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All About Dirty Nappies

2 CommentsSunday, 3 August 2014

With a weaned baby, most poo should be picked up by the liner, and the nappy itself should not normally get dirty. If it does, it will normally only be at the edges, and this can easily be rinsed off before the nappy goes into the nappy bucket. If you put it into the nappy bin without rinsing off any soiling, you will find your nappy bin will smell pretty rough under its lid by the end of the day.

Don't forget to clean your sink if you rinse off poo into it - even minute amounts build up after a while.

If you do have an occasion where it is the nappy that takes the brunt of the soiling (perhaps the liner moved out of place, or you forgot to put it in), the easiest way to clean it off is to hold a clean corner, dangle the nappy into the toilet bowl and flush. Only clean water will go over your hand, but hopefully this will wash most of the poo off into the toilet. Don't forget to hold on tightly, because you may underestimate how strong your flush is! It can help to "pull off" any bits of poo with a piece of toilet paper first.

If your baby is still being breastfed, the poo will be a lot more runny, and it is quite possible that the liner will not contain it all. The only plus is that it should not normally smell too strong (unless the mother's diet is full of rich and spicy foods - these will tend to affect the smell of baby's poo!). At this time, it is quite likely that the nappy will get quite soiled, and so rinsing before being put into the nappy bin becomes quite important.

Cover major stains with Vanish (soap bar or prewash spray) before putting the dirty nappy into the nappy bin, and you will find that you should not have any problems with staining. It is easier to add the Vanish now, rather than when the nappy comes out of the nappy bin thoroughly soaked, to go into the washing machine. If you are using bamboo the use of Vanish is not recommended.

Note that babies do not tend to poo in their sleep, only when they wake. So if they go to bed with full bowels, remember they will fill their nappy shortly after waking. Tip: this is the time to make sure your partner is on early morning nappy duty!

As a general rule, nappies which are fitted around the baby (ie shaped nappies or pinned terries) are far more efficient than pad folded ones at keeping explosive poo off the wrap, so if you want to use pad folded ones, you may need to increase the number of wraps you have, to allow for dirty ones. The ones with wipe clean interiors are also a good idea, to minimise staining.

Finally, for those who have seen the Australian Little Squirt idea, you can now get these in the UK, to be plumbed either into your toilet or an adjacent sink. This is a small hose which you can operate with one hand, while you direct it at the nappy (it's actually a "handheld bidet", intended to be directed at your nether regions!). No need to think about getting poo off the nappy at all, as your handheld bidet can do it for you instead!

Patricia Maurer
Thursday, 23 February 2017  |  21:10

Hi, I am a bit confused about how to handle dirty nappies... When I read about dry sailing I thought that you didn't need to rinse the nappy before putting it in the bucket, but reading this article I understand you must to?

Thanks for the advice!

Monday, 6 March 2017  |  11:55

You don't have to rinse the nappy if dry pailling BUT if there is alots of poo on the nappy then always rinse it as it could be too much for the washing machine to deal with (if baby is weaned) but also poo left on a nappy in a bucket can damage the fibres (especially if acidic teething poo). Anytime baby is teething rinsing wet nappies (especially over night ones) can stop the strong wee setting on the nappy. Outside teething rinsing wet only nappies isn't normally needed.

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