If there’s one thing we feel like we’ve mastered in those early years of parenting, it’s changing nappies, right? We can change up to 12 a day, for many years, and we could (and have) done it with our eyes closed. So how would you feel if I told you we’ve been doing it wrong?
A shocked parent has shared on reddit that she’d been changing nappies wrong, and didn’t know all this time. “You’re supposed to scoop poop into the toilet before disposing it! I didn’t know!”
The questions begs to be asked, do you scoop when your baby poops?
In the United States, it is against federal regulations to put human waste in landfills, and this includes faeces in nappies. As a general rule, even in Australia, “the safest place for faecal matter is in a public sewage or private septic system, where it can be effectively processed and avoid coming in contact with the general public”.
It seems most parents are more about folding a nappy, with poop included, rather than scooping, but one reddit member said that scoopers definitely do exist, “I had a friend who would use a paddle pop stick and scrape it into the toilet.”
While another is definitely not keen on the idea, “I never would have had kids if I knew I was supposed to do this. I’m not gonna start doing it now.”
And many others were worried about the bacteria and disease that can be spread from not scooping the poop, “I got used to plopping poop in the toilet when I cloth diapered and we are using disposables right now so I just keep plopping the poop. Makes the trash can smell way less gross.”
SO, WHAT’S THE CORRECT WAY TO DISPOSE OF A NAPPY?
If you’re not already scooping the poop into the toilet, here is what is suggested parents do to maintain cleanliness and reduce bacteria in the waste system.
1. Dump or shake the faeces into the toilet and flush the toilet
2. Wrap the nappy into a tight ball, using the adhesive strips provided on the nappy
3. Place into a sealed container or bag, to reduce any offensive smells – particularly when outside of your home
4. Dispose of the nappy properly
5. Wash your hands
Now that you know, will you be scooping into the toilet when your baby poops?