To Spray or Not To Spray – That is the Question!
For 15 months we chose not to use a diaper sprayer out of pure frugality – I didn’t see the need to spend any money when our ‘system’ for dealing with poop was still working. Then one fine day a Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer (thanks Diapers, Etc) showed up in my mailbox and I HAD to give it a try. I immediately assumed my gender neutral position and decided that I could install this simple piece of plumbing equipment, right? Neither hubs or I are incredibly handy but the diaper sprayer came with all of the pieces and simple, easy to follow instructions to install.
I stepped into the bathroom and conducted a test – I turned off the water supply from behind the toilet and flushed to see if the tank emptied as the directions said it would. Then I flushed again, and again – HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM! We’ve feared for months now that we may have had a slight leak in the toilet (house was built in the 80′s and the bathrooms are ANCIENT!) – this confirmed my fear. We’ve talked for months about completely over hauling both bathrooms to make them a little more modern (and a little less Florida Grandma style) but we are stingy with our money and keep putting it off (OK – we’re lazy)!
So for weeks this beautiful diaper sprayer sat in a basket above the toilet waiting for the day I would fix our leak. Oddly enough about a month later we experienced another leaky situation – our kitchen sink sprung a leak that needed to be repaired immediately! When talking with the repairman (who happens to be a family friend) I asked about the other leaks in the house and how difficult it would be to fix those while we’re at it. So one fine summer day we finally got all of our leaks repaired – and a new kitchen sink to boot! He was even kind enough to install my lovely diaper sprayer for me – which according to him “took him seconds to install.”
Now I have a diaper sprayer that still sits peacefully in the bathroom waiting to be used. It’s installed but it rarely get’s used – at least to the capacity I would have anticipated it being used. There are two issues that arise really:
1. My daughter RARELY poops at home! She is at a babysitters house all day and LOVES to poop at her house. She will honestly hold in her poop all weekend when she is home with us so she can poop at the sitters. It’s actually not a bad problem to have – afterall no one really enjoys poop do they?
2. FORCE! The force behind the diaper sprayer is actually incredibly strong. It seems like everytime I use it I struggle to keep the water IN the toilet – leaving me with a wet messy bathroom to clean up. This is actually a ”Like” and a “Dislike” – the extra force really helps remove that sticky nasty in-between solid poop.
I guess I’m a “No Spray” girl - we normally use flushable liners in our diapers, especially if she’s been holding it in for a while. That way most of the poop can be removed with a simple plop into the toilet. Then whatever is left gets rinsed off in the sink (and yes, I’ll sanitize the sink when I’m done) before I put the diaper in the dirty pail. Maybe if we had started with the sprayer in the early days of easy, breastfeeding poop it may have come in handy.
Diapers, Etc: I realized after doing some homework on Diapers, Etc that they are actually a local company – they are located in Lutz, FL. They sell a variety of cloth diapers, diapering accessories and an assortment of organic and eco-friendly baby products.
BUY IT: Want to buy your own diaper sprayer and judge for yourself, visit Diapers, Etc. The Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer sells for $43.99 – add a few new cloth diapers to your order to be eligible for free shipping on orders over $75.
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