Lesson #32: Changing Diapers is Dirty (and sometimes Dangerous) Business
There is an absolute right way and wrong way to change a diaper. Several friends and family have become first time parents since Spring, and this conversation has come up at least a half a dozen times since then. One might assume that boys are more likely to pee all over you than girls, or that being peed on is an official ‘welcome to parenthood’ baptism for any first time Moms and Dads. I learned very soon after my first son was born, that it is also a good idea to bring not only a change of clothes for the baby, but also a shirt for yourself. At Joey’s first weight check, and official first trip anywhere other than home from the hospital, he peed ALL over my white shirt. I then had to go through the entire appointment and check out (obviously) covered in pee.
Being peed on is the least of your worries with a newborn, however. My husband was changing my second son’s diaper and had the baby’s legs pushed up towards his chest creating what soon became essentially a poop cannon. Mid-diaper change my husband found himself sprayed with poo. This brings us to lesson #32 in Mommyhood. Although it may be easier for both you and the baby to push the legs back, it’s always better to lift and wipe the baby’s bottom to avoid a virtual poo-nami. If you still choose to change diapers the other way, consider protective clothing.
Being a parent is messy and some times dangerous business. Take heed, new parents, and learn these lessons the easy way- from someone else!
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