WARNING: If you’re eating, maybe just stop.
I’m like the Sam I Am of diaper changes. I can do it in a car, I can do it in a bar. I can change a diaper in my sleep, I can do it without a peep. Standing up or laying down, you won’t even see me frown. Plus, I’ve had experience changing both a boy and a girl so I really feel like I should be given extra diaper points. Oh wait, those don’t exist. Whenever I’m mindlessly wiping and fastening I often think to myself: What was more challenging, a diaper change on a boy or a girl?
With girls, you have to be so careful. Since everything is on the inside, you really need to get involved and be diligent; leftover doo-doo in the folds can lead to pretty nasty infections. I think I can still hear my husband calling “Is it back to front or front to back?!” Girls typically stop surprise peeing on you in the infant stage and even if they do, it’s pretty predictable where it will go. There’s a lot going on for sure, but it helped that I had the same equipment. My daughter seemed to be better at staying still on the changing table than my son; I’m not really sure if that’s gender or personality but it definitely made diaper changing less of an olympic sport.
With boys, there’s always the unexpected urine soak at any given time. Who knows where it will end up. You have to remember to point it down in the diaper too…or end up with a dry diaper but a wet face (science). Everything’s on the outside for boys though so you don’t have to be as careful. Leftover doo-doo will be stinky but not usually a risk for serious infection. My son would rather stand and do jumping jacks while singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star than turn down for WHAT, so that makes it extra challenging. I have gotten really good at changing him mid-motion and always have toys at the ready for distraction. Sometimes the skin on skin action you have to peel off plus never knowing what shape you’re going to be dealing with has me like, Elaine on Seinfeld: “I don’t know how you guys walk around with those things.”
…BUT even with all of that said, I’m still going with girls as the harder gender to change.
There’s just too much room for error.
What’s your take?
Both of my kids had a lot of diaper rashes. And shocking I know, but I’m a teeny tiny bit of a diaper ointment snob. It can’t be too gooey but it can’t be too light. It’s gotta pack a punch, but it can’t smell like chemicals. Most importantly, I want results by the next day every time. (If only my personal hygiene standards were so high, huh?) My go-to diaper cream brand is Dr. Smith’s. It’s gentle yet effective, goes to work fast, and smells natural – that checks everything off my list. (They even have a diaper rash spray for when you don’t feel like getting all up in there; perfect for on-the-go.)
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