Diaper changing used to be one of the things that I dreaded when it came it baby duties. My husband and I would go back and forth on changing, as it was something neither of us enjoyed. The smell, the threat of being peed and pooped on (because we all know it’s happened to us at least once) was enough to make me shy away from the task.
It’s amazing what you used to dread as a parent of one child has now become something I enjoy doing with the second child. Mostly because I have found a way to get the family involved. Now that I have a toddler, she enjoys helping me out with Avery. As we were preparing Harlan for Avery’s arrival, we spoke with her about all of the cool things she was going to be able to do as a big sister and changing diapers was one of the things on our list.
I remember when we first pulled out the newborn Huggies diaper from the package and just how small it looked. Harlan’s eyes widened and I could tell just how excited she was to partake in this adventure. We now look at diaper changing time as an fun time because it get’s all three of us girls involved.
Avery does her thing on the changing table, ready to be changed. Harlan grabs me the diaper and wipes and stands on the stool to keep Avery entertained, and I do the dirty job of wiping and changing. Every once in a while Harlan will get the special opportunity to help me put the tabs on the diaper to secure it on. She just loves being involved in the entire process and I love it too. Avery enjoys it as well because she is super entertained the entire time, which makes changing her extremely easy. I know as she gets older she is going to squirm more, so I am even more excited for Harlan to be involved in our diaper changing routine because she plays a critical role.
She is such a great big sister and is the perfect diaper changing assistant.
How do you get your older ones involved with baby duties?
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