The very first post I ever illustrated was about changing diapers. It feels like ages ago. And things have changed.
I’m now diapering a toddler.
Time for an update!
This is what changing a diaper is like right now…
Poopy diaper changes are a two person job but I’m often understaffed. Today is one of those days.
First, a scent is detected:
I go for a visual check by pulling the back of his diaper away from his body:
I have to get a visual to determine the severity of the poop. This information is used to estimate how many wipes I’ll need to prepare.
It is severe.
I go and wet several with warm water:
I don’t really do that. I think people only do that in the movies.
Anyway, then I plant the wipes in the changing area and find Crappy Baby.
I make an announcement:
And the chase begins…
He usually winds up ducking under the table.
So I have to go under there and drag him out as he giggles:
Finally, I’ve captured him!
I hold him away from me (the method mentioned in this post also about poop) because if I use the traditional hip hold his squirming may shift his diaper just enough that I’ll get poop on my dress. Best to play it safe.
We arrive to the diaper changing area:
But sometimes I’m not prepared for his leg-swung-over-his-body flip maneuver:
And this happens:
So I hold him down with one hand while selecting a distraction object:
Even his backbend move is calmed at the offer of a distraction object:
It is a new book. Not new to our house but new to the distraction offerings basket.
So it actually works:
Almost there! This is going well…
Book is tossed. His hands go straight to the poop:
I offer it in an excited, high-pitched tone so that it sounds fantastically interesting:
But it too winds up where I don’t want it:
All that is left is to get a new diaper on him. He really hates this.
He backbends, he twists, he flails his arms and legs.
I have to hold him down with my knee:
By the time I bend down to deal with the dirty diaper, he has already flung himself from the mat and is out the door.
A job well done. I’m tired.