Metafilter Diaper Delivery April 13, 2011 11:40 AM   Subscribe

Dear Metafilter, way to make a pregnant woman having a bad day cry.

Toddler Zizzle was sick over the weekend, stayed home from daycare on Monday with Dr.Enormous, was fine yesterday, and had a terribly sleepless night last night. I have been up for 12 hours now. This morning when I was somehow more functional, I noticed we had two diapers.

Two.

Dr.E is a high school teacher. He had to leave for work before any stores opened. It is also raining out. Like, pouring, where we are. And we only have one car. I'd have had to walk a mile in the wet, cold rain with a coughing toddler to get diapers. I put in a Peapod delivery, but it won't come until sometime between 4 and 6 this afternoon.

And to make matters worse, I have two big events coming up at work, and I have been working from home in addition to taking care of a sick toddler. I am working on two cups of coffee and home fries that I made at 9 am.

I sent out an SOS to my dad who has clients near where we live and was in the area today. He was going to come by this morning but was held up longer than expected. I put out an SOS on my FB and on my LJ. KathrynT put out an SOS for me on her LJ, which Madamina saw.

Madamina called me and said, "I hear you're having a bad day." And I said, "Yeah...I kinda am." She asked what type of diapers I needed and an hour later, a taxi pulled into my driveway with diapers. Toddler Zizzle had gone three hours without a diaper --- the first spent in a long bath, the second two running around naked --- and without peeing on anything. As soon as I put a Metafilter delivered diaper on him, he made good use of it.

So, there you have it, Metafilter, you have made this pregnant lady home with a sick toddler with no diapers on a truly craptastic day break down into some serious tears. Especially because Dr.E has to run off to deal with Registry of Motor Vehicles stuff after school and my dad is still caught up with clients, potentially having left me diaperless until well into the evening --- fine for potty training, not fine for a sickie.

(And I know those Mefites close to me would totally have delivered diapers, too, but I know most of you are working and wouldn't be able to for awhile, but I know you would have).

I love you, Metafilter! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
posted by zizzle to MetaFilter-Related at 11:40 AM (102 comments total) 96 users marked this as a favorite

Awwwwwwwww.

truly craptastic

Thankfully not until the diapers got delivered!
posted by kmz at 11:45 AM on April 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Aww, you're pregnant, too? Damn. Glad I could help.

I had a bad night last night thanks to the remnants of my cold, and I was feeling a bit spacy this morning. But I feel a little better knowing that I accomplished something today :)

*hughughug*
posted by Madamina at 11:45 AM on April 13, 2011 [44 favorites]


People are awesome.
posted by schmod at 11:45 AM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Awwww, that's fantastic. Yay to KathrynT and Madamina! And congrats on the impending! :)
posted by zarq at 11:46 AM on April 13, 2011


Now this is what I call proper use of MetaTalk. Kudos to all involved.
posted by Gator at 11:47 AM on April 13, 2011


We get an email every time there's a new Metatalk post, and so in my inbox what I saw was that there was a new metatalk and that it started out with this:

Dear Metafilter, way to make a pregnant woman having a bad day cry...

And I was like, goddammit, what happened now.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:47 AM on April 13, 2011 [219 favorites]


cortex: " And I was like, goddammit, what happened now."

And then, the post made with the Schmoopy.

At ease, Sir Mod.
posted by zarq at 11:49 AM on April 13, 2011 [11 favorites]


Even supermom needs help some times.
posted by Cranberry at 11:50 AM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Got it, so the next time someone's threadshitting, call Madamina.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:50 AM on April 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


I had the same initial reaction as cortex. Nice to see an actual happy story inside.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:54 AM on April 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


shakespeherian: "Got it, so the next time someone's threadshitting, call Madamina."

Who will show up armed with the MetaDiapers?
posted by zarq at 11:56 AM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


fuck yes, metafilter peeps.
posted by rmd1023 at 12:01 PM on April 13, 2011


We get an email every time there's a new Metatalk post, and so in my inbox what I saw was that there was a new metatalk and that it started out with this:

Dear Metafilter, way to make a pregnant woman having a bad day cry...


