The best diapers you’ve never heard of…
At the very beginning, during those first blurry weeks after birth, wet diapers are a breastfeeding mother’s best friend. They are the most reliable signal that your baby is getting enough to eat. But with the effectiveness of today’s disposable diapers, it can be really hard to tell whether a diaper is wet. I remember touching, sniffing, weighing, and still not being quite sure.
The morning after Zev was born, I discovered that the hospital diapers had a yellow stripe that turned blue if the diaper was wet. Brilliant. But then a nurse told me they aren’t available in stores. “They’re just for us idiot nurses,” she joked. This made no sense to me. Even by the third time, I was far more idiotic than any one of these nurses, particularly when it came to diagnosing a wet diaper. If Pampers had this technology, why wouldn’t they share it with the people who needed it most?
I loved those diapers. The convenience of checking that little stripe instead of undressing, touching, sniffing, weighing… it was fantastic. When my hospital supply ran out, I scoured my local supermarkets and drug stores, but didn’t find anything.
It was in a Las Vegas supermarket that I made my discovery, completely by accident. Turns out they are sold as Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, but the blue stripe “wetness indicator” gets a tiny mention on the package (I didn’t even realize what I’d found until I got back to the hotel and opened them up, having chosen that particular variety simply because it was the smallest package on the shelf).
If I had invented diapers that could tell you they were wet with a single glance, I would be marketing the heck out of them, but maybe that’s just me?