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How To Get Out of Diaper Duty: A Confessional

Posted by Ali | Thursday April 26, 201213 comments
How to Get out of Diaper Duty: A Confessional
No baby knows how to fill a diaper quite like my son.  It's epic, really.  Even as a newborn when we heard the grunts, saw the redness in his face and the concentration in his stare, we knew it was time to brace for the worst. 

But ladies, get ready to thank me because I have figured out how to get my husband to change almost every evening and weekend diaper our son has had for the last 8 months.  I'm going to let you in on my little secret: Convince him it's Daddy & Baby Bonding Time!

No joke, this is what I do:
Baby: Grrrrrunt!
Me: (smiles evilly)
Me: Oh Daddy!
Alex: (from the basement wielding a power drill) Ya?
Me: Our son needs you!
Baby: …UUUUUNNNNNT!  (Brief pause during which he smiles with relief)  Agoo?
Alex: (Upstairs now, covered in drywall dust) So what's the problem?

Me:  He has a dirty diaper.  Can you help him out with that?
Alex:  Are you serious? I'm in the middle of (… whatever.  I honestly have no idea what he does down there)
Me:   But he misses you!  You're always so busy and he loves spending time with you.
Baby: (showcasing his best gummy smile. He's totally in on this) Gaaaah?

Me: Awwww! Look how excited he is to see you!

Alex: (sighing) Fine.  Hi buddy!
And up they go to the nursery for a diaper change.
I actually think he doesn't mind it.  Who wouldn't love seeing the little chubster stuffing his feet in his mouth while burbling something unintelligible?  I've even caught Alex singing to him during this intimate time. 

It's more important than ever for Dads to be hands-on with kids right from the start, being a good example of a man, a father and husband.  These precious moments together in the nursery are a great foundation.  And, it gives me a much needed break!

Who does most of the diaper duty in your house?
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on April 01, 2015  glumbumble  10,038 said:

I don't mind being on diaper duty. It's feeding I absolutely hate. Sometimes he takes forever, or he's so messy, or fussy and he just won't finish a bottle. I'd rather deal with messy diapers over that. Plus he's always particularly happy on the changing table for some reason.

on September 08, 2012  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

This is so cute! What a fun story. If I ever have another child, I'm totally stealing this.... haha!

on May 01, 2012  chercher  403 said:

so cute. i love your story. so adorable little thing. i could pinch those cheeks forever.

on April 30, 2012  Henrys  815 said:

Who ever is closest to the kid. We have shared the job from day 1, good thing since we have twins!

on April 27, 2012  GoneBatty  3,196 said:

What a cute story! I wish this would work with my husband. He's fine with changing diapers unless they are the stinky ones LOL

on April 27, 2012  LisaDrew  2,273 said:

Hahaha, great story! I do a very similar thing to my husband....but in the end, as stinky as it may be, it really is a good time for bonding :)

on April 27, 2012  lawrencesharon  1,325 said:

This is really an interesting one.

on April 26, 2012  Aliza  13,970 said:

Haha, great story Ali!

on April 26, 2012  takoda  28,648 said:

That was great Ali, you have that man of yours trained well.LOL Back in
the day when our guy's were little my hubby would do the deed, but only
if he really had to. Other wise it was mom, or grandma doing it. I'm
sure happy those days are over with.LOL

on April 26, 2012  beachbabe  4,164 said:

bahahaha I love this. Great story!

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