When my daughter was an infant and learning the subtle ways of diaper escapism — we used to call her Houdini — there were nights I dreamed about gently placing her down to sleep, kissing her forehead and sending her off to sleep land … but only after I completely shellacked her diaper in duct tape.
And then … it happened. One night, I just figured, why not?
No, I didn’t make the diaper completely out of duct tape, but I did add a strip here and a strip there, strategically locking the diaper straps in place. And it worked! It took her ten minutes to escape, not the usual 5 seconds.
Duct tape, truly, can do everything. Including give harried, sleep-deprived parents an extra 9:55 minutes of sleep, which seems silly now. But then? It was a miracle. All hail duct tape.
But oh, there is so much more it can do.
After the post about homemade MacGyverisms, I started looking into duct tape and was surprised to learn, well, it’s actually not even used on ducts. In fact, it’s illegal to use duct tape on ducts in California and a few other states. Apparently it was created in World War II to help soldiers create watertight seals on ammunition, and it started out being called Duck Tape. (So now I feel bad for getting all pissy with people: “No, duct tape. Duct. Not duck.” Thanks for blowing my mind, Wikipedia!)
Over the years, duct tape has been used to hurricane-proof windows, give race cars a quick fix (not joking), give astronauts a chance to make it back home (Apollo 13 anyone?), and basically help any household tinkerers fix just about anything possible. But wait! There’s more!
Here’s my list of the Best Parental Uses for Duct Tape (either with the kids or … to them):