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Aversion to Dirty Diapers

QUESTION:

I am a new father of an 8 month old beautiful girl. I heard about this daddy boot camp in a magazine the other day and am now checking it out online. Anyways, my question is regarding changing dirty diapers. I really want to be able to change her diaper, but with the poopy ones I honestly feel myself gagging. I am worried about throwing up on her.

Again, it's not that I don't want to change her poopy diapers, I just don't know how to stomach it. If you could send me any ideas on how to change my daughter's diaper without adding to the mess, I'd appreciate it.




ANSWER:

Dirty diapers are a significant obstacle for many new fathers; most guys gradually get used to it so they’re ready when their baby starts eating solid food with meat (which produces the strongest smells). Beyond looking forward to toilet training (girls tend to be faster than boys), I suggest:

  1. Some guys use nose plugs, avoid looking at the mess until they need to, or treat diaper changing like a NASCAR pit stop to get it over ASAP. Try these (with no one else looking on) and use your imagination on what might work for you.
  2. Some dads like to dab a little Vicks VapoRub under their nose to handle the smell.
  3. Place a bucket close by so losing your lunch, the worst that can happen, is no big deal. This may actually help you get used to it.
  4. There are lots of other ways to care for your daughter, so focus on them, and ask your mate to handle the dirty ones. We all have our strengths and weaknesses.

Make sure that your aversion to dirty diapers does not inhibit your overall involvement with your daughter – as this is the real risk you face. Good luck and let me know how it works out.

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