I thought "oh, no, something terrible happened." But it was happy news, and brightened my day as well.
posted by cp311 at 12:02 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I was all ready to Throw About Harsh Words to whomever would make a pregnant woman cry (never mind having a bad day; one should never make a pregnant woman cry). Now I'm glad I don't have to Throw About Harsh Words, but sort of bummed that I don't get to.
posted by cooker girl at 12:02 PM on April 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


Too cool
posted by angrycat at 12:05 PM on April 13, 2011


cooker girl? In the same vein (help a fellow mefite out), you may throw one or two - three tops - at me. I can take it - I'm not pregnant, nor is my toddler out of diapers. Or even extant. :)
posted by likeso at 12:06 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nthing my relief to see that this post turned out schmoopy. Yay Team Metafilter for helping out!
posted by immlass at 12:09 PM on April 13, 2011


KathrynT and I met as mods of a large (pre-Ravelry) knitting forum in which I believe Godwin's Law came up on multiple occasions.

So, really, we're prepared for anything.
posted by Madamina at 12:10 PM on April 13, 2011 [8 favorites]


I felt a great disturbance in the grey, as if thousands of Internet combatants suddenly cried out in anger and were suddenly silenced. I fear something wonderful has happened.
posted by FishBike at 12:11 PM on April 13, 2011 [33 favorites]


And I was like, goddammit, what happened now.

Man, me too.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:16 PM on April 13, 2011 [9 favorites]


The schmoopy is strong with this one...
posted by owtytrof at 12:17 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is a wonderful metatalk palate cleanser. Thank you to everyone involved.
posted by victoriab at 12:17 PM on April 13, 2011


I really love this story. Here is my happy tears/diaper miracle story: last month my sister was arrested so I came to NY to babysit her 12-month-old daughter while she was in jail. The baby pooped, I reached into the diaper bag to grab a new one and there were NO MORE DIAPERS. It was about 10 PM and I was without a car and definitely not within walking distance of a store. I took a clean hand towel, lined it with three thin maxi pads, and used some snug-fitting pants to secure the whole thing around the baby's diaper area. Then I put the baby to bed. In the three hours it took for my aunt to come home with some diapers the baby STAYED DRY, just like the obviously gifted Toddler Zizzle and lo, as soon as I put a real diaper on her she made use of it with great haste.
posted by kate blank at 12:19 PM on April 13, 2011 [11 favorites]


From bustin' up international human trafficking rings to freeing members lock in their rooms to practical tips for covert corpse disposal, now to diaper delivery. Is there anything this community can't do?
posted by barrett caulk at 12:20 PM on April 13, 2011 [10 favorites]


KathrynT and I met as mods of a large (pre-Ravelry) knitting forum in which I believe Godwin's Law came up on multiple occasions.

It doesn't really shock me anymore, but I remember being very surprised when I first learned about how contentious knitting can be.
posted by kmz at 12:21 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Cool awesome beans.
posted by iconomy at 12:21 PM on April 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


MetaDiapers: more inside
posted by MrMoonPie at 12:22 PM on April 13, 2011 [26 favorites]


Okay, I don't have children. But couldn't you have just tied/pinned an old t-shirt around the little one's butt? I could have delivered a few.
posted by Plutor at 12:30 PM on April 13, 2011


Psh, Saved By The Bell taught me how to make a diaper out of a t-shirt.
posted by litnerd at 12:33 PM on April 13, 2011


Well done yous. Bows all round.
posted by bonehead at 12:33 PM on April 13, 2011


Jinx, Plutor.
posted by litnerd at 12:33 PM on April 13, 2011


So remember, kids: Always flag before you move on.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:34 PM on April 13, 2011


Plutor, I tied an old onesie around him. He had it off in, oh, a second? Two year olds do that.

We don't keep safety pins because, well, usually we have no use for them....believe me, I tried all sorts of other ridiculous methods as well. Boy was naked again in less time than it took for me to creatively tie or knot or attach a onesie or a t-shirt or whatever to him....
posted by zizzle at 12:34 PM on April 13, 2011


(If you know what I mean)
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:36 PM on April 13, 2011


I'm just gonna put this out here now. If any MeFite within, say, ten miles of me is ever unable to get out to the store for any essential like diapers, baby formula, Pedialite, aspirin, or single malt scotch, feel free to email me or MeMail me or Twitter me or Facebook me or whatever me and I'll do my best.

People helping people is a good thing. Glad it all worked out.

New product: MeFi diapers. Maybe a big ol' "GRAR" on the butt? Thread Shitters, we could call them.
posted by bondcliff at 12:39 PM on April 13, 2011 [27 favorites]


New product: MeFi diapers. Maybe a big ol' "GRAR" on the butt? Thread Shitters, we could call them. posted by bondcliff

I was thinking [more inside] or [!] that appears when the diaper is wet.
posted by George Clooney at 12:45 PM on April 13, 2011 [31 favorites]


Hooray! I, too, was ready to get all up in someone's grill for making a pregnant lady cry.

