Lesson #16: Put Your Baby to Bed Wearing TWO Diapers
Last night I was talking with some mom-friends who were all sharing their nighttime diaper woes - i.e. trying every size, shape, and variety of diaper out there; but still, somehow, waking up to a soaked baby every morning... Apparently, it is a common problem; but I think we might just have this one figured out folks. (Yes, I realize I just totally broke the cardinal rule of parenthood - I'll pay tonight, I'm sure.)
Anyway, if there is anything important to Jeff & I in life it is sleep, so solving a problem that kept our boy from sleeping as long as possible, was priority A1A from the very beginning. We, too, tried lots of things to stop the overnight leakage; but the only thing we have found that works is to put Sam to bed wearing two diapers. There is nothing fancy or complicated about this approach. We use the same size/absorbency/etc. as we always do, but we double up at night. Plain, simple, and EFFECTIVE.
I can't remember exactly when we first started doing this; but, it has been a long time (my guess is that he was around 4 months old). Since then, the only times he has woken up wet are on the rare nights when we "chance" it to see if perhaps he has outgrown the problem. So far, it's a no go.
Before I shared this with my friends last night, it never occurred to me that we were doing anything novel; but they were super impressed (haha, the things you get excited about in motherhood), so I thought I'd share it with you too. Hey, no one likes changing sheets every single morning.
It's the little lessons too.
Here's a bonus one for you: Layer your baby's bed: mattress pad, sheet, mattress pad, sheet so you can simply strip off the top two layers after middle-of-the-night "accidents" instead of having to totally change the sheets. (I never particularly liked this one, because I still thought it was a lot of work; but, it is good in theory.)
What "little lessons" or tricks of the trade do you rely on? Please share!
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This post is part of a series for 31 Days of Change hosted by The Nester. To see my other "lessons," click here.