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4 Ways to Get Dad to Do Diapers (Hint: Start Now!)

Worried you have a diaper-duty dodger on your hands? Try our foolproof guide to getting Dad to do his fair share. Because you’re in this together—for better or for poop.
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1. Practice, practice, practice. Even if you tried diapering at a birth-prep class, keep it up at home. Grab a baby doll, dipes and wipes, and make a date out of it. Maybe it’s not quite as fun as going to the movies, but we promise you’ll be giggling before you know it.

2. Discuss doodie duty. It’s smart to talk about diapering expectations during pregnancy so you and Dad are on the same page before junior arrives. As you practice diapering, you could say something funny but pointed like, “Honey, I’m going to be counting on you to help with diapers—you know, until the baby’s in college. You’re in, right?”

3. Get him a cool Dad bag. “I bought my husband a very hip-but-manly diaper bag: black leather, sleek, no teddy bears or pastels anywhere. I packed it with necessities and gave it to him about a month before our son was born,” says Nina Johnson, a mom of two from Durango, Colorado. “It did the trick. He was proud to carry it around and actually put it to use.” Yes, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, and it sends a clear message: “You’ll be changing diapers too, Daddio.”

4. Let him know that Dads who diaper are sexy. Seriously! Watching your guy diaper your newborn will show you a whole other amazing side of him, and mentioning that can help him get past any lingering hesitations. He’ll be happy, you’ll be happy—everyone wins.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 546reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by my husband doesn't mind changing diapers or carrying around the diaper bad hes excited about being a dad so this specific article wasn't needed in my situation. November 20, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by my fiance doesnt mind changing our son';s diaper, after working all day away, its actually what he loves to do November 18, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Good evening all,Not to assume too much, but I expect the majority of those who read this will be women. So perhaps, as a man and father of 2, +1 on the way, I can offer some advice. First, my wife and I completely share in the diaper duties. We just play whoever smells it and/or can get to it first. And she's my wife...so I don't cheat. I know how to stay out of trouble, LOL. Anyway, second, I guess I just thought it appropriate not to expect my wife to automatically hold sole responsibility for changing diapers (among other child care responsibilities); however, that being said, I suppose if your gentleman needs a little convincing here are perhaps a few tips:(1) Some probably complain about how gross it can be, and should this be your case, you ought to remind him that he is supposed to be the "man". I understand this may seem counterintuitive given the idea here is to break-through stereotypes (ie women should change diapers), but, hey, whatever works.(2) Don't be all mean or complaining about it as that will honestly probably just annoy him and drive him further, rather speak to him like the best friend he should be and remind him that marriage/child raising absolutely has to be 50-50 to be the best, and that includes everything from ideological choices to changing diapers.(3) As a father, even if it may not appear as much on the surface, deep down he (should) wants opportunities to bond with his children. People often overlook or forget that every little interaction is a building block to "bonding with your children". So whether this be changing diapers, giving baths, putting to bed, etc.; remind him everything counts.(4) Just don't make it that big a deal! I'm of the mindset that the more you may come at him like you're wanting him to juggle chainsaws and torches while riding a unicycle, texting, saying his ABC's backwards, and crossing his eyes, the more he will think it's a big deal. I'm a man, and although I consider myself intelligent (currently working on my 2nd Master's degree), I'm not afraid to admit a lot of the time the kind-of general/habitual thought process is probably quite similar to that of children. SO, as such, manipulate your words and delivery to be appropriate.And if all that is for not, I guess you can always just treat him like a child and "take things away from him", or "ground him from things". LOL.Best of luck November 14, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I am so lucky when it comes to changing dirty diapers, and I always say the one holding him gets to change him! lol November 6, 2014
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