I’m ecstatic to launch our new series, Toddler Tips. With each passing day, I find myself trying to solve some new challenge with raising four toddlers, aka “quaddlers”. They are a cunning lot who inspires a little ingenuity on my part (and George’s) just to manage day to day life. While my ideas are born from being surrounded by four toddlers, I think many of them could be helpful to any parents of little ones.
Dating all the way back to the days of the NICU, I can recall that all four of our children have peed in their bathwater. As soon as their little piggy toes make contact with the water, the flood gates open. When they were tiny infants it didn’t bother me too much. Perhaps because I expected the volume was small, or maybe because they were in the infant tub and got their own fresh water. Once they could sit up, we began pairing them up or even dunking all four in the same water. The thought of bathing in urine, especially someone else’s disgusts me.
Then the idea struck! Now, I dress them down to their diapers and stand them in the water for a few seconds before removing the diaper. Before I totally remove the diaper, I peel back the tabs just to make sure they’re done. Voila! No more pee pee in the water (they could tinkle a little more, but this prevents the flood gates at least). I always check for two minor details 1. check the diaper to make sure it’s not soiled 2. don’t let them sit prematurely.
Stay tuned for more toddler tips. There’s good stuff coming because necessity is the mother of invention! If you have any toddler tips of your own, I’d love to hear them. If I try a great one, I’ll feature it and give credit where it’s due. I’m always open to ingenious ideas.