When you have a baby, that means poop. Regardless of how you diaper, you gotta deal with the poop. (Side note: even if you use disposables, you’re still supposed to dump and flush the poop. Don’t send it to the landfill to seep into your groundwater!) You can do the old school dunk and swish method (yuck!) or scrape with a spatula (yuck again!). I use reusable fleece liners, but in my experience they’re rarely 100% effective. A fourth option is to use a diaper sprayer, a high powered handheld sprayer that attaches to your toilet and sprays the poop off your diaper.
I’ve had a sprayer for a couple of years, but honestly I’ve never liked using it. My diaper sprayer was supposed to save me time and effort but it often ends up making more work for me. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I am apparently incapable of angling my sprayer the right way to keep the spray in the toilet.
Let me introduce you to the Spray Pal, a splatter shield for diaper sprayers!
We had a messy diaper the very next day after the Spray Pal arrived. Great timing! I used the Spray Pal along with my diaper sprayer, and I’m telling you it was like a whole new world! The diaper got clean, and I didn’t get sprayed and neither did my wall. Woo hoo!
It’s a simple idea. Just a piece of flexible plastic about 16″ tall and 30″ wide. Secure the dirty diaper inside with the attached clip and snap the edges together to form the sleeve-style splatter shield. The clip is strong but gentle on cloth – no teeth to snag or damage your diapers. (And yes, I’m sparing you the sight of a dirty diaper. I think we’ve all had enough experience with poopy diapers not to need the visual!)
Position the Spray Pal inside the rim of your toilet bowl, then use your sprayer to your heart’s content. There’s enough room in the Spray Pal to get my hand and diaper sprayer in and to angle it all around until all the surfaces are sprayed clean. The sleeve keeps all the dirty water inside and off your toilet and walls.
When you’re done spraying, unsnap the doors and flatten them to press the excess water out of the diaper. Keep your diaper pail next to the toilet and all you have to do is release the clip and dump the diaper in the pail. Ta da! Rinse off the inside of the Spray Pal and store it folded flat beside or behind your toilet.
Here’s a video demonstration by Mr. and Mrs. Spray Pal!
The Spray Pal works like a charm. I didn’t get any back spray on me, the toilet, the wall, or the floor. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the residue on the inside of the shield. That makes for an extra step because you need to spray down the inside of the Spray Pal afterwards. I keep mine in a pail so it doesn’t drip on the floor after I’m done.
One more thing I wanted to share with you. I think it’s important to know where our dollars are going. Two years ago, Jen (AKA Mrs. Spray Pal) had a little boy born prematurely at 25 weeks gestation. As a result he requires oxygen and a feeding tube, and he is visually impaired and profoundly deaf. When you buy a Spray Pal, know that the proceeds go to helping this family pay for their son’s medical bills.
Lalabye Baby One Size Stay Dry Bamboo Cloth Diaper
Spray Pal also sent me a Lalabye OS Bamboo Diaper in gray with pink snaps to try. This diaper is a 2-in-1 system – you can use it as a pocket or as an AI2. Each diaper comes complete with two snap-in bamboo inserts (a one size insert and a smaller newborn or booster insert). The sleeve style opening allow you to stuff from the front or the back.
The Lalabye Baby is a one size diaper. Four rows of two rise snaps allow you to adjust the rise and fit babies from 7-35+ pounds. It comes with two rows of ten waist snaps to adjust a wide range of leg and waist sizing, hip snaps to prevent wing droop, and crossover snaps. The rainbow snaps were a nice surprise when I opened up this diaper for the first time. They make it very easy to remember which snap setting to use. Plus they’re just pretty!
The inside is lined with stay dry microsuede, and there’s a strip of TPU along the inside tummy to helps stop leaks from the front (great for tummy sleepers!).
I’ve reviewed several 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 diapers lately, and the Lalabye Baby works very similarly. To use as a pocket diaper, just stuff the inserts into the sleeve-style opening. As an AI2, snap the inserts on top and replace them when they get wet. The shell has a snap at the front and the back, and the inserts can be snapped into one or both.
Getting a good fit the first time was a bit tricky with this diaper. It took a few attempts experimenting with the rise fully unsnapped and snapped down one level, tightening and loosening the legs and waist. The issue I had was getting the waist tight enough without leaving red marks on her legs. I finally ended up with the rise snapped down one row and the top snaps done up on an angle. Once I figured that out, the rest was smooth sailing.
The first thing I noticed was the quality of the waterproof TPU fabric. It’s nice and thick and seems like it will last a long time. The diaper fits quite generously and provides full coverage over the bum, with plenty of room to add more absorbency if needed for naps or overnight. The included bamboo inserts hold a lot of liquid without a lot of bulk. We never had any leaks in this diaper, even after several hours and a nap. Trimness was about average and what I would expect with two bamboo inserts (the pictures above are of both inserts). Note that the inserts do need to be washed and dried 3-5 times to strip the natural oils and reach full absorbency.
Kay’s two years old and 27 pounds in these pictures, and there’s still a lot of room left to grow at the waist and legs. This diaper would be a good choice for larger babies with chubby thighs, though like most one size diapers, it’s unlikely to fit properly immediately after birth.
Buy your Spray Pal directly from Spray Pal, at Amazon.com, or from a retailer near you. The Spray Pal retails for $25.00, and the Lalabye Baby OS Bamboo Diaper is available for $18.95. Orders $25 and up ship for FREE within the US.
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