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But You WANT to Change the Diaper!

By caitlinhtp |

I will confess: I am not looking forward to changing my baby’s diaper. I have very little (read: no) diaper-changing experience, but I do pick up my dogs’ poops every single day, and it is not exactly the highlight of my life. The smell makes me gag, even after all these years! Add a screaming, wiggling newborn to the mix, and I’m pretty sure I’m about to experience something rather… well, rather poopy.

Click through to read my master plan to convince my husband that diaper changing is actually fun. 

A while back, my mother’s manfriend (calling a 60 year old man a ‘boyfriend’ sounds strange) told my husband that changing the baby’s diaper was the greatest honor of parenting. Dwight said that when a baby’s diaper is wet or dirty, the baby is unhappy and uncomfortable, and if you come to the baby’s rescue, the baby will forever associate you with feeling better on the most basic level. It’s not a chore. It’s an honor.

This explanation makes a great deal a sense to me – it kind of mimics what I’ll be able to do for the breastfeeding. The baby is hungry and unhappy, so I feed it, and it associates me with satisfaction. My husband, obviously, can’t breastfeed baby, but he can make the baby feel clean and comfy.

Ever since Dwight told my husband about his theory, I’ve been driving it home. “Don’t you want to be the one who makes the baby haaaaaappy?” And so far, my master plan is working! My husband even requested that we purchase a very unisex-looking diaper bag since he’ll ‘be doing most of the changing.’ Wahoo!

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0 thoughts on “But You WANT to Change the Diaper!

  1. Todd says:

    I was always looking forward to changing diapers…i grew up with tons of younger siblings so it was about time i was actually doing it for my own kid!

  2. Renee says:

    I hate changing diapers so much that I may try that Chinese potty training technique. Some babies (especially girls) are able to potty train really early and only have to wear diapers at night.

  3. Amanda R. says:

    Fortunately changing diapers isn’t nearly as bad as picking up after the dogs. For one thing, breastfed baby poop doesn’t stink.

  4. M says:

    I change diapers for a living (day care) and, trust me, changing a newborn is so much pleasant than say a 2 year old! They don’t smell bad until you start feeding them solids, and even then it’s lovely to have some face to face time chatting with them while they wiggle their chubby little legs.

  5. Kim Q says:

    Don’t worry, newborn babies don’t really wiggle. That starts more around 6 months or so. The bad part about newborn diapers is the projectile poop that always seems to happen immediately after you remove a diaper. Or getting peed on. Good times! :o ) That stage doesn’t last too long though. Seriously, diaper changes are no big deal.

  6. meredith says:

    My 8 week old loves the mobile above his changing table so diaper changes are really enjoyable for both of us. He smiles and studies it and we often hang out there a while after I’m done. I don’t like changing them in the night only because I don’t want him to wake up too much.

  7. Danielle Smith says:

    Was definitely lucky in this department – my husband never hesitated to get up in the middle of the night for changing and was often the first to jump up when they were infants….now, when they were toddlers and a bit more of a mess, we had to start flipping for it :)

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