The OODD Guide to Nappy Changing a Crawler…

So it’s happened. You’ve been dreading it for months now and, finally, it’s here!!

HE/SHE (delete as appropriate) is…

CRAWLING!

In a moment, HE/SHE finally mastered forward propulsion and, with an unremarkable shuffle, your life just changed forever.

What happened next? You panicked didn’t you? Don’t be coy, everyone does. Suddenly, the realization dawns that your little crying & pooing creature (that you’re not allowed to return to the shop because you lost the receipt or something) has cast off its most endearing quality – complete immobility. That’s right, from now on it won’t be staying where you put it and that’s bloody scary!

The blind panic that this triggers lasts around 24 hours (usually), during which time you tape the furniture to the floor, blunt all the butter knives and rip up the carpet (replacing it with Velcro).

Don’t worry it’s all perfectly normal.

Now that you’ve ruined your house, bubble-wrapped the dog and sanded down all the sharp edges on grandma, in a futile bid to overcome your little darling one’s kamikaze tendencies, another horrendous thought strikes: “How the hell am I going to change their nappies?”

Fear not, you’re in the right place. Here’s my exclusive OODD guide to nappy changing a Crawler.

You can thanks me later.

1: STAY CALM

What you’re about to do is like sitting down to watch Sex & The City 2 – essentially no good will come of this situation. It will (I promise) be a living hell from beginning to end. Reconcile yourself to that. Perhaps have a few moments of quiet contemplative swearing before you begin.

It can help.

2: BE DETERMINED

Crawlers can smell weakness, just like you can smell the contents of their Pampers. Don’t let them think they’re going to win – otherwise they will test you. Consider drop kicking a teddy before you begin to show your Crawler that you mean business. Place your Crawler onto their changing mat and tell them as confidently as you can that they’re nappy is about to be changed.

3: DON’T FORGET WET-WIPES

Crawlers have a special 6th Sense that instructs them in the best way to create maximum carnage during a nappy change. If said diaper is merely wet they may just conserve energy. If, however, it’s messier than an explosion in a gateaux factory it’s guaranteed they’ll move quicker than a Jeremy Kyle show guest when the free bar opens.

THERE WILL BE POO EVERYWHERE. 

Wet-wipes can hide a multitude of sins. By ‘sins’ (of course) mean poo. I’m yet to meet a surface that a wet wipe couldn’t clean. When cleaning a Crawler the wet-wipe is your friend. There have been times, if I’d laid them all out, I could’ve created a baby wet-wipe version of the Turin shroud.

4: RE-DECORATE

I may have over-stated wet-wipes cleaning abilities. They don’t (necessarily) get rid of the smell. Don’t worry, you’ll get used it. But if you’re planning to have visitors (ever) you’ll probably want to re-decorate – once a week should do the trick. If you have a spare room, consider getting a painter and decorator to move in on a permanent basis. Trust me there’ll always be stuff for them to do – mainly painting over pooey hand-prints.

5: BUY BROWN CARPETS

You’ll never regret a brown carpet. It may be covered in skid-marks but no-one will ever know*.

*This isn’t strictly true. The smell is something of a giveaway. Consider recruiting people with no sense of smell as friends.

6: BUY YOURSELF BROWN CLOTHES

For further elaboration, see my thoughts on brown carpets. If brown isn’t your colour, perhaps try getting into the vinyl or rubber scene*. Either material is very easily wiped down – although a lack of pockets may be an issue.

* This may make raise a few eyebrows among the neighbours – although they probably hate you already because of all the crying (from the baby).

7: STAY CALM

You won’t. Running around after a crawler who is smearing every item you hold dear in excrement is unlikely to have this effect. That said – I’m trying to fill up space.

8: IT CAN WAIT

Why not just keep putting off changing the nappy? I find the morning alarm-clock approach works a treat: “I’ll get up in 10 minutes” can easily become “I’ll change them in 10 minutes.”

Why do now what you can put off until later? Words to live by if ever I heard them!

9: DON’T NEGOTIATE

It’s likely that you’ll find yourself pleading with your Crawler just to stay still for a moment – this is often accompanied by tears (yours).

