It has to be the most unnerving sight, to walk into your child’s room only to see them diaperless and covered in their own feces. It’s a sight I have become all too familiar with. When my son Kaiden was 22 months old, he managed to smash poop into the carpet of his bedroom during a time out. Clearly he was wise well beyond his years, because he figured out the ONLY way I would never isolate him ever again, even for a time out. Kaiden is four now and doesn’t play with poop, but my 20 month-old Elle has discovered the freedom in taking her diaper off.
Elle has mastered the art of slipping out of every form of clothing and inevitably her diaper. It became commonplace to scrub her down and wash all bedding after a nap because she got a hold of “the goods.” My husband and I tried everything to keep her clothed, but any zipper, button, or snap combination was no match for Elle. The girl is smart. Seriously.
One day my husband decided he had enough. He was sweaty and flushed from running around doing a load of laundry, disinfecting the crib, and bathing Elle, when the GENIUS idea of “pajamas with a zipper in the back” popped into his head. PAJAMAS WITH A ZIPPER IN THE BACK!!! Of course! How did we not come up with this fairly obvious solution? Surely we just discovered a multi-million dollar idea. I started looking into patents and planning where we’ll buy our first vacation home. But my dreams were short lived when we realized this invention already exists. Yes, and for $19.99 + shipping, you can own one “sleeper keeper.” My husband’s reaction? “Buy 10 of them, I don’t even care. I’m not dealing with this sh…” Whoa Whoa Whoa, let’s not be irrational now. If you know me, then you know I won’t even pay $19.99 for True Religion jeans. So obviously the “sleeper keeper” is out.
Well, well, well what do you know?! All it took was a pair of sciscors and we had 10 “sleeper keepers” in the drawer aready! How I love coming up with solutions that are free and effective.
Elle, get out of the trash can.