Stinky Diaper Solutions

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Uh! Oh!  You smell that too, don’tcha!?

You’re at a friend’s house and baby drops a bomb.  Besides leaving immediately, and suggesting they open every window in the house, here are a few things to try:

1. Carry doggie poop bags everywhere you go, you’ll need them.  If you’re visiting an understanding mommy, ask her which trash can to use, and PLEASE seal up that stink bomb nice and tight.  In every other case, double or triple seal up that sucker, and stick back in your diaper bag for later disposal.

2. Have a mini bottle of herbal spray in the diaper bag, leave a spritz behind.

3. After changing a stinky little person, often their clothes still smell bad, even when freshly changed.  That’s because it clings to not only your nose hairs, but also the fabric of their clothes.  Have some lightly scented baby vaseline or diaper rash cream in the diaper bag.  After a change, baby smells fresh again!

4.  Make sure you have a change pad, blanket, towel or take off your shirt and lay it on the furniture before you change baby.  We’ve all been there, when we find a surprise blow out.  Your friend does not need leftovers on her new white couch.

5.  If you’re low on wipes, and have a messy situation, take the cleanest part of the diaper (usually the front) and use it to do a thorough wipe front to back.  This should get the majority cleaned off.

6.  Limit your kid’s intake of dry fruit to a small handful a day, unless you’re prepared to change tomorrow’s diaper outside.

7.  If you’re sleeping over, and are questioning your kid’s ability to keep the guest bed dry, please pick up GoodNites bed mats, they are in the diaper section.  Have at least one of these in your diaper bag at all times.  They pick up anything wet, including a whole juice box from your carseat.  They are also good for long car trips, stick one under “potty trained” kids.

Potty Training … is not for the squeamish

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This is a good description of how Caleb felt about infant potty training.  Surprisingly though, after a few times of putting him on the potty on a regular basis, making a “sssshhhh” sound, and doing an excited dance, he got it.  Poor guy had really sensitive skin, and taking him out of diapers for a little while seemed to help.

…….however, it is not super convenient to find a bathroom every hour on the hour.  So once his diaper rash healed up, back into huggies he went.

We waited until Caleb was close to 20 months to try again.  I locked him, the dog, the baby and I in our tiny kitchen, and pretty much spent the next 12 hours cleaning up pee.  He had absolutely no idea that pee was coming out.

IMG_3456 … no one was super impressed.  So we decided to wait another couple months.

When he was about 22 months, we did the whole lock down in the kitchen thing, and tried again.  This time, I was nervous about the mess involved so I hired a helper who was absolutely amazing at keeping us all sane.  This time, it was an amazing success.  Little boy realized very quickly that if he peed on the potty he’d get a smartie.  I know I am truly blessed because we had no challenges with going #2.  He ate a ton of candy that day, but is there any better reason to give your kid a wicked dose of poison?

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We still do use overnight diapers, even if they’re mostly dry and if we’re on a really long road trip we may line his carseat with a GoodNites Bedmat.  Also, occasionally Mr Man can get a little sloppy, but a couple of days getting a smartie or a sticker for potty success usually gets him right back on track.

…….. so we’ve successfully potty trained one little guy.  Now I’m an expert right *snort*.  We’ll be attempting to potty train little princess in about 6 months.  We’ll see how smoothly that goes!  I have recently discovered that Pull-ups has some really fun Apps for kids potty training… well for the age group in question.

Backpacks, not just for high schoolers

For the last few years, I’ve been struggling along using a free diaper bag that I got with my pump.  medelafreestylebreastpump-1

(I love my Medela freestyle pump.  The bag is just not ideal for every day outings.)

 

As we’re about to welcome another baby to our little crew, I think it might be time to upgrade.  The main issues I’m trying to resolve are wanting use of both arms/hands at all times (heck, I could use a few more arms, not less) and that my shoulder diaper bag is constantly sliding off my shoulder and knocking over one of my littles.

 

I’ve been looking around the internet universe, because, really who has time to go to a store anymore, to find a backpack that’ll carry stuff for the 3 year old, the 1 year old and new baby.  But I still want it to be cute, and it can’t be crazy expensive.  These are my favourites,

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1. Ying ying for kids, $70 CAD, amazon.ca

2. Lassig, $148 CAD, amazon.ca

3. Ying Ying for kids (brown dot for fashion), $62.50 CAD, amazon.ca

4. Ju-Ju-Be Be right back backpack, $140 USD, zappos.com

I think I might be leaning towards #3, they have a blue polka dot version too, which might be really adorable.  Coincidence that it’s the least expensive on the list…. I’ll never tell.