While perusing my local cloth diaper group, a question came up. A member asked how a diaper sprayer works. Since I think that my diaper sprayer is pretty much the greatest cloth diaper innovation since pocket diapers, it was a question that I was happy to answer.
In a nutshell, a diaper sprayer is sort of like one of those sprayers attached to your kitchen sink. You squeeze a button, water shoots out, stuff comes off. That’s the simple part. It differs in a few ways, though. For one, your kitchen sprayer has limited force. With a diaper sprayer, you could very easily leave yourself and your entire bathroom covered in poo from the bounce back if you turn the sprayer on full blast. (I recommend testing it in the toilet before spraying your diaper with it.) Not only that, but since your diaper sprayer is hooked up to your toilet’s water line instead of the water line to your kitchen sink, there’s only one temperature: ice cold.
Most diaper sprayers say that they are gentle enough for postpartum care. Sure, I suppose you could use it as a make shift bidet, but I would never do it. Ever. I would never encourage anyone to do it. Ever. You see, that water is wicked cold, and I would never want something that cold sprayed on aching postpartum bits. Maybe it’s different if you live in the southern US and it’s July… but I don’t recall the water ever being warm enough to want to use the sprayer on my lady parts when I lived in Florida, either.
I will say, though, that having the diaper sprayer has made cloth diapering significantly easier. It was a blessing to have when I was coping with Eudora’s prune poopsplosion and when Norton has had tummy issues. (In fact, Norton’s tummy issues was why I bought it in the first place.) It really and truly is a fantastic accessory to have, particularly when solids start. With that in mind, though, a diaper sprayer is absolutely not necessary and is not something that you need to run out and buy for your cloth diaper start up kit.
Do you use a cloth diaper sprayer?