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When bub was younger I couldn't wait for her to crawl and walk. I spent hours each day encouraging her to get up and move, hysterically clapping and enthusiastically saying "YAAAAY" when she got even close to moving on her own. I was so immersed in the buzz of her reaching new milestones that I never stopped to consider the downsides of a mobile baby. It didn't take long for me to realise that greater independence and mobility on her part meant much less control for me, which was never more apparent than at nappy change time.
A typical nappy change involves lots of kicking, crying, rolling, and frustrated yelling of inaudible words. Sometimes I feel like I need 8 arms to control her. The majority of the time she gets away and once she's up she runs as fast as she can in the opposite direction while giggling and taunting me to chase her. My neighbours must seriously get sick of hearing "come back here you can't run around nakey with no pants on, you'll pee on the floor!". Occasionally they also hear "you just got poo all over mummy" and "oh. my. god. I can't believe you just pee'd on the mat". I often wonder if my outbursts horrify them or if they're just smugly sitting in their house thankful it's not them dealing with a defiant toddler.
The only consolation I have is knowing I'm not the only one in this situation. In fact difficult nappy changes are often a topic of conversation at our mother's group. The last time we talked about it I mentioned how I'd love to use nappy pants instead of nappies except I didn't know how it'd work if she did a poo (the idea of pulling down a pooie nappy and it going all over her legs and everywhere else was more scary to me than the change time battle). Then one of the girlss said she's been using nappy pants on occasion already and you don't need to pull them down you just break the pants open on the side. Hello light bulb moment. Why did I not know this before?! Apparently I'm not the only one though because her mum was looking after her son and he poo'd in his nappy pants and she thought you pull them down too and ended up having to give him a bath - that totally would've been me.
After that conversation I decided the next time we needed to buy more nappies I was definitely getting nappy pants to give them a go. Incidentally, not long after, I was asked if I'd like to trial BabyLove nappy pants. Seriously, the timing couldn't have been more perfect.
No doubt you've probably heard of BabyLove nappies already. They're easily recognisable by their mascot Baby Bud. At first I thought Baby Bud was some kind of cloud baby type character, but there's so much more to his story. He has a very long and colourful history which you can learn all about in this video. Bub sat and watched the video with me the other day and was completely intrigued. At the end she was clapping her hands saying bub, bub. It's definitely going on my list of go to videos to combat tantrums.
We've been trying out the Nappy Pants for a while now and I have to say I'm seriously impressed for so many reasons. Firstly the size that she should be in according to her weight (Walker 12-17kg) actually fit her. She still has chubby thighs and we've had so much trouble in the past with nappies cutting into her and leaving red marks. To combat this we usually have to use the next size up, but then they're too big at the waist and need to be folded over. The BabyLove nappy pants fit her perfectly in the walker size. The leg gathers and waist are nice and soft but also elasticised and stretchy so they mould to her legs and back to create the perfect fit without cutting into her or leaving red marks.
They're also just as absorbent as normal nappies. She's worn them for a couple of hours at a time and they've kept her dry and didn't leak. She even did a number 3 (she obviously wanted to make sure they were really tested out) and I was really surprised that it didn't leak out at all, because there sure was a big surprise waiting for me when I changed it.
By far the best benefit of the BabyLove nappy pants is that they make nappy changes so easy! Change times have gone from a five to ten minute battle to a quick, hassle free, process that takes less than a minute. I simply put her feet through then pull the nappy up while she's standing up. She loves being able to get changed standing up because she doesn't feel like she's being restricted and I love it because it means I no longer have to deal with the yelling and kicking. The nappy pants are removed easily by tearing the side seams (I honestly thought nappy pants had to be pulled down prior to trying them). In reality though they're so easy to use even daddy manages to do it despite his chronic aversion to nappy changes. This video perfectly illustrates the difference we've experienced since switching to nappy pants.
I'd definitely recommend BabyLove Nappy Pants to others and just quietly I'm kicking myself for not giving nappy pants a go earlier. I honestly don't think we'll be able to go back to regular nappies after being spoilt with such easy nappy changes (at least not until we have another baby). Anything that eases the difficulties of the toddler stage is a big win in my book. BabyLove nappy pants provide mum's with an affordable, quality product and I love that they go beyond that and also offer the Baby bud videos to help parents calm their babies.
If nappy changes have become a battle at your place as well, don't worry, BabyLove have you covered too. They've put together an awesome prize pack to provide you with the same relief we've been lucky enough to experience. If you can't wait that long you can buy BabyLove Nappy Pants from major retailers, chemists and specialty baby stores in toddler, walker and junior sizes. To request a free sample click here.
To enter simply leave a comment below letting me know about a funny moment you've faced with an overly zealous toddler struggling to get away during nappy change time.
Competition commences 23rd October 2014 and concludes at 5:00pm AEDST 3rd November 2014. Full Terms and Conditions can be found here. [Winner - Bubfriendly Winnie]
Good Luck everyone!
Disclosure - I was provided with BabyLove Nappy Pants for the process of review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own based on our experience with the product. This is a sponsored post in accordance with my disclosure policy.