Diaper Sprayer – A Useful Accessory

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. 

Diaper Sprayer - A Useful Accessory (Cloth Diaper Addicts)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?


About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I have been cloth diapering for 6 years, and am yet to have one. I think I am missing out!
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  2. We’d be lost without our sprayer. We found another great accessory late in the cloth diaper game, called Spray Pal which ROCKS as well. The two together make cloth diapering a breeze! Thanks for the post!

  3. I also do not use a diaper sprayer. With the EBF poop, I never needed one. With solid poop, I just dump the poop in the toilet. For problem poops, I do have a nasty old utility sink in my basement laundry room that I have used.
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  4. I did the whole old-school “dunk & swish” thing…but if there will be a 3rd child. I will definitely invest in a sprayer 😉

  5. For us a diaper sprayer is a must-have. After sitting in a wetbag at daycare all day, a poopy diaper can be tough to clean up without a good, powerful sprayer. I do miss the EBF days though 🙂

  6. I agree that it’s not a “must-have”, but it sure is a “nice-to-have”. We didn’t have one for the first couple months that my daughter was on solids, but then found a used one for about half price so I went for it. It’s definitely nice to have for those bigger poops that would otherwise require swishing or scraping or something equally yucky! I’ve also found that the flushable liners are effective, but don’t always contain everything as neatly as you’d hope, so the sprayer comes in handy for that.
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    • Also a bit of warning with those flushable liners: I’ve had two friends in town, both on city sewer, that ended up with a severe blockage that cost a few hundred dollars to fix from using flushable liners!

  7. Yikes! I would never use one as a bidet either. It’s bad enough when I turn it the wrong way and end up looking like I entered a wet t-shirt contest. Brrr
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  8. We have a hand held shower head in the kids bathroom and it reaches to the toilet so I use that as a sprayer, works great.

  9. I definitely want to get a diaper sprayer! I already have my spray pal waiting!

  10. I also have not taken the plunge yet. What’s holding me back? It seems like whenever I have extra cash, I’d rather spend it on a diaper than a sprayer! Also, I’m afraid that my intrepid toddlers will get into it.

  11. I never had a diaper sprayer with my daughter… I didn’t start to use cloth until she was 5 months old and already on solids – her poops just feel off into the toilet with the help of a fleece liner. I can totally see the value in having one though – the poops before solids can be ugly! Would be super easy to just blast off the ick and flush… I did have the odd gross one and had a system figured out: grasp the itty bit of a corner of the fleece liner, lay if poop-side down in the toilet while holding the corner, gently swish to get poop to release, hang on tight and FLUSH! Pray a bit and hope the flush action gets the poop off! If it didn’t work, I got super gross and just rinsed the remaining bit in the bathroom sink – gross. Ahh, motherhood. Just plain glamorous.

  12. Michelle F. says:

    that’s a really great idea.

  13. I definitely plan to get a diaper sprayer, but instead of spending the big bucks, my husband is fairly certain he can jimmy-rig one up.
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  14. Stephanie Slavy says:

    I was wondering if a diaper sprayer was really worth it. Now, I know! 🙂

  15. I’d get one if we weren’t renting, I wouldn’t want to take the chance of water leaking. I hate scraping poop off diapers! lol

  16. We’ll be starting solids soon and I don’t have a diaper sprayer. Some people swear by them and others do dunk and swish or use a poop spatula. I’ll see how it goes and if I’ll end up needing one!

  17. Jennifer A. says:

    Good to know that diaper sprayers are probably not the best bidets! I will be purchasing a diaper sprayer soon, and I think it’s going to make cloth diapering a lot easier! 😀

  18. I don’t have a sprayer but this post makes me think maybe I should! I’m just afraid I’d spray poop all over the floors, walls, etc.

  19. I’ve been cloth diapering for two years without a sprayer. In hindsight, it would have been easier and the investment would have been worth it by now. If we have another LO I will definitely get one.

  20. I bought one when my little was still exclusively breastfed and we didn’t need it. Then when she finally ate solids, she ate so much that her poops are all solid!

    Maybe I’ll get more use out of it next baby, but this baby I’ve only used it maybe three times in the last year.

    But it’s better to have it an not need in than not have it and really want it, for sure! 🙂


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