An Australian childcare center is encouraging parents to ask their babies’ permission before changing their diapers. Only About Children, which has more than 75 locations in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, believes that a “respectful nappy change” requires communication between parent and child, asking “for cooperation” while still encouraging the little one to pursue “independence.”
- Consider the baby’s perspective. The advice, which was published by 7News, urges parents to consider how their baby might feel about having its diaper changed. “If you were a baby, how would you like to have your nappy changed? The most significant thing about a nappy change is not the new nappy. It’s the good feelings shared between baby and parent. It’s the relationship.”
- There are other guidelines parents should follow. The childcare center also suggests that parents be open-minded when it comes to changing their child’s diaper and not interrupt toddlers during playtime. “Continue to ask for cooperation but understand that your toddler may wish to now stand for their nappy change,” the advice says. “Also encourage their independence, you may ask him to take off his own nappy or wipe himself.”
- Your undivided attention is necessary. While some parents might be eager to hurry through a diaper change, the guidance encourages them to slow down and take their time. “Toddlers sense our hurry or distraction, and it can make them tense and resistant.”
- The motivation behind the advice is worth listening to. While it might seem silly to ask a baby’s permission to change its diaper when it clearly needs to be done, the principle behind it is sound. It’s about teaching your baby bodily autonomy and respect, and it’s not really such a bad idea. Even if your child is so small that they can’t yet answer you back, getting into good habits can only foster positive behavior moving forward, right?