Is this where I can plug cloth diapers?
posted by chiababe at 12:47 PM on April 13, 2011


Is there anything this community can't do?

Discuss declawing?
posted by nickmark at 12:48 PM on April 13, 2011 [12 favorites]


As they say in my country: Wheeeee!
posted by Jofus at 12:51 PM on April 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


Chiababe, we cloth diapered for the first three months of Toddler Zizzle's life, but when I went back to work, keeping up with the diaper laundry was too difficult --- not to mention making sure to always have quarters on hand to use the laundromat. Since our apartment was so small, we gave them to my parents to store and have intentions of maybe using them again with the second one now that we have our own laundry machines. I love cloth diapers, but they just didn't work for us once I went back to work due to the laundromat factor.
posted by zizzle at 12:53 PM on April 13, 2011


KathrynT and Madamina: Mefi mensches!
posted by brujita at 12:56 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


So cool. I was expecting the other kind of crying.
posted by Roger Dodger at 12:58 PM on April 13, 2011


We found the one diaper service in the greater Boston area and it actually worked out to be cheaper every month than disposables. It was like having magic diapers that automatically appear on your doorstep clean once a week. I'm not sure they exist anymore.

Of course, once he got to be two or three and the poops became Super-sized we eventually switched to disposables because we liked the fact that they, you know, actually kept the poop in.
posted by bondcliff at 12:58 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Madamina is indeed awesome. (Wait, we're not supposed to use that word anymore, are we? OK then, she is DA BOMB.)
posted by desjardins at 1:00 PM on April 13, 2011


I'm just gonna put this out here now. If any MeFite within, say, ten miles of me is ever unable to get out to the store for any essential like diapers, baby formula, Pedialite, aspirin, or single malt scotch, feel free to email me or MeMail me or Twitter me or Facebook me or whatever me and I'll do my best.

What the heck, me too! ::checks profile for nearby Mefites:: WAIT! NO! AHHHHHHHHHH!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:16 PM on April 13, 2011 [6 favorites]


way to make a pregnant woman having a bad day cry.

Well, I'm glad that I was able to check that off of today's to-do list.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 1:21 PM on April 13, 2011


zizzle: "I love cloth diapers, but they just didn't work for us once I went back to work due to the laundromat factor."

Still, it's not a bad idea to keep a handful on hand just in case. We keep a set of 10 cloth diapers (2 kids, double the supplies) some powdered milk and a few other necessities on hand in the house in case of (probably weather-related) emergencies. They're tucked at the top of a bedroom closet, out of sight where they don't take up much room.
posted by zarq at 1:24 PM on April 13, 2011


I, for one, am very disappointed in MetaFilter after this. I can't believe this is the only return for the craptastic tag.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:30 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


craptastic

Funny, unrelated story. But the name of the game at the center of one of my more contentious AskMe questions ended up being "Craptastic Voyage." When I finally got my hands on the source code (after losing it in a hard drive crash) I discovered that they hadn't made a release build, so I had to perform some additional debugging.

The game itself is only one level long, but clocks in at 200+mb because our designer is also a music producer, and we just HAD to have some uncompressed mp3s in there for music. (also, the installer crashed, so instead you click on the .exe file that constitutes the last production build, did I mention my teammates didn't do a production build?)

Anyway, I can't wait to get hired somewhere, (lol) so I can take the game off my portfolio and forget about it...FOREVER.
posted by hellojed at 1:42 PM on April 13, 2011


Metafilter: More good stories like this please.
posted by clavdivs at 1:56 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


So my little one is now ten and this past weekend we watched some old VHS tapes of her diaperless running around with a big bottle of baby powder making clouds amongst the laughter. Good times.
posted by Sailormom at 1:58 PM on April 13, 2011


I'm glad it all worked out. It's stories like this that make me brag to my friends about what a great place Metafilter is.
posted by patheral at 1:58 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: naked again!
posted by loquacious at 2:03 PM on April 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Hooray! But seriously, I did nothing except post to my LJ. Madamina is the hero here.
posted by KathrynT at 2:09 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm curious...do these MetaFilter diapers have a professional white background?
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:21 PM on April 13, 2011


Not anymore.
posted by desjardins at 2:26 PM on April 13, 2011 [18 favorites]


likeso, I thank you for your willingness to take my wrath, but I'm actually feeling better at the moment. No promises for later moments, though....
posted by cooker girl at 2:30 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dear Metafilter, way to make a pregnant woman having a bad day cry...
And I was like, goddammit, what happened now.

