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The truth about baby poo

 
The threat of diaper duty is not really something to be afraid of, says this aunt.
 Robyn Addinall
By Robyn Addinall
Article originally in Parent24
I am not a parent. But I am an aunt.

I have a 3-year-old nephew and an 18-month-old niece whom I see practically every day and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty.

This is a warning and a word of encouragement for all the non-parents or parents-to-be.

From the moment my nephew was born, I was willing to do anything to help. I was eager to feed him, burp him, change a nappy and bath him if I was allowed to.

I'll admit that I was slightly nervous about that first nappy change, but here's what I learnt:

The rumours are true


By no means do babies fart rainbows or poop jelly beans. No, it smells. And it's gross.

I always think to myself, how does a tiny baby, who drinks nothing but milk, smell so bad? Well, I don't know why but they do. It's a fact you'll have to deal with.

It may be disgusting, but...
 
It's manageable. Even for someone like me who doesn't have the strongest of stomachs, it's something that can be dealt with. As long as you're armed with a healthy supply of baby wipes, cream, baby powder and those scented nappy bags, you'll be just fine.

My advice

  1. Hold your breath if you must.
  2. Be quick, be thorough and get it done.
  3. Don't be afraid to use more than one wet wipe.
  4. Distract yourself: Chat to baby.
  5. Remember, it's only a baby and it's only milk.
What do you think? Is baby poo really all that bad? Share with us in the comments below.

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