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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Toddler Tricks - 45: Wetting the Big Kid Bed

Problem:  Even after potty training, accidents can happen. Messy, smelly, wet messes can happen. Of course, they would only happen when your waterproof mattress pads happen to be off the bed for whatever reason. So you strip the sheets and you're left with an expanding circle of urine in the middle of it.  Good morning to you, too.

Solution: Always have a pad or waterproof sheets under the regular sheets. Don't ever say to yourself, "well, they haven't had an accident in three months, I'm sure it will be fine." It will not be fine. If it's already too late for this, use an enzyme cleaner on the mattress immediately. This kind of cleaner will break up the molecules of the urine, separating them and allowing them to be more easily cleaned.

Problem: You don't have an enzyme cleaner, or any appropriate professional cleaner at all, you're in your nightwear, it's 3 a.m. and you can't just go out and get some.

Solution:  Use hydrogen peroxide. Put it in a spray bottle and mist it heavily over dirty areas. Let it foam up for a few moments, then rub it in with a scrub brush or cloth. Wait a few minutes, then cover the areas with baking soda to absorb the peroxide and the odor. Leave the baking soda on for at least ten minutes - more is better. Then use the handtools on your vacuum to suck up the remains.  I can tell you from first-hand hand experience a la five minutes ago that this works quite well in a pinch.


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1 comment:

  1. AWESOME tip! I am getting ready to begin the toilet-training process and am sure this will come in handy :)



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