A recent story out of Australia features a father complaining that his son’s diaper burst open overnight.
It’s typical of the type of thing you seem to see daily nowadays: Person misuses “insert product name here,” person posts about it online under the guise of warning others so they don’t suffer the same fate.
Here’s the thing: I get it. I have two young children – one recently out of diapers, one still in them. When a diaper explodes, it suuuuucks. It’s the worst. It’s gross and messy and all that horrible stuff. And when a diaper’s gooey insides come out, well that’s just one more gross substance that you’ve got to clean up, and that’s no fun for anyone.
But the thing is, this is what happens IF YOU DON’T CHANGE A DIAPER FOR HOURS AND HOURS. Again, I get it. As a parent, it’s not always possible to change a diaper every time your kid, well, makes something to clean up. Especially overnight. Most nights you take your chances and hope you don’t wake up to a massive mess. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t. That’s parenting.
But if you let it go for many hours in a row, you have to be prepared for the possible outcomes. These outcomes include: an extremely stinky diaper that has indeed managed to contain everything that’s been emptied into it; an extremely stinky diaper that has unfortunately not managed to contain everything that’s been emptied into it; an extremely stinky diaper whose innards have absorbed everything they possibly can and has completely burst open into a pee and poo and weird gelatin-like mess.
See the pattern here?
Now, here’s what you do if one of the above outcomes occurs: clean it up. That’s it. End of story.
What you shouldn’t do is post about it online, blaming the diaper manufacturer, prompting them to release a statement that their diapers are the same as they’ve always been, but they of course take the matter “very seriously.” Some PR person actually had to craft a lengthy statement about this! Come on.
Change it and move on.
Kids are gross. They smell, they’re sticky, they make messes and everything they touch instantly becomes a major cleanup project. As parents, we know that going in. And we love them anyway.