Sunday, September 16, 2012

An Alternative Pack 'n Play.

If your baby is anything like mine, he abhors the Pack 'n Play, also known as baby jail. He only understands about 10 words and neither baby nor jail are among them so quit your snarky commentary about the problem. Luckily, there is a little-known option I am sharing today. Like anything, there are some risks to the alternative pack 'n play, but they are far outweighed by the benefits, as you will easily see.

What's this you see below? The awesome Jacuzzi bath in the master bath of our new house?


Or...wait for it...



wait for it...





AN ALTERNATIVE PACK 'N PLAY!!





Yes, it's almost as concerning that the baby is the only one of us who has used this master bath monstrosity as it is that he's heading toward my 30 year-old Pound Puppy in this picture, but even as a pack 'n play, it cleanses me. With him safely crawling around and biting Brownie, I have a direct line of vision to him from the shower which means I can shower. EVERYDAY.

I hear your other concern and it's a fair one, as well. The boy has already started grabbing the handles and we are only days away from a surprise success with the faucet. This could be devastating to my system but upon further thought it aligns with my cleanliness strategy. If he gets those faucets on, he won't need a bath at night!

Move over Chicco. I've switched to Jacuzzi.

24 comments:

  1. Sometimes a mom has to be creative! Stacie xo

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    1. Creativity is a skill I did not know would be so highly required for this role!

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  2. haha firstly, great idea! If it gives him a place to play in one spot while you shower everyday... perfect!! And secondly, holy cow, that is a nice jacuzzi!! Hope you get the chance to enjoy it yourself soon!! :)

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    1. You know, it looks like a nice Jacuzzi. I'm hoping to try it at some point while we live here!

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  3. Nice. Wrap a beach towel around the faucets and handles and you'll buy yourself another week, another distracting "toy", and a layer of protection again head-bonking :) Resourceful, as always.

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    1. I love you. He will be trapped in there until he's 17 now.

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  4. Genius! If we had a nice tub, I would totally try this. :)

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    1. It doesn't need to be nice, Josey, it just needs walls!

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  5. Whatever works to get in a shower is a good idea! Maybe it will last a good bit longer!

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  6. Ha! Why didn't I think of that?

    We had to use a superyard to keep our youngest out of harm's way from her older sisters, and we called it the baby cage. So baby jail is okay in my books. And I'm pretty sure I had a Brownie PP too.

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    1. This is the only baby cage/jail he's ok with. Maybe because it's not supposed to be a baby containment system. Just like my keys, wallet, charger, sunglasses and shoes are not meant to be teethers, but are the things he loves to chew on THE MOST. It's like they know what the Chicco marketeers were up to and just want none of it!

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  7. I love this! I have a friend who tried this and your post helped me remember I need to do this! BEST IDEA EVER!

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    1. I'm going to admit something here that I'm not super proud of...my husband figured this out. I wish it had been a supermom moment, but I just stole it and ran with it. Still counts!

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    2. brilliant! and yes, please report back when he figures out the faucets and gets a surprise soaking...at least he'll already be in the tub!

      and FYI, my kid hates the pack n play too! doesn't matter what toys I put in there - the minute I pop him in, he protests.

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    3. It will be any day now. I wrapped them with towel as a distraction but he's onto me.

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  8. This is truly brilliant. Filing this away for the future. We also have a tub/shower set up and I'm fairly certain I'd never think of this on my own.

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    1. It was my husband's idea. I just stole it when day when I hadn't seen the shower in, oh, 48 hours or so.

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  9. I do this too! But she's learned to turn on the water now so I'll have to find something else.

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  10. Wrap a towel around the faucet. It's too big and bulky for their crafty little hands to undo.

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  11. Love this idea. You've got to do whatever it takes to be able to sneak in that shower time.

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  12. Great strategy! And I love the idea of wrapping a towel around the handles. Don't you just love it when someone else solves your problems for you?

    Happy Sharefest. Have a great weekend.

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