Me too and, like others, was all ready to charge in to defend the distressed damsel. I'm glad that wasn't necessary, but now I've got all this nervous energy with no outlet.
posted by dg at 2:36 PM on April 13, 2011


dg: "...but now I've got all this nervous energy with no outlet."

There's a "help me out" thread right above this one that doesn't have many comments. :)
posted by zarq at 2:41 PM on April 13, 2011


Is this the first time that diapers received a ride in a taxi?

Good thing it wasn't a full-stretch limo. It pulls up, the diapers spill out trashed on minibar liquor, They'd be all like, "Sorry dude, I am in no shape to be pooped into."
posted by Deathalicious at 2:44 PM on April 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: Goddammit, what happened now?
posted by schmod at 2:47 PM on April 13, 2011 [7 favorites]


This morning when I was somehow more functional, I noticed we had two diapers.

This has ALWAYS been my nightmare. So I buy diapers in bulk. I'm talking more bulk than itty-bitty costco. A few months ago I thought I ran out of diapers and I started stressing. Then I realized we had an extra pack of 400 under my desk that I was using to prop up my feet.

Crisis averted.

But then I had to buy more diapers as I only had 399 left. Life is hard.
posted by hal_c_on at 3:04 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


So next time there's a meet-up, and you're not sure who the other Mefites are, instead of wandering around hissing, "Metafilter? Metafilter! METAFILTER?! ANYONE?!!!!", you can just wave a diaper around and we will all know this is the secret cabal version of a Metafilter handshake?
posted by HeyAllie at 3:09 PM on April 13, 2011


MetaFilter: I am in no shape to be pooped into
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:09 PM on April 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


I, too, offer my services for Diaper Delivery and Other MeFite Needs in Chicago. While I've yet to get to a meetup (tincc), I'm happy to help folks out if they're in shitty situations.

(Yes, I see what I did there. I didn't mean to, but I'm letting it stand anyway.)

Also, may I suggest MetaFilter onesies in gorgeous MeFi blue. Or the options of green and grey, so as not to be "color-coded-gender-specific" (oy). I'd love to see a toddler wearing a dark green onesie that says "ASKME" on the front.
posted by tzikeh at 3:24 PM on April 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


That is awesome! I'm glad that you were rescued.
posted by SuzySmith at 3:28 PM on April 13, 2011


I would want to tell the (true, I swear) story about my (then) one-year-old daughter and her greedily eaten (plate of) bean chili (she's wacky, my daughter, and adorable. She made a WOW. HOT. face and just ate on), and something I don't want to recall that had to do with changing her diapers later, but I better don't.
Yayy MetaFilter is what I say.
posted by Namlit at 3:30 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am in London and I just wanted to say that if anyone need similar help in the future, please don't hesitate to get in contact with me. I'm happy to help.
posted by Put the kettle on at 3:31 PM on April 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


I too was under the impression that someone had done something to make the OP's feelings get hurt. Sometimes you're glad to be wrong.
posted by Daddy-O at 3:34 PM on April 13, 2011


Having very recently been a pregnant lady, I thought I was going to have to cut a bitch in solidarity. Glad to see I can stand down. For now...

Also, sometimes even a real diaper is no guarantee that it will stay on a two year old. I know this from bitter, bitter experience.
posted by sonika at 3:44 PM on April 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


zizzle, no way would I have cloth diapered if I had to schlep stinky diapers to the laundromat. You're a braver woman than I am for getting through 3 months of that! We are just now to the point (babby is 6 months old in a week) where we can reliably get through 2 whole days instead of just 1 without doing diaper laundry.
posted by chiababe at 4:49 PM on April 13, 2011


Also, Toddler zizzle is adorable!
posted by chiababe at 4:51 PM on April 13, 2011


Seconded.
posted by Namlit at 4:52 PM on April 13, 2011


Wait a minute:

I put out an SOS on my FB and on my LJ. KathrynT put out an SOS for me on her LJ, which Madamina saw.

What does this have to do with metafilter? Isn't this a LJ schmoopy?

