Men have had a good run but the secret is out; they can change diapers too.
I hate to be the narc here, but it only seems fair that everyone knows the dirty secret about dads and men in general; men can change diapers. This is obvious to many of you, but somehow a completely foreign concept to others.
When we first had our son, I was spooked because I had never changed a diaper in my life. The first few times I saw my wife change my son, I was prepared to study very closely and take mental notes on this intimidating process. Then, I remember asking, “That’s it?”
Changing diapers is easy. Remove diaper, wipe up any waste, apply new diaper, crack a cold one (optional).
Sure, there is the occasional stray urine stream, a bad smell, or intense squirming sometimes when they get older, but overall, the most daunting aspect is frequency. The frequency becomes a non-issue if the duty is split instead of being unnecessarily forced on just one person/gender.
As a stay-at-home writer and dad, I am aware that my circumstance may be unique (less so all the time though). During the week, I probably change five diapers to every one my wife changes. On the weekends however, those figures swap. Not because she is home and it defaults to her womanly duty, but because she wants to give me a break.
Our household dynamic may be a bit unconventional, but it isn’t because we full-on deny gender roles. I open doors, kill spiders, and investigate noises at night. I don’t mind those things. She does most of the cooking – I don’t like to cook and she doesn’t mind.
I will even grant you that there is a bond between a mother and child that is intangible and unique. It is a subtle difference between a man and woman that I cannot deny. However, I went into this parenthood thing as a willing participant and as a equal partner with my wife regardless.
Changing a diaper is simple, but being an parent isn’t always easy. Even if you stick with a designated diaper changer in your house, make sure that everyone wants it that way and that you are balancing parent duties as much as possible.
Sorry to rat you out guys, but I’m just saying, men can change diapers too.