Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Covering Their - - -!

I need to address a very serious problem in modern parenting. Okay, not really. It's more like a very minor annoyance. Some diaper companies do not provide any differentiation between diaper sizes.

My two children in diapers wear almost the same size and some diapers come without numbers, design changes or any other way to indicate size. Since my kids are only one size apart, it isn't even that easy to hold up the diapers and compare sizes. One could, I suppose, use cloth diapers, but I don't want to.

Some companies understand this. Costco's Kirkland diapers have a different animal on each size. Luvs print a teeny tiny sizing number on them (so as long as you aren't blind you can tell the difference), but the scenting in Luvs makes them unacceptable for children with eczema. It has been so long since I bought Huggies and Pampers mark their diapers, I think, but it has been a long time since I bought any.

But the two store brands that I buy most often -- Kroger and Target have not figured this out. I opened new boxes of diapers for my children the other day and they are covered in adorable blue and green polka dots. Identical polka dots. Baffling polka dots. I took a Sharpie and wrote initials on the bigger kid's diapers, so I could tell the difference. How hard would it have been though to make numbers on the diapers? It could be the store's way of testing everyone for color blindness -- "If you can't read this number, you need to get your eyes checked!" Or something.

It's not a matter of large importance in the world, but I deal with the little things all day long. They get to me. I may not be ready to promise the world change they can believe in so that I can win a Nobel prize, but I do change a lot of bums, and a logical marking system for diaper sizing on all brands and styles would help me out a lot.

7 comments:

Amy said...

That seems so obvious. What a pain to have to mark them all! You should buy one brand for Kid A and another brand for Kid B. Would that help?

Jordana said...

Amy, I've done that before actually. But I tend to buy store brand diapers, and rarely feel like going to two different stores just to buy diapers.

Herb of Grace said...

It's those little things that make the difference between sanity and... notsomuchsanity for a busy mom...

Michelle Smiles said...

I didn't realize that some didn't mark the diapers - it seems pretty obvious that this is necessary! Pampers marks them but you have to have good eyesight to pick the number out. But I happily proclaim that I've been down to 1 in diapers for 6 months! WOOHOO!

Lenise said...

LOL!! Yeah, Wal Mart is the same way. Thankfully, we're down to one in diapers, but stray diapers appear from time to time & it'd be good to know if we ought to use 'em now, wait, or donate!

Jordana said...

Amen, sister. I've recently started using Parents Choice diapers, which have exactly this failing. Not so big a deal when I put Liam's diaper on Rhiannon, but it just doesn't cover the territory, the other way around.

Dan said...

Well, Mrs. went cloth a while back, and they;re adjustable, so one size does fit all. It does mean more laundry, but c'est la guerre.

Of course, we only have one in diapers, so...

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