Also...madamina, that was really nice of you. I hope you have a wonderful week for making someone's life so much easier. Totally awesome of you, and I think we can all learn something from your selfless action.
posted by hal_c_on at 5:01 PM on April 13, 2011


I was thinking [more inside] or [!] that appears when the diaper is wet.

This is good.
posted by flabdablet at 5:59 PM on April 13, 2011


fuck yes, metafilter peeps.

fucky yes, metafilter poops.
posted by WalterMitty at 6:09 PM on April 13, 2011 [5 favorites]


Also, sometimes even a real diaper is no guarantee that it will stay on a two year old. I know this from bitter, bitter experience.
Heh, with one of my kids, we had to resort to wrapping duct-tape around the top of the nappy when we put her to bed to stop it being ripped off.
posted by dg at 6:14 PM on April 13, 2011


hal_c_on, nope. It doesn't.

I met KathrynT through Metafilter. She had been Memailing me about every ten minutes about my terrible day, and when I received the call from Madamina, she identified herself as being from Metafilter.

It's a Metafilter schmoopy.

Without Metafilter, this wouldn't have happened as even though this was posted on FB and LJ, only the Metafilter related people responded to my SOS. People who I knew only through Metafilter and later added to LJ. I had never even encountered Madamina until she called me today.

All Metafilter. Totally Metafilter schmoopy.
posted by zizzle at 6:27 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Heh, with one of my kids, we had to resort to wrapping duct-tape around the top of the nappy when we put her to bed to stop it being ripped off.

Trick that worked for me, in absence of duct-tape being an option* : Putting on a second diaper *backwards* over the first one so that the kiddo can't reach the tabs. Slows 'em down enough that you can catch them before *both* diapers are removed.

*as the nanny and not the parent, you can't do things like duct tape the kids. Stupid professionalism.
posted by sonika at 6:31 PM on April 13, 2011


All Metafilter. Totally Metafilter schmoopy.

Got it. Also, I'd like to alert metafilter that I think this website is awesome because my mefite wife likes to sex me up. Thanks for the great booty, metafilter.
posted by hal_c_on at 6:49 PM on April 13, 2011 [2 favorites]



And I was like, goddammit, what happened now.


I made all this popcorn for nothing.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 7:01 PM on April 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


2 Mefites were also especially kind to me today and I'd like to thank them. They know who they are.
posted by IndigoRain at 7:40 PM on April 13, 2011


oh man i am so glad you got them! i was going to call if i could have left early to go to work and i would've taken the backroads through salem instead of going down route 1 to revere, but i didn't want to say anything if i had to reneg... and then both kids pooped and nathan ran around naked and i had to chase him (extra bonus: standing in , and evan pooped through an entire outfit, and then i realized i hadn't made lunch and i had school right after work so i'd have gone hungry from 1pm-9pm. so i was 2 minutes late for work as it was.

sooo glad, however, that metafilter is so damn awesome.
posted by kpht at 7:45 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


oops, that should have been "extra bonus: standing in front of our sliding glass door, knocking on the glass, buck naked until i caught him".
posted by kpht at 7:47 PM on April 13, 2011


that's nice

do you guys do six packs of beer?
posted by pyramid termite at 9:40 PM on April 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Aw. This was really sweet! Thanks for sharing this here!
posted by onlyconnect at 11:11 PM on April 13, 2011


Nice. Good on you, madmina. And on you zizzle for letting your babe run wild with no diaper. I, for one, am convinced that our babies and toddlers should be allowed more nudity just because it's so much fun. That, and because diapers are so very uncomfortable. I'll just stop right there.

I sure could use some diapers myself. Well, not for myself. Size 5s. I'm not almost out, but they keep nice on the shelf, and BOY ARE THEY EXPENSIVE. Almost threw a party when we were down to 1 kid in diapers.
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 12:10 AM on April 14, 2011


Dude, new baby zizzle on the way? Congrats!

I hope you keep bringing them to meetups, because you're never too young to learn it's ok to be weird.
posted by Eideteker at 1:16 AM on April 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


*applauds this thread*
posted by DreamerFi at 1:24 AM on April 14, 2011


This thread is fun because I get to read the word "diapers" over and over again, pronouncing it each time with three distinct syllables. That always cheers me up. Diapers. That said,

ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE SCHMOOPY

or I swear to jeez I will start huckin' some damn Creme Eggs up in here.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:35 AM on April 14, 2011


If I had known you were in that situation I would have run some toddler diapers to you, my Mainer. My basement looks like a diaper showroom. Ex-pats represent!
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:39 AM on April 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


*as the nanny and not the parent, you can't do things like duct tape the kids. Stupid professionalism.

