Saturday, April 07, 2007

Not so-zo great

Bob's thoughts on the Weeblocker:

Our little whiz kid can make diaper-changing a challenge, so a couple of weeks ago we bought a Sozo "Lil Squirt" Weeblock -- in fact, we went ahead and bought three of them (one for our changing table, one for the diaper bag and one for my brother and sister-in-law who are expecting their first baby in June). According to the company's product description, Weeblock is "a cup-like covering that you place between his legs at changing time. Underneath the super-soft 2-ply cotton jersey covering lies the secret weapon - a wee-wee absorbing sponge."

I'm always up for a good idea and this sounds like a great one, doesn't it? Well, turns out it is better in theory than in practice. The absorbing sponge does not absorb, or at least it does not absorb nearly enough. Therefore, the cup only serves to redirect the pee back onto the baby, as well as on his changing pad, changing mat cover and even his clothes sometimes if they're not tucked away far enough away. While the Weeblock does keep the diaper-changer protected from an errant stream of pee and keeps the walls and surrounding carpet urine-free, you're actually better served by covering the baby with paper towels or a spare diaper -- tips we picked up at a diapering seminar at Babies 'R Us. Both are far more effective at absorbing pee than the Weeblock.

Since we spent $10 a piece on the Lil Squirts, we feel obligated to use them and, indeed, the fact that it is very portable as well as washable does make it useful in the diaper bag. So all in all, it's a good idea that misses in execution. In addition to the absorbing issue, Weeblock is not hands-free. If your baby wriggles as much as ours does during diaper changes, one hand must keep the Weeblock in place, leaving only one hand to take care of the rest of the diaper-changing duties. Therefore, my dream "Weeblock" would have diaper-like absorbtivity, while still being washable and reusable. It would also have a way of adhering so as to allow the diaper changer to have both hands free -- I don't know, maybe some velcro-release loops that would slide over the legs.

Anyway, thats my $.02 on this $10 investment -- anyone have an opinion on the Weeblock or a similar product?


Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

I agree that it LOOKS like a good idea.

Our son outgrew the "peeing each & every time air hits the penis". It must have been just a few months after he was maybe 3-4 months old (4 at the latest!)...

You'll get quicker at changing those will.
And then when you do, he may become a little fit thrower who decides that he HATES getting his diaper changed! They'll keep you on your toes, that's for sure!

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