At 6 months and some change, my little man is becoming quite the little monkey. Which is great! And cute. And fun... Except when we're co-sleeping and I get kicked in the jaw out of the blue. Also not so fun when it comes time to change his diaper. I recently read a hilarious blog about the styles of squirmers during diaper changes (It's totes worth a read! FYI, mine is a death roll-octopus-fire hose combo!)
Seriously the day after reading that blog entry I randomly came across this product which literally blew my mind: The Happy Changer by Hulabye. It's basically a vest that straps onto your diaper changing pad and keeps your little one from flipping himself all over the place. Genius. GENIUS I tell ya!! I contacted them right away and wouldn't ya know they were awesome enough to send me one for review - happy days!!!
The set-up instructions were nice to have, but a glance at them was all it took and I had the thing set up in all of 20 seconds - it's just velcro if you're wondering, not a bunch of hooks and ties or snaps or anything complicated.
First impression? MAN, this thing is soft!!! Like, I just want to rub it on my face. Is that weird? lol. I got the "minky" fabric, so I can't attest to the "flannel" one, but I imagine it's nice and soft as well. But the minky one, wow, if only all of my clothing and bedding could be made of that stuff!
OK, enough drooling over the fabric. It's time to get down to business here! After confirming the time is right with the tried and true "pinch test", I scooped up the little guy and strapped him in. It says "all sizes", and it fit him just fine, so no problems there! Though, he doesn't seem quite as taken with the "minky" goodness as I was, but what can you expect.
How cute is this design, by the way!? They have some other great choices as well. And then, without having to ask, he started his own product test run. Let the "death roll" action begin!
Would you look at that? Happy Changer SUCCESS - this thing works!! Kenzo's days as a death-roller have ended (on the changing table at least). Happy Mama! Poor guy isn't quite sure what's going on though. He's all "Hey, what's with this resistance?? Come on!!! I wanna move!!" And then he is appeased when he realizes he can still grab his toes. Happy Baby :)
My overall impression is that I love this thing. It's soft, it's cute, it's easy to setup, it's easy to clean, and it keeps my baby in one place while I change him! I will say that it won't work in the worst of the worst diaper blowouts, you know, the ones where poo goes all the way up to the neck. But seriously, in that case, just hose the little one down in the shower!
If you're like I was and can't wait to get your hands on a Happy Changer, I'm happy to let you know Hulabye's offering 15% off for my readers!! Just order from their site and enter the code "USJAPANFAM" (offer valid for 60 days from 7/15/2013). FYI, they have free shipping to anywhere in the US!
Happy shopping and happy changing to ya!!
**Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
7/19/2013 05:32:53 pm
I'm so happy you found the Happy Changer. But I bet you don't know you have a bit of a serendipity relationship with the owner of Hulabye...my daughter...who is also happens to be the daughter of an Irish mother and a Japanese father (although he was born in the US and not Japan). Your son's baby picture reminds me of her when she was an infant.
1/7/2014 03:13:52 pm
Wow,,,,,,this blog is looking so nice
7/12/2022 03:00:33 am
Do you still have this? I wanna buy one, but they don't make it anymore
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