooks directly into your toilet plumbing. Diaper
sprayer installation is very easy. You will need to make sure your
toilet has a flexible supply line (if not, these are between $5 and $10
at most major hardware stores).
It took me about 20 minutes to set it up following the instructions that were included. You won't need a plumber to hook it up for you, as long as you or someone you know are strong enough to tighten the plumbing lines yourself.
It's always a good idea to turn the pressure-control valve off when the diaper sprayer is not in use. I've never heard of a line breaking, but if your hose did get punctured, you could end up with water all over your bathroom.
We wouldn't have cloth diapered without our trusty cloth diaper sprayer. If you're thinking about using cloth diapers, but are concerned about handling messy diapers later on, we think the cloth diaper sprayer is a worthwhile investment in your sanity!
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