How to Avoid Blow-Outs: Batten the Hatches, There’s a Poonami in the Forecast!
Remember the Trapper Keeper? You used it when you had an abundance of papers, to keep them from flying every which way. This post is about the product I refer to as the ‘Pooper Keeper’. Same concept, different medium. Really, they could even use the same tagline. (See photo.)
Those of you who have been following along are aware of my younger son’s tendency to…’spread the wealth’, let’s say, as often as two or three times a day. I mean, this kid ‘distributes’ poop the way Gallagher ‘distributes’ watermelons.
The kid is an artist. Think Jackson Pollock on a clothing canvas. And thorough, too. When he’s done, he usually manages to hit every body part from neck roll to baby cankle, filling every crevice and pocket along the way. And by the time we’ve stripped him down, we generally manage to add head, hair and toenails to the list. Holy crap-cakes, Batman! KABOOM! PLOP! BIFF!
So I went on some parenting boards and asked around. Somebody must have found a solution that doesn’t involve more daily wardrobe changes than a Kardashian on a cruise ship. And, yay internet, I found an answer. Three parents gave me the same advice: put a diaper cover (you know, the ones used over cloth diapers) over his disposable diaper. (Yes, I’m sure I could just use cloth diapers, but no.)
I was skeptical, and I wasn’t looking to buy more ‘stuff and things’, as the toddler would say. Yup, between the two boys, we’re already all full up. But after a couple more epic blow-outs, I went on Amazon.com and bought this for $12.75:
This brand was recommended by two of the three parents: Thirsties Duo Snap Wrap. There are only two sizes, Size 1 (6-18 lbs) and Size 2 (18-40 lbs), so at least, if I have to buy another baby product, they will last a while. Of course, we had to buy Size 2. JC is almost 25 pounds, the size of your average 20 month old. Did I tell you he’s only 6 months old? Yeah. I know. I’ve mentioned it in other posts; he’s super-sized (Stay Puft, Baby!). But that’s what great about this product – it fits Mega-baby!
We’re on day 5 as I write this post. At his last change, I fastened seventeen closures: 2 diaper tabs, 4 Thirsties snaps, 3 bodysuit snaps, and since he was wearing a one-piece outfit, 8 pants snaps. And a partridge in a pear tree.
And that’s still better than an impromptu shower and change of clothes for both of us. As a matter of fact, it’s working so well that I haven’t even had to change baby’s clothes all week. Not that I would ever leave the kid in the same clothes for more than 24 hours…72 at most… Though if you think about it, average in all the clothing changes from prior blowouts, I’d still be well over 1 outfit/day…hmmmmm.
So, things are going great with our new ‘Pooper Keeper’. And though we’re due for 2 feet of snow outside this weekend, we’re looking at a dry forecast on the changing table for the foreseeable future.
Author’s Note: As with all of my recommendations, no one has asked me to endorse this product. The company that makes it has never heard of me, and I’m not particularly sure they’d be fond of my review anyhow. I just want to pass along a great tip to other parents having a craptastic time with diapering, as it was passed on to me.
Do you have any diapering tricks to share? Please comment below.