Experienced mothers provide diaper changing tips, specifically on how to get dad involved with changing diapers for your new baby.
How moms make sure everyone in the house (hi, Dad!) is part of the changing crew.
Show him the ropes. "After our son was born, I found that there were a lot of things that my husband just didn't know how to do—diapers being number one, and number two, ha, ha. I started babysitting at age 11, so a lot of this stuff came easily to me. I knew my husband was going to need help when I saw him holding baby, who’d just pooped, like he was a bomb about to go off! I showed him the ropes and these days he pitches in without me even having to ask."
—Stacy Spiehler, mom of one, Jackson, Mississippi
Share and share alike. "At our house, the rule is, 'Whoever smells it, changes it.' My husband and I both work full-time so we split parenting duties 50-50 on almost everything. It’s a system that works great for us. Now I’m going to go give my husband a big kiss because I just realized how good I’ve got it."
—Mary Elizabeth Hart, mom of one, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Make it special time "I'm a stay-at-home mom, so most of the diapering responsibility is mine. I did 'assign' my husband the nighttime routine, so he does the last diaper change of every day. It gives me a chance to relax and him a chance to spend a little time with baby"
—Jennifer Bush, mom of two, San Jose, California
Give the guy a break. "When I married my husband, he had three older kids and he’d rarely done diapers. That changed when we had a baby! I’m all for an equal partnership. When he comes home from work, though, he needs to decompress. If I allow him that time, I find he's ready, willing, and happy to take on the role of Dad."
—Renee Cole, mom of four, Lombard, Illinois
Just ask. "My husband is an involved Dad who helps with baths and bedtime, but he doesn’t like diaper changes, so I’m usually the one handling them. I do have one great way to get him to help, though: I ask him to! If I ask him nicely, he never turns me down."
—Crystal Holsted, mom of three, North Little Rock, Arkansas
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