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When our first child, Penny, was 4 months old, my husband and I took her with us to shop for a new dishwasher. Half of the dirty dishes in our house were Penny’s bottles, so I figured she should come along for the decision.
Once we hit the aisles, she got fussy, so I picked her up from the stroller and took her for a walk, leaving my husband behind to sort out our options. As we walked the store, I noticed folks checking us out. Yeah, she’s super cute, I thought. You should totally be jealous.
Then, I felt it. Something was dripping off of my arm. My little angel had pooped all over me. And I mean All. Over. Me. Turns out, people were horrified by us, not enamored.
We were light-years from the stroller at that point, so I ran to the bathroom. But without my diaper bag full of everything I could ever need, I was a wreck: No wipes?! What do I do? My baby cooed. A woman in a nearby stall gagged.
And then it clicked. I’m not sure how it happened, really, but there were paper towels involved, and in the end, my baby was sparkling clean and wearing her shirt as a diaper. I was a freaking ninja. Best mom ever.
I hugged my sweet girl close to me, and she immediately barfed down the front of my shirt. Welp.
I may have left my dignity at Home Depot that day, but I did learn a lesson: No matter how well you pack your diaper bag, you can never be prepared for everything. But you’ll get through it. And one day, when your baby becomes a high schooler, you’ll use your stories to embarrass her in front of friends. And that’s what parenthood’s all about, right?
Assuming you’re home and not improvising on the run, here’s the ideal way to change a diaper!
Engineer Eric Schuh, based in Michigan, developed a USB-looking keychain that lights up if a diaper is wet. The user just places the sensor up to the diaper and a light turns on if it senses wet fabric. Yep, it’s that simple.
According to the demonstration video, the device works through a fully-clothed child, as well. Say goodbye to these days of undressing your bundled-up child or waking up your sleeping baby.
Schuh placed the model up for auction on Kickstarter on Jan. 21 asking for $500 to get the project off the ground. To date, more than $5,500 has already been pledge and bidding is still open through Feb. 20. An individual device is going for $12 and expected delivery is between February and March. Schuh did note one setback though: he hasn’t been able to experiment on all forms of diaper-clothing combos.
As dirty diaper detection technology becomes available, is this something you’d invest in? Tell us in the comment section below.
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How to Change a Diaper
Image: Baby crawling and playing with pile of diaper via Shuttertock
With Halloween only a few weeks away, it’s about to get really busy for the entire family. The good news is that retailers are releasing their best deals earlier than they have historically done because of the shorter holiday shopping period this year. In fact, we’re starting to see those great offers now.
Here are this week’s top five deals you can use for your entire family:
If you have a baby, take advantage of an offer from Diapers.com and save 20% on your diaper purchase. You can even combine this coupon with sale prices for an even better deal. Use coupon code GOSHOPAFF. Expires 12/31/2013.
Do you need to buy a couple of sweaters, pants, long sleeved shirts for the entire family? Or a mixer in which to make your favorite holiday treats? Save 20% off any order over $100 at Kohl’s. Use coupon code CARAMEL. Expires 10/27/2013.
Stock up on winter indoor activities (or get a jump start on that Christmas list!) by saving $3 off select Hasbro games at Target. If your purchase goes over $50, click through this link first to save an additional $5 off your entire purchase, then add coupon code SAVE3GAMES at checkout to get the $3 off as well. Expires 10/27/2013.
Want to know the instant your baby pees? There’s an app for that. No, really. There is an app for that — in Brazil.
Huggies Brazil recently announced Huggies TweetPee, a small humidity-detecting sensor that looks like an owl and clips onto Baby’s diaper. Once your baby pees, the sensor will send you a tweet telling you it’s time to change your little guy’s diaper.
The accompanying TweetPee iPhone app uses the sensor to help you keep track of how quickly your babe goes through diapers and lets you order Huggies diapers when your supply runs low.
Check out the Huggies TweetPee video (in Portugese):
Huggies is only testing the product with four parents and will expand that number to 10 in July, ABCNews says. The company hasn’t announced plans to release this product in North America, but if it were available here, would you use it? Tell us in the comments below.
Should Babies Be Allowed to ‘Cry It Out’?
Hands down, the biggest mom fight I ever witnessed involved two Upper West Side parents debating the pros and cons of the “cry-it-out” sleep method right before a Mommy and Me class. The young instructor, who appeared ready to cry it out herself, had to break up the fight so she could start class. (via CNN)
Children’s Complex Thinking Skills Begin Before Going to School
New research at the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that children begin to show signs of higher-level thinking skills as young as age 4 ½. Researchers have previously attributed higher-order thinking development to knowledge acquisition and better schooling, but the new longitudinal study shows that other skills, not always connected with knowledge, play a role in the ability of children to reason analytically. (via Science Daily)
Diapers Hinder Walking in Babies
It’s a given that most babies wear diapers, in western cultures anyway. But diapers may trap more than waste—they may also confine a baby’s ability to walk. Scientists compared the walking gaits of 60 babies who were either naked, wore a thin disposable diaper or a thick cloth diaper. Half the babies were 13-month old novice walkers and the other half 19-month old experienced walkers. (via Scientific American)
New Florida Bills Would Make Gun and Ammo Taxes Pay for School Security
In the wake of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, one Florida lawmaker wants to make gun owners foot the bill for students’ safety. Friday Rep. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) filed HB 325, which dictates mandatory guidance counseling for students in school safety issues, widens gun prohibition from school buildings to a “safety zone” within 500 feet of a school, and allows anyone to “check” their firearm with officials when they arrive at school to avoid prosecution. (via Huffington Post)
Fontana School Rifles: California Schools Get High-Powered Colt 6940 Guns
The high-powered semiautomatic rifles recently shipped to school police in this Southern California city look like they belong on a battlefield rather than in a high school, but officials here say the weapons could help stop a massacre like the one that claimed the lives of 26 students and educators in Connecticut just weeks ago. (via Huffington Post)
Luckily, Weston, Conn. mom Jennifer Roh recently launched Diaper Bag Dailies to help make diapering duty as seamless as possible for all parents.
Roh drew from her own experience with children–she has two young boys ages 3 and 15 months–to design pre-packaged themed diaper kits filled with daily diaper bag essentials like diapers (of course), hand sanitizer wipes, and diaper cream. All kits are also accompanied with reusable inserts such as baby bodysuits, pacifiers, and nail files.
The eight themes on sale include: crib sheets, sick kid, airplane, sun & swim, green & organic, potty training, and snack. The kits retail between $26 and $32 and include special items appropriate to each theme. The sick kid kit includes extra diapers, the airplane kit throws in a ready-made formula in a 2 oz. bottle (TSA-approved!), while the sun & swim kit includes swim diapers and sunscreen. An additional twins kit retails for $40 and includes double the basic items.
Parents can select their preferred diaper brand (Huggies or Pampers), formula brand if it applies to the kit (Enfamil Premium or Similac Advance), and diaper size. Diaper Bag Dailies provides alleviation to the stress associated with diaper duty that can be well worth the price. And if you really love it, a subscription to Diaper Bag Dailies ensures automatic refills–so that you’ll never have to worry about last-minute diaper purchases again.