“What’s a disposable diaper?” and My First “Dunk and Swish”

>Saturday, my son had one of “those” diapers.  I commented to my husband that the, ahem, “deposit” (which was creeping dangerously close to the outside of the Fuzzibunz perfect size diaper) would never have been contained in a disposable diaper!  It’s been a while since I used disposables, but I remember blowouts all too well!

My almost-6-year-old daughter said “what’s a disposable diaper?”  I’m a little baffled by the question, since we used disposables on her brother for 4 months, and I’m pretty sure she’s seen other people change a diaper and throw it away.  I’m guessing she was just confused by the term “disposable.”

In any case, I said “It’s a diaper you throw away,” and she said “Oh.”  It would be pretty cool if someday we looked back at our “throw it away” generation, and didn’t understand it!

So that diaper led me to my first “dunk and swish.”  In over 15 months of cloth diapering, I’ve never done that.  But this diaper…let’s just say it was a little beyond scraping, but was too much to throw in the washer.  I was asking myself why I hadn’t bought a diaper sprayer yet.

After I already had to reach into the potty to fish out a cloth wipe I’d accidentally dropped in, I used a tip someone gave me.  I pulled the insert out, held the ends of the diaper in my hand (firmly) with the inner facing out.  I dunked it in the toilet and flushed (several times.)  I held onto it tightly, but let it kind of get pulled down with the flush.

It really worked quite well and wasn’t terribly gross!  I was able to flip it back around with the PUL side out again and carry it to the wet bag (I need to put one in the bathroom!) without dripping.

So now I feel a little more initiated, and more like a real cloth diapering Mom.  Ha ha!

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
  • January 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    >I like Hannah's idea..! I vote for it!

  • January 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    >That's a great idea Hannah!

  • January 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    >Maybe you should make a video demo of this method. Maybe without poop.

  • January 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    >Interesting the dunk and swish.. never heard of it before.. I own a diaper spreayer but it's a very good thing to know when you get those terrible diapers while out and about! thanks!

  • January 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    >I'm pretty sure I'm beyond the need for a diaper sprayer. I got through the gross PB consistency just fine without one (my son is 20 months old now!) I'm actually able to just flip the diapers off most of the time, but this one was something else, LOL!

  • January 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    >There are 'pull ups' on the back of the toilet at our church. I guess someone left them when their kid quit using them? I don't know. Anyway, desperate for my child to use the potty I was using the 'distract' method to try and get her to sit still, and I handed one to her. She looked at it. It had Dora on it. She had no idea it was supposed to be a butt covering. She just kept saying 'coloring' or 'pajamas'. I laughed so hard, and put it back. She never did pee, but I got a kick out of it, nonetheless!

  • January 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    >Oh, don't get a sprayer! We have a shower sprayer, and that works just fine, or you could just use the dunk and swish, I do both depending on the time and what's going on in the diaper.

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