Duct Taping Your Children {Guest Post}

Hi all and welcome to guest post Friday! Today’s guest post comes from Danielle at Busy Mom’s Helper. Please visit her blog after reading her cute post!! Thanks guys and enjoy! Here’s Danielle:

Hey everyone! I’m Danielle from Busy Mom’s Helper, and I’m so excited to be with you today! Thank you so much to Dana for letting me have a moment on her amazing blog 🙂 Today, I’m going to share with you one of my parenting dirty little secrets….

It’s that wonderful time of day again, an exhausting yet exciting time that we look forward to from the moment we awake in the morning. Yes, it’s bedtime. Time to gather any remaining energy you have left from your busy day into chasing, tackling, lotioning, dressing, and duct-taping your children. Wait a minute, did I just say duct-tape? Yes, I did: I duct-tape my children at bedtime.

Now, before you call child services in a panic, let me explain. Wonder Woman, when she was about 18 months old, got into the habit of removing her pj’s and diaper every night. You can imagine the resulting mess that awaited us each morning. It didn’t matter how many times we went in to check on her, re-dress, threaten or bribe her, by the time morning came the diaper was always off. Even if she was asleep fully clothed when we went to sleep, she would awaken during the night to strip.

I still wonder if she did it merely to see me pull my hair out day by day. Regardless of the reason, I had to find some way to keep my child, her crib, bedding and my walls, clean and dry. Someone suggested pjs that zip-up the back, where she can’t reach. At an amazing $20 a pop, this wasn’t an option I was eager to jump to unless absolutely necessary. Another mom shared that she uses safety pins to secure the zipper. I just wasn’t comfortable with my baby possibly harming herself with this; I’d rather clean up a mess.

After several weeks, I decided I needed just one morning with no cleaning and scrubbing, so I got our duct-tape, cut one slim strip that was just long enough to go once around the diaper waist, and secured it to Wonder Woman’s diaper. It didn’t touch her skin at all, wasn’t any more snug than her diaper, and could be easily removed, by an adult. Lo and behold, it was still on the next morning! I could handle the fact that she still removed her pajamas, but her diaper stayed securely around her every night, thanks to a small strip of duct-tape after lotioning at bedtime.

Much do my delight, she did outgrow this phase after about a year. Once my twins, Superman and Batman, hit that same 18 month mark, though, they both started in on the same messy disaster. Out came the duct-tape, and clean stayed my walls.

Just two weeks ago my youngest, Green Lantern, began the stripping tradition. How did I handle it? As you can guess, it’s DUCT TAPE TO THE RESCUE!!!

Have any of your children taken their diapers off at night and proceeded to make a mess? What solutions worked and/or didn’t work well for you?

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I’m a busy mom of four, wife to an amazing hubby, home manager, chef, cleaner, chauffeur….well, you know the usual job list that can come from being a mom! I share my love of cooking, crafting and parenting on my blog, and would love to have you give it a visit!

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Blog: BusyMomsHelper.com

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