19 November 2010

Vomit hack: Keep the training potty nearby

Vomit is an inevitable topic around here. Reading about kid puke may be gross, but it beats cleaning carpet and changing sheets in the middle of the night, right?

Thank you for this, Shimona!

I don’t know about anyone else’s kids, but for mine, it’s not very comfortable to lean over the toilet to throw up, since they have to practically stand to reach the top of the toilet. And buckets are just as tough for little ones [Buckets tip. I wish I didn't speak from experience. -- Ed.]. So I had the idea of using a potty when one of my girls has one of those nights.

Amazon: OXO Good Grips Batter BowlAfter the first hurl, they lie on the floor in our room with their sleeping bag (thus no more soiling sets of sheets), and if they feel that awful feeling come again, they barely have to move to reach the potty. And the clean-up is just as easy as cleaning up the potty in any other “normal” potty situation.

If you've no longer got a training potty gracing your home, a handled plastic mixing bowl does the job as well.

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My tip would be a ziplock bag. I discovered this during a particularly bad flu round (coming out both ends). As far as vomit goes, it's the best, because clean up is simply tossing it in the trash!

In fact, that was the suggestion of another Parenthacker, in that case, for car sickness:


At bedtime, though, it's nice to have something that can sit upright next to the bed. Perhaps a Ziploc INSIDE a handled bowl as a liner?

A stainless steel bowl on hand and a towel over the sheets/pillow.

I find any if you get any container, big bowl, garbage can, even a small cardboard box and line it with a small kitchen garbage bag (they are better than a grocery bag that may have a little hole) then clean up is simple. Pull the bag out, tie it up and done, then just stick in a new bag in case it is needed again.
Oh & I agree towels are your friend :o)

I can't be the only parent who has just covered the messy sheets and pillow in a couple layers of towels, and dealt with it all in the morning, right? I also like the bag in the garbage can trick.

A trick re:sheets that also work for nighttime leaks is waterproof sheet protector then fitted sheet then another protector and another fitted sheet on top. That way in the middle of the night you just pull off the top two and don't have to re-make the bed.

Even better, frisbee.

When one of the kids is feeling ill, we have them sleep in the bathtub. We put down layers of towels to make it a little softer.

It seems to work but I'm sure it helps that our kids are all good sleepers.

We've used plastic bags in the car.

yep, growing up we always had the "barf bowl" I couldn't stand to have my mom use it for anything else...it was just too disgusting!

Vomit is simple in my house.. the kids (all 3)wait until the wife is out & throw up on me.. copiously.

We can't stand to get another illness.
This is a pretty hygienic solution as we focus on taking care of them.

I've been using a dollar store pitcher I use for watering plants for years now... and when recently in hospital for surgery I mentioned the idea to my nurse who loved the idea and made me tell other nurses about it too. LOL. Never understood why they use those kidney shaped shallow bowls for people to barf into.

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