Did you know my day job is as an Infant-Toddler Specialist? I get to spend my days playing with babies and I get paid for it! It’s a great job.
OK, maybe there’s a bit more to it than playing with babies. What I actually do is visit infant and toddler classrooms in my region and work with the teachers to help increase the quality in their rooms. We work on how the room is set up, what materials they need, interactions with the children-all sorts of things. And one of the things I get a lot of questions about is changing diapers. On an almost daily basis I help teacher’s change diapers the “right way”. That means getting supplies out ahead of time, cleaning the table with the right solution, throwing away gloves with the dirty diaper before putting on the clean one. All sorts of fun steps the teachers have to learn to fall in line with standards.
Here’s my confession: I’m all thumbs when it comes to changing diapers. What is it they say? Those who can’t teach? Well, that’s my story. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve changed a ton of diapers in my day but I’m really rusty. Give me a squirmy baby and the baby just might end up with their diaper on backwards. I’m also terrified of changing diapers on baby boys. I’ve heard all the stories. *Knock Wood* so far so good! But I will throw a diaper on a baby boy in two seconds to avoid an accident, and I probably forget half of the steps I teach along the way!
I’ve changed diapers on the squirmer-the baby who wiggles all over the place. And of course there’s the incher-the baby who manages to end up on the other side of the table. Most of the babies I’ve known have at one time or another been the streaker-the baby who will pull their diaper off at any given chance. I’ve managed to avoid the dreaded sprayer so far, but of course as I mentioned, that’s my number one diaper fear. Huggies is trying to help all of us with diaper changing fear with their new slip on diapers. Just pull them on your squirmy baby and skip the the extra steps.
Do you have any funny (now that you can look back and laugh) diaper stories to share? Please share in the comments, I’d love to hear them!
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