Published on July 09, 2014
Yippee! Sheets inventer Nicole Maunder with her two children. Maunder, originally from St. John’s and now living in Toronto, came up with her own product for bed-wetting when she had difficulty finding what she wanted. — Submitted photo
Published on July 09, 2014
Yippee! Sheets were designed to make cleanup after a bed-wetting incident a lot easier. — Submitted photo
Woman from St. John’s invents lineup of ‘pee-protectors’ and more
Parents of bed-wetters are all too aware of the struggle of changing their child’s sheets nearly every night. With two young boys, Nicole Maunder, originally of St. John’s, found nothing on the market that could help, so she decided to make a solution herself.
Launched last week, Yippee! Sheets are waterproof, reusable, “pee-protectors” that can be used for toilet training, bedwetting and adult incontinence. The products are designed for comfort and ease of use; the cotton-topped protector simply goes over the bottom sheet and has flaps that tuck in on the sides.
“If someone has an accident you just pull it off and throw it in the washer,” said Maunder. “So you really save the time and the energy from having to change and strip the entire bed.”
Although her primary product is the bed sheet protector, she also produces seat protectors, and car seat and stroller seat protectors.
Maunder came up with the idea after too many nights spent stripping and washing the bed sheets of her two children.
“When my kids were little this was a problem,” said Maunder.
“If there was an accident you had to take off the bottom fitted sheet, you had to take off the mattress protector, and then you had to change it all. And that was very frustrating, very time consuming, and a lot of laundry. I just thought, there has to be a better way to do this.
Driven by personal need and a love of innovating, embarking on this project was a natural step for Maunder.
“I’m somebody who’s always coming up with product ideas. It’s just the way I’ve been since I was a kid. I’m constantly watching Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank and all that kind of stuff,” she said. “I have this book of ideas, so I just decided I’m going to pick one of these ideas and I’m going to do it.”
Maunder said while she has found some similar products for adult incontinence, they are not attractive solutions.
“There are some things out there for adult incontinence, but they’re really ugly, usually a polyester top, a vinyl bottom, and made in China,” said Maunder.
“Whereas these products, I wanted to have a really nice printed top so that they’re attractive.
“They’re 100 per cent cotton, there’s an absorbent middle layer, and for the bottom layer I have a more premium layer than vinyl. Vinyl makes a really plastic crinkly sound and it also has a funky smell to it.”
Maunder says the products can be used for more than just bed-wetting; they can also be used to protect materials against menstrual leaks, post-natal bleeding and the messes of illness, among other things.
Maunder grew up in St. John’s and moved to Toronto shortly after graduating from Memorial University in 1994 with a degree in commerce.
Maunder runs Yippee! Sheets on her own, using her experience in marketing for large companies such as General Mills and Johnson & Johnson.
“I did a lot of talking to people, I did a lot of googling, and a lot of phone calls, until I made it happen.”
All Maunder’s products are made in Canada. Yippee! Sheets can be purchased online at yippeesheets.com.