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The bassinet storage trap, how my baby soiled 13 diapers

Neighbor's pee-resistant bassinetBassinets, for those who have not figured this out yet, are for infants and generally go in the parent’s rooms. They consist usually of a top section and a bottom section. The top is the sleeper and can be removed simply by pulling up, usually exposing a built-in changing table.

The bassinet dissected

Underneath the baby areas is a storage section for diapers, wipes, baby stuff. And because of this particular design, it enabled my baby to soil 13 diapers at once. Who would have thought that having a storage containment area directly below a changing table that deals with quick-witted pissers would be a bad idea?

Now, the bassinet changing area has a waterproof pad on it, unfortunately the surrounding materials are cotton, so with sufficient volume of baby juice you end up with liquid streaming down into your container area.

Know the bassinet’s enemy

In general when baby changing the idea is to keep the old soiled diaper underneath the enemy while you’re cleaning, however sometimes this is impossible because you’d end up with shitty baby feet. This is how I was tricked into letting baby’s ass hit air, which seems to be a trigger to urinate explosively.

Most bassinets I’ve seen are as flawed as this one, so beware. You can rig up liquid containment, funneling, etc. But the best bet is probably to just realize that whatever you do the baby is going to manage to explode through anything directly down and to the sides, so do not have a fresh bag of diapers accessible to urine raining down on them.

Fortunately for me, the diapers I had are waterproof on the outside and I was able to salvage the diapers with a simple wipe down however the bassinet is going to require everything stripped, washed, and re-applied only to get attacked by the baby again.

Should you research better bassinets?

Remember folks, no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy. You can probably build/buy a better and more expensive bassinet, but realizing what your liquid containment situation is will get you a lot further on next to no dollars.

In other words, don’t buy something, just realize what your baby’s urine factory is capable of and clear the path and plan for containment.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.