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 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.