It seems to me that many professions have their own variant of something that is very similar to duct tape. In grade school, the librarian used to fix torn book covers with "library tape", which seemed like it was basically just different colours of duct tape. And then there's gaffer tape, and racing teams with their "hunnerd mile-an-hour" tape, and so on.

So what you do is, you get yourself some pink duct tape, you call it "nanny tape", and use it with impunity. Problem solved!

No?
posted by FishBike at 5:26 AM on April 14, 2011 [11 favorites]


When my daughter was a baby, she had her own word for "diaper". It was one of the first words she ever said. She called it a "bapu". My wife and have called diapers "bapus" ever since.

And zizzle, glad you could get those bapus delivered!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:05 AM on April 14, 2011


FishBike: " So what you do is, you get yourself some pink duct tape, you call it "nanny tape", and use it with impunity. Problem solved!"

So, a disposable diaper is held in place by two small, elastic adhesive strips which extend from the hip area on the diaper to meet in the middle. Duct tape and gaffer's tape don't hold a diaper closed well if you use small pieces in the same shape, mainly because of the way the child moves when he or she walks and the fact that even though the tape is flexible, it is not elastic. To get the tape to stay in place and not have the diaper fall off the child, you have to literally wrap their waists in the tape. Which can be problematic when you then are forced to cut a squirming, kicking baby out of it with scissors after they're done. It also makes the diaper stiff and uncomfortable for the wearer.

I may have tried to MacGuyver one or two diapers after accidentally using too much force on an adhesive elastic diaper strip, detaching it completely.

Okay, it happened a lot.


So it would need to be a different kind of tape. Scotch, Masking, Paper (and obviously Kiniseo) tape don't work at all for the same reasons. Cloth tape isn't really designed to stick to the surface of a diaper. Hard-won experience.

I did consider rubber cementing the little tabs back into place. But exposing a baby to those fumes didn't seem wise. Plus, if you're going to go to the trouble of rubber cementing a disposable diaper, you might as well just grab a new one and be done with it. Krazy Glue wasn't an option either: "Honey? Where's the nail polish remover? Why? Oh, no reason. Just wondering. Hey, do you think nail polish remover might irritate Baby Zarqlette's skin? Oh, no reason. None at all. Just speculating. No, no need to come home. Everything's fine! I'm just aski- *click* Shit."

We keep a tiny three oz., apothecary jar filled with safety pins on a shelf. They work wonders.
posted by zarq at 7:40 AM on April 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


zarq: vet wrap?
posted by rmd1023 at 10:56 AM on April 14, 2011


Cloth diapers have their uses; even if you prefer disposables, they make a very useful standby (and vice versa, of course).
posted by anigbrowl at 10:57 AM on April 14, 2011


Apparently Metafilter really can solve anything, from a diaper shortage to human trafficking.

I think it's time we get a big "MF" batsignal to project into the sky.
posted by Jacqueline at 11:01 AM on April 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


"I'd love to see a toddler wearing a dark green onesie that says "ASKME" on the front."

More like "ASKYOU": "Why?" "Why?" "Why?" "Why?" "Why?"
posted by Jacqueline at 11:04 AM on April 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


rmd1023: "zarq: vet wrap?"

Neat. Would it stick to a diaper?

Thankfully the tabs aren't a problem for me anymore. My kids are wearing pull-ups now and we're transitioning them into underwear.
posted by zarq at 11:24 AM on April 14, 2011


Vet wrap sticks to itself very well. I'm not sure if it would stick to a diaper, but it should keep the diaper in place. The edges will roll, so you want to overlap it when you go around the waist. It will shrink a tiny bit with body heat, so don't wrap too tightly. Keep EMT scissors handy for quick, safe removal.
posted by desjardins at 11:35 AM on April 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Echoing, yay, glad you survived it, there will be more, keep your strategies within reach. I just gotta add, this is why God (ymmv) made dishtowels/papertowels, duct tape and a sense of humor. Have a nap and don't worry about it! No kid every perished because of the wrong diaper. Promise!
posted by thinkpiece at 7:26 PM on April 14, 2011


It takes a Meta-village to raise a Meta-child.

High-Five Madamina.
posted by Skygazer at 11:31 PM on April 18, 2011


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