A Mommy’s Plea for a Better Diaper-Changing Invention

June 17, 2008

Bumbo baby seats, bottle warmers, wipee warmers, bottle drying racks: These baby products are surely useful to some. Personally, I never slow down long enough to warm wipees. And if I did have a wipee warmer, it would have been hijacked long ago by my three year old daughter so her baby doll’s bum is warm when getting changed.

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Baby companies have developed a “baby gadget” for nearly every purpose imaginable. If you’ve shopped at Babies ‘R Us, you know what I mean. I’ve passed on purchasing many of these “necessities” because long ago I realized I would never take the time to use them. Nor do I have space in my home. (Because I live in a small, old New England house, baby products must first have “high floor real estate value” before ever being purchased.)

In any case, as far as I can tell, baby companies still have missed one giant opportunity – to develop something that can help me contain my squirmy, wormy, active baby while I change his diaper. I realize there are changing tables and changing pads, but honestly I have not found them useful. Perhaps it’s me, but I have a hard time changing my baby’s diaper while he is at an awkward right angle to me.

So I’ve been battling my son for months with every diaper change. The scene looks like this – I place my son on his back and he immediately flips over. I then wrangle him to his back and hog-tie his feet. He arches his back and turns into a plank while becoming airborne from the head down. I then throw a diaper under him and go through 20 wipes so I can change him as quickly as possible. By now, he’s wrangled himself onto his stomach and begins to crawl away. I pick up the diaper and run after him. Once I catch him, I pick him up and diaper him. After this, he usually dons a diaper for long periods during the day because redressing him after a diaper change is like flogging myself for no reason. Repeat this process five to six times a day and you have one frustrated mom. Don’t even get me started on changing him in public.

So how about a baby product that is useful – a baby-changing contraption that would safely secure a baby so he or she lies down straight in front of you and SOMEHOW takes the above described frustration out of the diaper changing experience.

I’m not asking for the scene to be so calm that I’m apt to mistake my diaper changing experience for a day at the spa. I’m just asking for something – seemingly basic – that would keep babies somewhat immobile while I perform the task quickly.

If/when this baby product is designed – I’ll be the first one to spread word of its value. And sign me up for any focus group, interview, questionnaire and prototype testing on this new product. If there weren’t already a Diaper Genie out there, it would be the perfect name for this product because it takes magical powers to change an active baby’s diaper.

Is this invention of any interest to anyone else – or does anyone have suggestions on how to keep my 11 month old son from saying “sayonara” every time I change his diaper? Recommendations or war stories are welcome.

– Mary

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