Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Unpredictable Bed Changing's for Little Ones

On my day off from work today I hoped for maybe a more calm morning to start the day, but Sarah definitely got things off with a bang, or shall I say a blow up.

Sarah over the past six months has been so interested in taking off her pajamas and pants rather regularly to strip off her diaper, and we are currently in the potty training phase but not quite there yet too. I understand that at Sarah’s age taking on and off her clothes is a developmental milestone but did it have to involve my child who seems to like to poop just at the time she wants to remove her diaper?

I even started putting Sarah in a onesie under her pajamas at night, which has worked out well. She many times would wake up in the morning and take the jammies off but still be in the onesie not having yet mastered the buttons underneath.

When I would run out of onesies having not been able to get to laundry as quickly as I would like to I would resort to putting t-shirts over her jammies. The latter worked well for a while, except until this morning. Sarah hasn't really been able to get shirts over her head or out of the arms holes yet.

So, this morning, Sarah decided, the monkey that she is, to wiggle her way out of her pajamas without removing the t-shirt and did so successfully standing without her diaper and her sheets and body covered in poop.

So, you can image, rubbing my eyes still trying to wake up, I was fully alert at this point. Ugh.

This is the first time that Sarah has done this and this is the second time in the past week I have had to change sheets while being very sleepy. Last week the culprit was puke when Sarah got sick with a 24-hour bug that started with throw up in her bed at 5:00am.

It is funny how sometimes the details of the story must be told first before the message is revealed. If you can imagine there is a silver lining in this situation, if you can even see it at this moment.

I highly recommend to all parents with young children either due to curious minds, uncontrollable bladders or sick moments to have a hypo-allergenic plastic covering underneath the sheet covering the entire mattress. Despite the top sheet and blankets getting soiled in these situations the mattress remains untainted. Just removing the sheet and wiping it down with cleaner the mattress cover then makes bed changing’s somewhat easier especially in the middle of the night or on sleep mornings when you are not fully awake.

I have even read in many parenting magazines that it's also worth considering two sets of bed linens and mattress covers so that if you remove the first sheet and cover you have a clean set underneath. Since we use a full, all around mattress cover due to allergies this doesn’t quite work well for me. It actually makes more work to get the mattress cover off. I feel that one mattress cover has been sufficient as the effort to remove the mattress cover does require some work. Nonetheless, a waterproof mattress cover is highly suggested, whether it is one or two sets, so that clean up with our little ones in these instances is somewhat easier for all.


  1. I just thought I'd share something else with you. One Step Ahead (and I'm sure others) sell a waterproof mattress pad that is a large square. I use this OVER my regular full waterproof mattress pad (under the sheet) - especially helpful during the potty training phase when changing the bed linens almost becomes daily for a short time. I love it!! Most of the time, you just have to pull the square off and replace that - it USUALLY catches the mess and is easy to change. Like I said, I put it UNDER the sheet - they don't on their website. It never stayed right for me.
    Here's a link to it:
    http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=6773&cmSource=Search Hope it helps!

  2. Thanks Heidi. This is such great feedback.

  3. Our waterproof mattress pads are one of the best investments we've ever made! I feel your pain...we went through an approximate 6 month period where our twins became experts at removing their clothes and diapers and poop painting in their beds. We finally resorted to wrapping packing tape all the way around their waists to keep their diapers on...and can you believe they even figured out how to get that off. There were weeks that I had to wipe down and sanitize TWO cribs every single day, sometimes more than once. I thought I would die. I tried everything to get them to stop, and one day...they just stopped.


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