april fools 2015

Diapers – they aren’t just for catching baby’s pee and poop!  Since becoming a mom, I’ve realized how incredibly useful and versatile diapers are for everyday life.  Here are my 16 favorite ways to use diapers – beyond wrapping them around my kiddos’ butts.


To protect apples and bananas from bruising in my purse.


Wrap your fruit in a soft diaper and – TADA! – instant snack protection.


As a mop.

diaper swiffer

I make my own Swiffer solution and use Claire’s Size 2 diapers to mop of spills, dirt, and other messes in the kitchen.


To hold ice packs in place.


An ice pack + a Size 5 diaper on my knees = happy joints after a hard run!


To keep my dog from peeing on my rug.


Diapers – they aren’t just for babies. Elderly dogs with tiny bladders appreciate them, too.


As a koozie.


As the weather warms up (YAY!), I’ll be wrapping my chilled ciders in a diaper to ensure my hands don’t freeze and my drink stays cool.


As a potholder.


To prevent burns and slips.


As an eye mask.


So I can catch a few ZZZs on the couch as my children play AKA destroy my house.


As slippers.


To keep my feet off the cold tile, to walk outside to pick up the mail, or even to the pool.


As a headband.

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Tired of your hair falling into your face during workouts? Me too.  A diaper wrapped carefully around your head is the perfect solution.  BONUS – it wicks away sweat, too!


As toddler protection.

PicMonkey Collage

Henry gets a lot of scraps and bruises.  When we’re headed outside, I wrap him in diapers and he’s protected from getting a single mark on his perfect skin.


To calm and renew.


I put a few drops of essential oils onto a diaper and place the diaper under my pillow.  I get to breathe in a relaxing scent all night long!


As DIY cycling shorts.

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On the days I forget to wear my real cycling shorts, I simply wrap a diaper around the bike seat.  I’ve got a cushioned, comfortable pad to ride on.


As a plate.


Tired of cleaning up lunchtime messes?  I was, too, until I discovered this solution!  Now, I just put everything on a diaper.  When Henry is done eating, I roll up the crumbs and put the diaper back into my cupboard to use for the next meal.


As part of my swim workouts.

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The diapers expand once they hit the water, making my strokes extra-challenging.  Swimming with soggy diapers on your biceps is a great way to build muscle mass in your arms!


As a rag.


Super absorbent, diapers easily pick up dirt and debris. I use them to clean car wheels, shine the windows, and to rub the lint off my dryer trap.


As a baby hat.


Between two kids, I’ve got a lot to juggle when we head out the door. I always forget SOMETHING at home – and more often than now, it’s Claire’s hat.  I wrap one of Henry’s diapers around her head and it keeps her toasty warm.


How do you use diapers?



  • Tracey April 1, 2015, 6:02 am

    Thank you for making me laugh out loud at 6am. Hard to pick a favorite, but toddler protection is pretty awesome!

  • Marisa April 1, 2015, 6:22 am

    Ha ha! Hilarious. I look forward this post every year. Never gets old. Good job Caitlin 🙂

    • Marisa April 1, 2015, 7:46 am

      Oh, the last photo of Claire…. too precious. She is gorgeous! Those eyes.

  • Rachel April 1, 2015, 7:15 am

    Great one this year!!!

  • lynne April 1, 2015, 7:22 am

    I was speechless with disgust until I remembered the date today! :)))

  • SarahF April 1, 2015, 7:23 am

    Yes- for about 2 weeks I’ve been anticipating what prank you would pull this year. The protective gear on Henry is my favourite! haha Who needs elbow pads when you’ve got diapers!

    • Anne Weber-Falk April 1, 2015, 10:07 am

      I liked this one too. I think Henry rather enjoyed it also.

  • Kath Eats April 1, 2015, 7:33 am

    These actually are brilliant! Henry protection is my favorite but the cycle seat and eye mask are great…allllmost believable! How about a doll pillow, a solution for a leaky sink, a popsicle stick wrap to catch the drips?

