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Have you ever changed a diaper? (NSFW)

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24544points) November 16th, 2023

I have never. What is your experience? From babies to seniors.

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janbb's avatar

Sure. It’s a potentially shitty job.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I had two baby daughters. Changed hundred, maybe thousands, of diapers. Both cloth diapers (that was a real thing 45 years ago) and also plenty of paper diapers..

Two lessons:

1) it doesn’t matter that you just changed a diaper – they will find a way to soil it within 30 seconds of when you finished, so you can do it again.

2) Kids don’t like it when they get stuck by a diaper pin.

canidmajor's avatar

Yup, no big deal. Like so many things, you think it will be a bigger deal than it is.

gondwanalon's avatar

No. But I had my diapers changed back in the day when my Mom used diaper pins. One time a diaper pin somehow found its way into one my baby shoes. When my Mom put the shoe onto my foot I started screaming as the diaper pin was being driven into my foot. She took the shoe off and I stopped screaming. So she put the shoe back on and I started screaming again. She took the shoe off and I stopped screaming. She said, “What’s wrong with you?” and looked inside the shoe and found the diaper pin. I was too young to talk but I remember it like it was yesterday and I’m 72 years old now.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Started changing my siblings and kids I would baby-sit at 11 years old. Two are on FB with me. . . .

filmfann's avatar

Of course. I have 2 kids.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

Yes, not something I had to do a lot. When it’s your family, you’re happy to do it though.

kritiper's avatar

Babies. Pee is OK, green gravy shit is bad!

jonsblond's avatar

@canidmajor Did you never experience a yellow mustard looking diarrhea squirt shooting half way across the room while changing a diaper? Don’t give him false hope. :D

smudges's avatar

Be sure and keep a diaper laying across a baby boy’s genital area except for when you actually have a new diaper on him because he will squirt pee. <shrugs> They just do; unintentionally, of course.

Have you guys seen the new diapers? They have a ‘blowout’ catcher that supposedly prevents blowouts up their back.

Caravanfan's avatar

Thousands of them.

Jeruba's avatar

I was the eldest child, so I changed the diapers of both of my brothers. Before that, I watched my mother change my sister. I also did the expected babysitting as a teenager. And then I had two sons of my own. So yes.

I saw it as one of those things you simply have to do: an early lesson in obligations over preferences.

I say god bless disposable diapers. When I was a kid, they were all cloth and had to be washed and hung out to dry and folded.

I also trained my husband, who knew nothing at all about baby care and had no diaper experience. He was a good sport about it and did his share, on the honor system (“You find it, it’s yours.”).

flutherother's avatar

I changed my children’s diapers (one boy and one girl) many a time mostly disposable nappies (as we called them) but also some cloth. We had a special plastic mat to lay them down on. It was no big deal just an unpleasant routine.

canidmajor's avatar

@jonsblond i experienced just about everything that a baby human can produce, gagged, had to clean up serious blowout messes, and all that stuff. But hey, I’ve raised puppies who don’t wear diapers, anything that catches any stuff is a good thing!! ;-)

KNOWITALL's avatar

Yes, I was a great babysitter in teens. Diapers were great training for being an animal caretaker, then seeing mom through chemo. I am confident I can clean anything without it getting to me.

Dutchess_III's avatar

My first diaper change I was 14 and babysitting. Changing a cloth diaper on a 3 month old. As I was working the child started screaming. To my horror I realized she had reflexively grasped the open diaper pin and stabbed her self right under her eye.

Once, in HS, my sister brought home a friend who had a baby. At some point my mom changed the kid’s diaper.
In amazement my sister said to her “How do you know how to do that stuff?”
LOL!

Forever_Free's avatar

Only babies. Seniors is a whole different perspective. I am sure you can do it.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Yes,but only 2 one on my nefew, and a few years later one on my niece, just one more of the thousands of reasons I never wanted children.

RocketGuy's avatar

I had to change diapers for 2 daughters. It’s not bad unless they get diarrhea – then you’re talking about “warp core breach” and “containment failure”. All kinds of clean up to do.

jca2's avatar

I perfected a way to change my daughter’s diaper when she was standing up, which was very convenient when we were out, say in a store or other place. Instead of laying her on the dirty diaper changing shelf in the public bathroom, I’d just do it while she was standing in the bathroom stall with me, or I’d take her out to the parking lot and she’d be obscured by my car door. It took about 30 seconds and I had it where the new diaper went on when the first one came off, so she wasn’t exposed where anybody could see anything. Quick, easy.

smudges's avatar

@RocketGuy I love it! “containment failure”! :D

kritiper's avatar

One way to clean baby is to hold them under the bathtub faucet and rinse them off. Never done it but I guy I knew did it.

smudges's avatar

There’s a method called elimination communication.

“Elimination communication (EC), also known as infant potty training, is the practice of introducing your baby to the toilet or potty at a very early age – usually between birth and 4 months old. Some parents who do this avoid diapers completely by taking their baby to the nearest bathroom (or potty) whenever they anticipate a poop or pee. Others use diapers on and off. By 18 months, in most cases, their children have “graduated” – that is, they know when they have to use the toilet and get themselves there successfully.”

“It seems radical to Americans, but today, most African, Asian, and European babies are trained well before their second birthday.”

https://www.babycenter.com/baby/diapering/infant-potty-training-what-it-is-and-how-to-do-it_1745035

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s not radical. My kids were all trained by 18 months.

smudges's avatar

^^ That’s awesome! But most women haven’t even heard of EC.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I never heard of it before now either. I followed my own instincts. Potty training was a breeze.

RocketGuy's avatar

Stuff goes in one side, soon stuff comes out the other – like a train in a tunnel.

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