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You've heard the old adage 'you learn something new everyday' or even 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks'? Well this old dog recently learned a very new trick.
Ten years I've been a Mum, ten years. Not once in these ten years did I question why baby vests have envelope shoulders. I just blithely accepted that this is how the world is. Sure, it makes them a bit easier to get them over baby's head but that's about it. Then somebody on a FaceBook parenting group enlightened me with the news that the shoulder design serves a purpose. We've all been there, your baby has created a poonami. Shit (or vomit) has quite literally hit the fan (and everywhere else). You need to strip baby and hose them down. You fear things couldn't possibly get any worse until you try to get the vest over their head (something many babies object to even when the vest isn't dripping with shit) cue poo being moved up over their chest, shoulders and in their hair.
So what if I told you that you can roll the vests down and take them off that way? Crisis averted.
If you already knew this, why didn't you tell me?! If this is news to you, like it was to me, welcome to enlightenment!
Ever the cynic I decided to try this strange witchery out. It works. Better still, it works one handed! How do I know this? why, I filmed it of course! Actually I filmed it twice. The first time was a genuine poonami situation yet I feared the site of explosive breastfed poo splattered baby may traumatise you so I did it again with a clean Moomin then tossed a coin as to which one I blogged. Excuse the crap video, I'm not a V-Blogger, it was midnight with shit lighting and it's filmed one handed with my phone. Oh and yes, Moomin did infact poo mid video. She's her Father's child.
***Disclaimer: this entry is a bit of fun, a parenting hack. Obviously I don't know if this is officially the reason they were designed this way but it's certainly made my life a whole lot easier! I should imagine they're intended to make it easier to go over their disproportionately large heads ;)