  • Janelle April 1, 2015, 7:45 am

    Haha. I love the thought of you standing by the pool with diapers on your arms. 🙂

  • Abby April 1, 2015, 8:12 am

    Awesome! Took me about 4 in before I realized….good one this year!

  • Sara April 1, 2015, 8:22 am

    I too look forward to your post on April 1 every year. You inspired me to do some creative Facebook posts for today (for work). 🙂

  • Katie April 1, 2015, 8:41 am

    Gahhh! You crack me up. I always look forward to your April 1st posts!

  • Kara April 1, 2015, 8:49 am

    Love it! Came today to see what you had up your sleeve 🙂 I think a great addition to this would be using the diaper to wash AND dry your car! Super absorbent!

  • Patty April 1, 2015, 8:56 am

    As I read the post I thought it was for real until I got half way down and realized how ridiculous it was becoming! Good one Caitlin! You had me!

  • Lauren April 1, 2015, 9:02 am

    I lost it at toddler protection, oh my goodness. I wait for these posts all year.

  • lisa valinsky April 1, 2015, 9:04 am

    Love it! April Fools!

    I especially like the mop one…actually sounds like a good idea! 🙂

  • Nicole April 1, 2015, 9:09 am

    Lol, I knew I could count on a laugh here today!!! xx

  • Katrina April 1, 2015, 9:12 am

    I love how much effort and time you put into these posts! You can tell your pranks are always well thought out far in advance! Thanks for another great one!

  • Casey @ bahstonrunnah April 1, 2015, 9:23 am

    bahaha i love this. I look forward to this post every year. It must have been so much fun taking these pictures!

  • Jen April 1, 2015, 9:37 am

    Aft first I was like: WTF. She has lost her marbles.
    But then I remembered what day it is….

  • Emma April 1, 2015, 9:42 am

    cracking up right now! what a great start to “hump day”!

  • Lissy April 1, 2015, 9:47 am

    Lol! That last pic is the best part

  • Ashley April 1, 2015, 9:49 am

    hahaha! I can only imagine how much fun henry had taking those pictures! Your april fools posts are the best 🙂

  • Kim L. April 1, 2015, 9:50 am

    You got me for about 1/3 of the post. I kept thinking to myself “Aren’t diapers kind of expensive to be using them for all of these things.”. And then it dawned on me- April Fools! I am obviously a little gullible. Thanks for making me smile this morning : ) You were very creative! Love the ‘swimmies’ and DIY Cycling Shorts. And your accomplices (Henry and Claire) are quite adorable.

    • C April 2, 2015, 6:59 pm

      That’s what I was thinking too. Why would you want to use diapers for this they cost $ : )

  • Anne @fANNEtasticfood April 1, 2015, 9:54 am

    You are the April Fools queen!! 🙂

  • Meg April 1, 2015, 9:54 am

    This was so funny! I was wondering how you were going to top past years’ April Fools stories and this was perfect. I actually thought you were serious with the apple protector but then quickly realized the joke. Thanks for the chuckle!

  • jen April 1, 2015, 9:55 am

    You were my first thought this morning hahahah.
    Although some of these are good ideas!

  • Sharon T April 1, 2015, 9:56 am

    Ha! Happy April Fool’s!!

  • Amanda M. April 1, 2015, 10:00 am

    I came here today just to see this year’s prank :).

  • alan April 1, 2015, 10:00 am

    Oy!! Happy April Fools Day to you. No marathons in Ireland or South Africa this year, I guess!! Thanks for giving me a belly laugh of the day. That picture of cute Claire with the diaper is too much!!

  • Anne Weber-Falk April 1, 2015, 10:05 am

    Okay, you had me at koozie. Thanks for making me smile. You’re awesome.

  • Hope (@love_liberate13) April 1, 2015, 10:16 am

    I just laughed so hard I nearly cried… the best two to me were the hats. So funny. Thank you for never disappointing your loyal fans on April’s fools.

