A wee problem indeed.
Smalls is just too small still to make it through every night dry. She really is just a slight thing and apparently this is quite the common issue. I am not telling tales out of school here to embarrass anyone, but to start a discussion about why on earth the changeable bed protectors are so bleeping expensive. When I was little, my mother had some very unfancy but effective rubber pads she topped the sheets with and that was it. Now when I went to buy some similar things for Clover, I was confronted with a scant two different brands both with options to buy ONE overly packaged, multi layered piece of hype for nearly $70 PLUS SHIPPING. I will need two as I am not going to be doing laundry in the middle of the night to pop the one pad I could afford back on. Eventually I found one of those on sale for $50.00 in a store. No shipping, bargain, huh? And it also came with a kit featuring a program and a chart!
Hogwash. Here is my program (after ensuring all is physically well): Don’t make a big deal out of it, support her until she grows out of it just like my mother did for me and in the mean time have a stack of rubber mats to rotate so you don’t have to change an entire top bunk (filled with more stuffed animals that real ones on the ark) at 3 in the morning.
So, I bought a big bathmat. One side is completely rubber coated. If it works, I will go and buy some more to swap out in the middle of the night. They are a whole lot comfier than what my mother used in the 70’s and a lot less expensive than what is out there to buy today. Those two companies make a point to install some fear in buying anything else out there because it might not be BPA free or what have you. I would just like to remind them that my child will be lying in pee on top of their mat, so who the F cares.
You know who does care? Clover’s sweet little twin brother. He is so darling and waited outside the unplanned early morning shower for her holding a towel. She got out and he wrapped it around her so she would not be cold. My heart exploded into a billion happy pieces. The fact that my camera was right there at 6AM was a beautiful thing.
Here is an outtake from the morning and don’t forget to go and check out the rest of the images on the collaborative blog that I am a part of weekly this year, Let The Wild Rumpus Last!
Have you found a less expensive option for something and felt awesome for it? Share!