The Art of Changing Diapers - Laughs and Encouragement for Moms, Babysitters, Husbands and Friends
I remember the first time I changed a diaper. Aside from the little kid refusing to keep still, it was uneventful. Nothing dramatic happened (thankfully!). Being a student who hardly gets to meet little ones, this first experience gave me the confidence that changing diapers would be something I would be able to handle very easily. I thought nothing dramatic would happen. But I couldn’t have been more wrong… This hub is a tribute to all the mothers, babysitters, husbands out there who deal with this daily act of changing diapers.
A few nights ago I was tasked with the special duty of putting a friend’s son to bed. The mom had given very specific instructions so I was armed with all the details I would need to accomplish this job smoothly and successfully.
I read her email several times and I knew the script so well I was very calm about the entire procedure. They had an adorable infant who gets along so well with anyone I was actually really looking forward to it.
Everything was going really smoothly, until my little buddy kept pointing at his diapers. I was really hoping I’d be spared the changing – besides it wasn’t part of the script! So the diaper part - I have not actually changed one in a few years! So I carefully removed buddy’s diaper, so I could work backwards as I put the new one on – at least I thought it was a smart strategy!
But lo and behold… A few moments passed and I realized that I hadn’t a clue how to wear it. It was one of those diapers that looked identical from the front and from the back! And the design was just not helping at all – nothing was there to help me figure out how to use it! I thought it’d be so intuitive, but the tabs at the sides didn't feel sticky or hint at how they ought to be attached............. I tugged and pulled and the tab tore off! Madness! I had just destroyed a diaper! I ran to get another diaper. Hopefully it’ll be right this time. But the tabs…they just didn’t stick to anything! I hate to admit this, but the word at the forefront of my mind was 'stapler'.
Meanwhile, my little buddy was on the bed staring up at me. In fact he had rolled around a little like a typical kid and suddenly stopped rolling to look up– probably wondering why I took so long. I could almost read his mind. I’m just glad he couldn’t talk. Or perhaps if he could he’d have helped this grown up out!
Oh it felt like forever!
Then finally! I found the inconspicuous bit of velcro like material (it didnt even feel like velcro) and i was so relieved that I put the diapers on! ..... I was just so proud of myself until the little guy stood up and I realized to my horror that it was totally lopsided. He couldn't even stand properly! HAHA. Oh you should have seen his expression. I was controlling my laughter, not at him, but at myself. I had to do something otherwise the parents would discover in horror the next morning. Worst still, diapers worn wrong can result in leaks right? Oh sigh! Thankfully in the end it was all adjusted alright. And perfect. We said our bedtime prayer with our eyes open, and I emerged. Mission accomplish. What a great success!
Or so I thought! The next morning in church, I got such a sweet thank you note, and I was just over the moon.
After saying hi to a few more people, I bumped into little buddy’s mom. Then the bomb dropped. “We almost died laughing. Brad found out the next morning that you wore the diaper from back to front!” Oh hilarious!
I laugh each time I think of this! I’m sure if the diaper wasn’t so symmetrical I’d have less problem figuring it out!
Stories like this are absolutely funny but they also keep me humble.
I hope this hub brings you some smiles and joy today. I am sure when I have kids in future I’ll have even funnier stories to tell. Go easy on your husband or babysitter if they mess up a diaper change alright?
Leave your comments or diaper changing advice for me! And if you’re a mom or know someone with little ones, please buy some diapers!
More Hubs for Parents
- Reading With Kids? Roald Dahl - Children books that Parents will love
I remember that one author that I read and reread with sheer wonderment and delight was Roald Dahl. When my mother read stories to us before bedtime, one author that we loved was Roald Dahl. On hindsight, perhaps mom enjoyed reading him than we did!
- Operant Conditioning Principles used for Parenting Children
There are tons of parenting strategies out there, some of them rather radical and other unconventional. This hub is my tribute to all parents, where I marry classic psychology (operant conditioning) with the parenting experience.
More by this Author
The only opportunity she could jump at to study was when her brother was having Chinese lessons with the family tutor. My grandmother would sit quietly at the far end of the long rectangular dining table, across her...
- 12How Can Parents Use Operant Conditiong Principles With a Toddler? Operant Conditioning and Parenting Children
There are tons of parenting strategies out there, some of them rather radical and other unconventional. This hub is my tribute to all parents, where I marry classic psychology (operant conditioning) with the parenting...
- 0Sociology: Criticism of Merton's Strain Theory: A Critique and How it Fits With the Functionalist Theory of Deviance
A sociology essay that addresses how Robert Merton's Strain Theory fits into the functionalist theory. Thereafter, I critique Strain Theory from the angle of other classic sociological perspectives, such as conflict,...