  • Katie April 1, 2015, 10:19 am

    You didn’t get me this year!!!! although you totally got me last year…

  • Abbey April 1, 2015, 10:35 am

    The pictures of Henry and Claire made me LOL. 🙂 Happy April!

  • Reenie April 1, 2015, 10:45 am

    haha!!! 😀

  • Sherilyn April 1, 2015, 10:58 am

    Funny!! I actually think the swiffer and the ice pack holder are good ideas though. Using them at the gym probably would get you some strange looks!

    • Caitlin April 1, 2015, 11:05 am

      The ice pack one actually works really well. Hah.

  • stephanie April 1, 2015, 11:01 am

    Even though these are for April Fools’ Day, some of these are pretty great! And I just can’t help but smile any time I see baby Claire – she’s too cute!!!!!!!

  • Maria April 1, 2015, 11:05 am

    I’ve been waiting for this 🙂 You’ve had some really great ones, cloning Maggie and buying a pony spring to mind. I love how you go all the way with your ideas and it is so cute that Henry and Claire are in on the fun. I do think a section on how Kristien uses diapers at the Clinic is missing:-) :-). Thanks for a great laugh as always!

  • Katie sB April 1, 2015, 11:22 am

    Haha love this!

  • Becky April 1, 2015, 11:41 am

    thank you! really, I needed that today. Took me till about half way through when I said out loud – nuh uh! Then it hit me. LOL!

  • Steph April 1, 2015, 11:43 am

    What a good sport Henry is! Great April Fools – as always!

  • Julie April 1, 2015, 11:45 am

    Bahaha! I got clear down to the slippers before I remembered the date… 😛

  • Cole April 1, 2015, 11:55 am

    I LOVE your posts every year, so creative!

  • Sam April 1, 2015, 12:06 pm

    Hahahahahahaha!!!!!! I love your April Fool’s Day posts 🙂

  • Momhtp April 1, 2015, 12:17 pm

    Ok aside from the hard laughs, thanks for the suggestion of a window cleaning cloth! That sounds great and it is Spring so my windows are next. Love your April Fools posts.

  • Neha April 1, 2015, 12:23 pm

    Hahahaha…..Loved the post 🙂 Superrr April 1st joke, very creative too !!

  • Jennifer M April 1, 2015, 12:44 pm

    Ha Ha, April Fool’s!

  • sarah April 1, 2015, 12:46 pm

    Oh man I always love your April fools post! So good, last night I was laying in bed and trying to trick my husband with silly little things and I immediately thought about your blog and how I had to check it to see if you were still doing these posts! I’m so happy you are. The diaper plate…I die!

    Thanks Caitlin:)

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 1, 2015, 1:18 pm

    I love this! haha It took me a minute to realize you were joking!

  • Breanne April 1, 2015, 1:21 pm

    Your April Fools posts are always the absolute best! Nearly crying from laughing so hard! I would love to know the reaction of the people in the spin room with you when you did the bike seat and headband… or at the pool! And call me crazy, but the ice pack holder looks pretty genius to me! (As for the pups, my aunt actually does use diapers for her pup. Meanwhile, my sister uses puppy pee pads in her newborn’s crib ’cause my nephew is a spit up king.)

  • Laura @ Vegetarianesque.com April 1, 2015, 1:28 pm

    Awesome! No joke, when I realized it was April Fool’s Day one of the first things I thought was, “I wonder what Caitlin is going to post!” haha I still get a kick out of remembering “Wealthy Tipping Point”. That year I 100% fell for it and was so happy for you and Kristien! 😉

  • Pablo April 1, 2015, 1:40 pm

    Even though this is an April Fools post, I have used many times diapers as ice cold or hot packs.
    Cold packs:
    Pour 2 to 3 cups of iced water into the diaper. Fold into a rectangle. Put it in your kids head. No water drops or humidity. They stay cold for a long long time.
    Hot packs:
    Warm water in the microwave and do the same as with the iced pack. They also stay hot for a long time.

