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The Duct Tape is in the Linen Closet

My husband is (jokingly, I hope) writing a parenting series entitled "The Merciless Discipline Guide to Parenting."  Book One is to be entitled "Duct Tape:  The Only Parenting Tool You'll Ever Need"...  well, I don't know that it's the only tool that we'll ever need with four little monsters ruling our roost, but we're certainly finding more uses for duct tape every day, that's for sure.

Ellie, for example, has taken to removing her pajamas after we've put her to bed.  And hey, once you've removed your pajamas, well, you may as well remove your diaper, right?  Ah, sweet freedom!  Who wouldn't want such luxurious freedom?  Most nights, we would find her like the picture below, diaper discarded with wild abandon:


If you look closely enough in this picture, you can see that Ellie not only took off her pajama bottoms and diaper, but she also peed all over her crib sheet and accoutrements.  Poor baby; we had to wake her up and change her crib and her clothes and take her beloved bear away from her to be washed.  She was sleepy, though, so she cooperated really well.

This happened a couple times before we broke out the duct tape to tape her diapers on during bed time. 

Unfortunately, it didn't *quite* occur to us that naptime and bedtime are roughly equivalent in a toddler's mind.  And yesterday I went into the nursery to rescue the kids from naptime.  I walked in and Abby giggled and handed me a diaper.  Huh?  A diaper?  Where did this come from?  *Gasp*  The girls were wearing little sundresses yesterday - easy access to their diapers.  Drat.  Clearly, Abby had learned to take her diaper off also!  Ah well.  

I pulled Abby out of her crib and went to put a new diaper on her when I realized...  she hadn't just pulled her diaper off... she'd pooped in her bed!  Gah!  This was something Ellie hadn't managed yet.  Le Sigh.  I got a new diaper onto Abby and moved on to the next baby.  Ellie grinned up at me and dropped a sopping wet diaper over the side of her crib.  Thud.  Thanks, Ellie.  At least *she* contained all of her bodily functions to the diaper.  Sam, bless him, was still fully clothed and diapered when I got to his crib.  Whew.

When I called Seth (he was working) to tell him what I'd discovered at the end of naptime, he chuckled as he said:

The Duct Tape is in the Linen Closet! 

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buildin_a_bayis From: buildin_a_bayis Date: May 26th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
What a nightmare. Can't you get the dresses that come with the little panties?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 26th, 2009 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes. She takes the panties off.
yeishlitikvah From: yeishlitikvah Date: May 26th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)

I can only imagine what fun and nachas they bring into your life every day.

I missed the pish in the ellie pic, until I read the story. I was thinking aww what a cute tush.

I'll have to remember to register for cases of duct tape. But I should be careful my mike seems to think he'll be using plastic bags to schlep the baby.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 26th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, they're pretty awesome. And it hasn't happened enough to be totally agravating yet... but gosh have we been doing a LOT of laundry!
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: May 26th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
there's another trick to this: cut the feet off a pair of footie pajamas (preferably one size too small) and put them on backwards.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 26th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC) (Link)
the problem with that is that Ellie and Abby move their cribs together and then unzip each other. Plus, the duct tape works.
From: have_inner_lady Date: May 26th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my goodness! They are SO SMART to cooperate like that!

I never before realized that raising multiple children isn't X times the amount of work as a singleton; you're actually raising a TEAM (that is sometimes against you, it seems). OH. Good grief!

*head spins at the notion*
cellio From: cellio Date: May 26th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess it's a good thing parents don't use diaper pins any more.

Duct tape sounds like the right answer to me! But that's easy for a non-parent to say. :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 26th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Duct tape is a pretty common trick for parents with this problem to use. You see it on the triplet message boards all the time. That, and the footie pajamas backwards trick that mrn613 mentions above.

Yeah, diaper pins with triplets would be a NIGHTMARE. I don't know how anyone did it back in the day. Then again, triplets were a lot less common back in the day...
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: May 26th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope you don't mind that I find that hysterical. Sarah loves taking her diapers off too, I hadn't considered duct tape, but now... well...let's just say I'll keep it in mind should the need/opportunity arise again... heh
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 26th, 2009 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
yes, it is hysterical. We aren't upset about it per se, and it IS funny. It's just... a lot of laundry because - well, it's more than ONE baby doing it! Once Sam figures out the joke, well, that's a LOT of laundry! :) The duct tape trick is one you see ALL over the triplet message boards. For some reason, multiples have a particular propensity for taking off diapers (and smearing poop on walls - which mine haven't done yet - and I hope I never get to find out about)
yermie From: yermie Date: May 26th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought I'd already shown you this...

From the website: Irony Central

I thought Duct tape was mentioned in there somewhere...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 26th, 2009 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. I don't remember you showing me that, but now I know!

Duct tape is ESSENTIAL!
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: May 26th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, that is one cute little tushie! Hey, look on the bright side, fresh air means less diaper rash, right?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 26th, 2009 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
come to think of it, Ellie is the one particularly prone to diaper rash and her rate of diaper rash HAS gone down since her habit of doing this has gone up...

And yes, definitely one cute little tushie! :) (that's why I couldn't help but take a picture!)
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: May 26th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
HA! i'm glad you have pictorial proof ;)
childlight From: childlight Date: May 26th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alex is only 4 months so we haven't gotten to this stage yet. But several years ago my dog was attacked by an unknown animal in our fenced in yard. She had some very serious wounds that required she stay bandaged for 6 weeks. The bandage went from her front legs to her back legs around her body. But she would use her back foot to dig into the bandage and pull it loose. We finally replaced her bandage then wrapped an old towel around it and wrapped it in duct tape. It was the only thing that worked.
From: have_inner_lady Date: May 26th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't count how many times I had to deal with poop in the bed. I hope this is the last time you will have to... but that would surprise me. Sorry...
caryabend From: caryabend Date: May 26th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh My. :)
hopeness From: hopeness Date: May 26th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
We used to put masking tape on the kids' diapers in the toddler room ALL the time. 'Coz when it's 5:1 you just can't deal with kids that know how to remove their diapers (we also used the diapers as a message board, we would write "I need more diapers at daycare" so the parents couldn't miss seeing it when the supplies were getting low).

gishmak From: gishmak Date: May 28th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
what a cute tushie!! how adorable! I've also had my turn with poop on the crib...ick! But at least it wasn't a habit. Can they open the snaps on the bottom of onesies?
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