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Using Puppy Training Pads For Baby

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Sometimes when you’re a mom you have to get ingenious.  Before Nick was even born I found that having puppy training pads in the house could be very useful if you have a baby. There not your typical baby product, but I found them to be very helpful.

I had received a beautiful cradle to use for Nick (sadly he hated sleeping in it, but that’s another story).  It was older and it had a thin mattress with a plastic cover, but (even though it hadn’t been used before) the plastic was starting to rip and wear away.  I didn’t feel that we needed to worry about getting a new mattress, but I wanted to find a way to protect it from the millions of ways that a newborn could get it wet and icky.  Try as I might I couldn’t find a cradle mattress protector.  Then I read somewhere about how someone had used puppy training pads to protect the mattress in their Pack ‘N Play.  That seemed like such a great idea, and it wouldn’t cost much.

The next time I went grocery shopping I picked up a package of the puppy pads. It took two pads to make sure that all areas of the mattress were covered. It wasn’t difficult to cover the pad and put the fitted sheet over them.  The sheet was wonderful because it held the pads perfectly in place so they wouldn’t get all bunched up.  With that the mattress was perfectly protected.

Of course you can’t buy just one or two puppy pads at a time. Oh no, you have to buy a whole package. Now it didn’t cost a ton, but I hate waste, so I didn’t like not being able to use the others. Then I had the brilliant idea to put them on Nick’s changing pad. You may remember that I hadn’t received a changing pad before Nick was born and I rushed to Babies “R” Us while I was in the early stages of labor to buy one. This meant that when we brought Nick home from the hospital there was a place to change him, but we never got around to getting a cover for it. Honestly at this point I am totally OK with that because it would have been ruined by all of the nasty diaper changing messes anyways. This is where the puppy pads came in. We would lay a puppy pad on the changing pad and whenever it got messy we would throw it out and lay a new one down. It worked so well! Now I will say that this technique isn’t very “green,” so for those of you that like to cloth diaper this probably isn’t for you.


Puppy pads truly made caring for a newborn so much easier for me. Diaper changing messes stressed me out, so needing to do nothing more than throw one pad away and putting a new one out was wonderful. They also could be thrown into a diaper bag to be used as a changing pad when you’re out and about. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t like to lay Nick down on most restroom changing tables. They just seem so dirty, so I always put something under him.

Puppy pads were not a product that I ever thought I’d buy, let alone use for my child, but we found them to be extremely helpful. Sadly I wasn’t able to use up the last package I bought and I have no idea what to do with the extra pads, but maybe we’ll have a use for them again someday.

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Tuesday 12th of October 2021

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Laura

Sunday 6th of June 2021

I have been using unscented dog pads from Target for 4 months and my baby never had any rash or problem. We have covered the sofas and pads are useful and cheap. Some attractants are odours we can't smell and probably they could be toxic if we (humans) ingest the pad, which is obviously not the purpose here. We should supervise the baby anyway, with pads or without them...

Laura

Sunday 6th of June 2021

I have been using unscented dog pads from Target for 4 months and my baby never had any rash or problem. We have covered the sofas and pads are useful and cheap. Some attractants are odours we can't smell and probably they could be toxic if we (humans) ingest the pad, which is obviously not the purpose here. We should supervise the baby anyway, with pads or without them...

Quang Cao Dinh Phan

Thursday 15th of April 2021

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Jessica

Friday 8th of February 2019

Sheesh you young girls and your paranoias lol i use a fresh one for my grandchildren when those babies visit ....to use them under their bottom for a quick diaper change WILL NOT HARM THEM ...., ive been using them for years babsitting as well, those children are teens now. Not only are they clean snd convenient (who wants to keep washing soiled covers , duvets, receiving blankets !? , it will save your couches /a bed, carpet/floor, table.....Hartz lavender scented is best . PLEASE GET OVER YOUR CRAZY PARANOIAS!

im a believer in recycling caring for our earth so after a couple of diaper changes on them, ive allowed my lap dogs to use/finish them if i need to leave them alone and run an errand , then ive tossed them !

Win-win for babies, your fur babies and the enviroment!

Elizabeth

Monday 11th of February 2019

Thank you so much for your comment Jessica. I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to get rid of this post because I get so many comments about what an awful thing I did using these with my son. I have never been the over paranoid parent (that would have been my ex). I have kept the post up though because these were so useful to me and a lot of people seem to be curious about using them. It's nice to hear of someone else that found them so useful. :-)