Changing diapers: from disaster to master

OK, maybe not a master, but solidly better than I was back at the beginning. The first attempts at waste management with the boy were miserable failures. He would cry the entire time, and really, who could blame him. I didn’t know how to hold his feet, or how to wipe with one hand, or properly put the diaper on. I would just fumble around and 5 minutes and 47 wipes later we would somehow be done.

We really have come a long way from those early days. I just had to figure out a system that worked for me.

1. Hold his legs like I would hold 2 long neck bottles in one hand at the bar.

2. Coverage is key when trying to avoid pee all over the place. Without proper coverage a simple job can quickly turn into something similar to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

3. Communication is key. I have found that letting the boy know he has made a mess of himself and he needs to be changed helps him mentally prepare for whats coming.  Also I find using the cute little baby voice even when we are talking about how stinky he is helps to keep him smiling and worry free.

I also have to say that I have become proficient in the wipe department. Most jobs can be handled with one or two which is a drastic reduction from the dozen or so I would use at the beginning.

There are days it seems that I am a miserable failure at many other simple tasks (holding, rocking, putting to sleep, feeding etc.) so it is nice to know that I am improving in some areas and this gives me hope that perhaps, I just might get better at some of the other parenting stuff too.

It could always be worse. I mean I could be like this.

 

Pat Lemieux

About Pat Lemieux

Pat has it all, family, big old house, dogs, a young son and a quarter-life crisis. He blogs about trying to be who he has always been and be who he now needs to be. He enjoys 90's grunge metal, tasty local brews and the outdoors.