A friend recently confided in me that she was once caught without napkins or wipes during a particularly horrific toddler-made juice spill in her car and the only thing she had on her were super absorbent tampons. So she used them to soak up the juice off of the leather seats in her car! That’s just brilliant!
This reminded me of a story I recently read about a woman who survived a MASSIVE poop blowout (of the 10 month baby variety) 30 mins into a 5 hour flight. She had no change of clothes for the baby and no extra diaper! All she had were a few wipes in her diaper bag. She ended up using an air-sickness bag to store the poop-filled pants and fashioned a diaper out of three expertly tied napkins from the first class cabin. She found two sanitary napkins in the lavatory and lined the inside of the make-shift diaper with one and then used the other sanitary napkin to “duct tape” the “diaper” closed. Amazingly, the diaper stayed on and dry until landing…that is until her baby then peed through it and all over her. But she was in the home-stretch.
Tampons for juice spills. Menstural pads for make-shift diapers. Barf-bags for poopy clothes. These are the essential tools in child-rearing. Who knew?! It is an accepted idiom that necessity is the mother of invention, but I’m of the opinion that mothers are the mother of invention.