Diaper changing is the primary symbol of men’s resistance to baby care. Refusing to do so will immediately tag you as a dolt of a dad and a long term candidate for celibacy. On the other hand, a lot of dads-to-be have a real issue with the notion of diapers full of stinking poop. If this includes you, this is what you need to know:
- Your baby’s poop the first few days does not smell.
His discharge in the first days (called meconium) is dark and sticky like tar, but has no odor.
- Breast fed babies poop does not stink.
Digested milk will come out yellow and only has a subtle odor that has been compared to that of unpopped microwave popcorn.
- You will get used to the smell of your own baby’s poop.
An Australian study found that moms prefer the smell of their own baby’s poop, and speculated this was the result of “evolutionary adaptation” enabling them to overcome their gag reflex so they can care for their baby. Since we shared the cave, this probably includes us.
- A small amount of Vick’s placed inside your nostrils will kill the smell.
Once he starts eating solids, particularly meat, his diaper will smell, and sometimes it will seriously stink. If this concerns you, get a small jar of Vick’s and put it in the diaper bag. Then take poop off your list of worries.
- You can make a deal.
If it becomes a problem, think of tradeoffs – who gets up at night, bath duty, crying specialist, cooking, backrubs, etc. – and suggest a workable arrangement. Not a bad habit for mom and dad to get into.
And relax; it won’t be as bad as you think.