“Daddy’s had a long day, please be still.”

“Be nice to daddy, don’t put your pooey hands on the wall.”

“Please don’t wipe your bottom on the carpet!”

Don’t do this, it won’t help. Have some self-respect.

10: WINE HELPS

I find the best solution is just to go with the flow. Reconcile yourself to the fact that your home and all your clothes are going to have a ‘funny smell’ for the next few years and relax. Rather than worrying about avoiding the inevitable, just close your eyes and think about the copious amounts of alcohol you’re going to drink when your Crawler goes to bed. I’d recommend something with a strong bouquet, to mask any nasty niffs.

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So concludes my OODD guide to nappy changing a Crawler. I hope it’s changed your life.

Still Sinking…

The Out of Depth Dad

@Outofdepth_dad

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What have wet wipes ever done for us?

Wet wipes, I’ve got drawer after drawer of the bloody things.

You can’t open a cupboard, unzip a bag or even clean down the back of the sofa (not something I do often) in our house without being hit by an avalanche of moist towelettes.

But, at the end of the day, what have wet wipes ever done for me?

Nothing. That’s what!

Except making changing nappies considerably easier than using toilet paper or cotton wool. We had to use cotton wool when Sam was in hospital, it was a nightmare – bits of fluff getting everywhere. It didn’t so much collect ‘matter’, more just move it around.

OK. So apart from making changing nappies considerably easier, what have wet wipes ever done for me?

Thinking about it, they’re pretty good at cleaning up sick too! They don’t dissolve into porridge-like goo in the same way kitchen roll can. Wet wipes are really good at holding onto chunks of matter that might be found in said regurgitation.

OK, OK. Moving on…

So apart from making changing nappies considerably easier and being pretty good at cleaning up sick, what exactly have wet wipes ever done for me?

Oh yes. They’re great at getting rid of snotty noses. Especially when the bogies are dried on and have the consistency of toughened concrete. Wet wipes remove snot much more effectively than the old spit and hankie technique my mum used to prefer.

OK. OK. That’s all well and good. But apart from making changing nappies considerably easier, being pretty good at cleaning up sick and great at getting rid of snotty noses, what exactly have wet wipes ever done for me?

*Wet wipes cleaned my glasses nicely after Sam decided he wanted to rub them with Ella’s Kitchen covered mits – not ideal if you’re just heading off to a driving lesson and aren’t allowed behind the wheel without eye-wear.

*They also provide a great distraction during nappy changes. I hand an unopened packet to Sam and it keeps him occupied while I get on with the messy business. In fact, wet wipes’ packets, with their crackling sounds, are treated by my son as if they are the world’s greatest toy. Nothing makes him happier, other than (perhaps) a sock that’s been newly liberated from his foot.

*They were great at removing all traces of chicken tikka masala from a new pair of brogues, when I slipped on a squeaky pig and sent my dinner flying.

*Wet wipes were also great at providing a substitute for a shower when I arrived late (long story) – sweating heavily – for an interview with a minor celebrity. The wipes were pleasingly refreshing , in fact they should write that on the packet!

*Wet wipes were also a great way of cleaning milk formula off my iPhone, when a certain baby knocked over an entire container of the powder – causing a mini snowdrift! Note: I wouldn’t recommend doing this, it probably invalidated the warranty.

*Four packets of wet wipes also provided effective ballast, preventing a picnic blanket Sam and I were sat upon from taking off, during a sudden windy period. We’ve had a lot of sudden windy periods since he started weaning…

But apart from making nappy changes considerably easier, being pretty good at cleaning up sick,  great at getting rid of snotty noses, polishing my spectacles, providing distraction during nappy changes, removing traces of chicken tikka masala from new brogues, giving a refreshing shower substitute, cleaning formula off my phone and providing effective ballast at picnics… wet wipes have never done anything for me!

At all!

Thank God for wet wipes.

I’m sure you agree!

Still sinking…

The Out of Depth Dad.

@Outofdepth_dad

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BTW, take a look at this: Monty Python’s Roman’s sketch.