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The Art of Changing Diapers - Laughs and Encouragement for Moms, Babysitters, Husbands and Friends

Updated on September 19, 2011

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!


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      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      My husband, 25 years ago, had never used disposable diapers. He put the tape in front. We couldn't afford to throw an unused diaper away, so if the tape got unsticky. we used tape, staples, and once, I even sewed it on. My kids always had weird diaper attachments. The tapes were always getting pulled off.

      Now my grandson shows up with duct tape frequently. He likes to take them off. He will also take them off if they are nasty and you don't change it fast enough to suit him. You have never lived until you have cleaned up a poop painted baby, crib, and walls. Mine didn't but my grandson does.

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      hey diapers aren't cheap. I once too ripped off the sticky tab, and used duct tape, warning my blessed son, he better make this one a good dirty do.

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Hey jenubouka!

      Oh my you should have an entire collection of funny diaper stories! I would totally love to read them.

      The stapler.... man, I'd have used anything! sticky tape...any kind of stationery! but I'd be so embarrassed the next morning when the parents found out how bad my diaper skills were.

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Hey hyphenbird!

      Oh thank you for your encouragement! I do hope I do improve at this diapering activity, otherwise I'll post more stories to share more laughs around!

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      Well having a little guy of my own there are MANY stories of diaper dilemmas, in general terms, when you see poo all the way up the back and seeping out of their shirt, it is not going to be pretty.

      I am still laughing out loud, great description! The stapler was the kicker...

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I never did get the art of diapering down pat. Some people have a smooth tight but not restricting little bundle. I always just was happy to get it on so it would stay. What a great Hub!