  • nancy April 1, 2015, 1:55 pm

    Thank you for the time and effort you put into these posts every year. You just totally made my day 🙂

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns April 1, 2015, 2:06 pm

    These are so hilarious! Toddler protection is definitely the funniest..you’ve got to save that picture to embarrass your kids when you’re older and bringing their significant other over to meet you! Great job 🙂

  • Monica April 1, 2015, 2:31 pm

    Ha!!! 🙂

  • Emily April 1, 2015, 2:36 pm

    Haha this morning I was like “yay! it’s april fools! lets see whats going on over at HTP” 🙂

  • Kelly April 1, 2015, 2:44 pm

    HAHA! Love it! I bet diapers would also be good to prevent pony messes in the house!! 😉

  • Jennifer April 1, 2015, 2:56 pm

    hahaha, laughing hysterically at work reading this!!

  • Cynthia April 1, 2015, 3:35 pm

    But didn’t you waste a lot of diapers on the joke pictures?

    • Caitlin April 1, 2015, 6:40 pm

      No, I think the only one that got wasted was the plate picture because it got cereal crumbs in it 🙂

      • Caitlin April 1, 2015, 6:41 pm

        Oh and the one on Maggie’s ass, because obviously.

  • Caitlin April 1, 2015, 4:09 pm

    Haha, this is fantastic! Baby Hat is by far my favorite use. Too funny.

    I don’t have diapers around the house though (no kids) so I’m afraid I can’t add to this list!

  • Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire April 1, 2015, 4:42 pm

    We can always count on you for the April Fool’s post. 🙂 My favorite is still the dog cloning post!

  • Gracie Francisco April 1, 2015, 4:46 pm

    After reading this, all I can say is: I know what day of the year it is! Super creative though and honestly… Some seriously good ideas. Nice work Caitlin! 😛

  • Kate April 1, 2015, 4:49 pm

    I always expect your posts, but this one made me laugh like no other. I always appreciate your commitment to the joke–even the kids and the pets are involved!
    I feel like that last picture of Claire will be used for fun for years and years 🙂

  • Alex @ True Femme April 1, 2015, 5:19 pm

    Every year for the last I don’t know, 4 years, (I think that’s how long I’ve been reading–well 4 1/2) I’ve looked forward to seeing what your April fool’s post will be 🙂 I’ve loved them all and this one was super cute 😉

  • Christina April 1, 2015, 6:48 pm

    Lol my favorite is toddler protection!!!

  • Avery April 1, 2015, 6:48 pm

    You totally had me until the headband one! Haha! Them I was like, “okay no way she really does that… Haha, touché!!

  • Amy April 1, 2015, 8:57 pm

    I made sure to come here today just for this. You DO NOT disappoint! My husband finally asked what I was laughing for so long, he comes out and looks over my shoulder, shakes his head and says “That’s just weird” LOVE it!

  • Eva April 1, 2015, 9:31 pm


    though some of these might actually be pretty darn useful!

  • Felicia April 2, 2015, 2:36 am

    Super cute pics of Henry & Claire but they worry me! I hope the diapers are kept in a place Henry can’t reach, or it seems he’d be excited to replicate the diaper on face/head joke with himself or the baby, without realizing the hazard.

  • Emily April 2, 2015, 2:56 am

    I think this is by far the most hilarious one you’ve done since I started reading in 2011 😝!! Well done, I was in stitches!! Look forward to it every year 🙂

  • Amanda April 2, 2015, 8:39 am

    Ok, so you had me going until I got to the diapers on the feet. I thought, “oh, come on, can’t you just throw on some flops for that?” Then I realized the date and that the whole thing was a joke! Hilarious!

  • Joy April 2, 2015, 9:07 am

    I love that you go all in for your April Fool’s posts!

    All of the photos are hilarious! I especially love that one of Claire with the diaper as a hat.

  • The lovely one April 2, 2015, 11:21 pm

    hee hee hee…. I love the head band! Your ideas are so clever!

  • aj May 12, 2015, 4:32 pm

    I am behind on my reading but this is so funny I almost peed myself.

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