You’re dressed in a diaper and a brightly colored t-shirt. Sitting on the living room floor, you’re maybe playing a video game or building a space station out of Lego.
It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and you hear daddy in a nearby room – maybe he’s listening to music, reading the paper, or folding laundry (little boys go through a LOT of clothes in a week!)
Every now and then, daddy slips in behind you and then slides a finger along the waist of your diaper to check if you’re wet. As he does, you get a warm feeling, a little blush, but you’re glad daddy is checking you.
You try to remember if you’ve wet your diaper more than once. You know from the slight dampness between your legs that you wet at LEAST once, but you don’t really remember.
Daddy gives you a little kiss on the cheek and leaves you to your play. Not wet enough for a change, clearly!
You feel the happiness of Sunday afternoon. There’s something lazy and gentle about the day. The crinkle of your diapers as you shuffle around gives you a feeling of security. At one point, you’re aware of a tingling feeling and a spreading sensation of warmth in your diaper, but you’re too preoccupied to really notice the heaviness of your diaper.
But daddy notices. With his little guy dressed in just a diaper he can see by the wetness indicator as he approaches that his son will need a change.
Your attention is taken from your play to daddy as you notice him roll out a change mat beside you. You look in daddy’s eyes.
“Time to get you into a clean diaper, little one,” he says.
There’s nothing better than a change table for a thorough diaper cleaning and change. All of the supplies are nearby and the height of a change table makes it easier for a dad to make sure that a boy’s diaper is nice and snug and secure. A change table also helps when it’s time to get a little guy into a new outfit – shortalls for the park, or a sleeper or romper for nap time.
But a change mat is perfect for a quick change. When a boy is playing, watching a video with his dad, or in his playpen, a change mat is perfect for a quick diaper change without taking him out of the space he’s in.
Ideally, a change mat will have a waterproof plastic lower panel. I find that crinkly material is somehow more reassuring – it probably ISN’T any more waterproof but it gives a sense of comfort to a little guy, and he doesn’t have to worry about a soggy diaper leaving a splotch on the carpet. I always think it’s critical when caring for an adult baby that he not feel any apprehension or worry about using his diapers, and concerns over leaks or damage should be the last thing on his mind.
Cute prints are in order for the other side of the mat. Something that suits his personality – whether toy block patterns, teddy bears, or bright primary colors suitable to a little boy or toddler.
Keep the change mat somewhere convenient.
I sometimes forget where I leave stuff, so I prefer to have it somewhere visible, with a diaper bag nearby with wipes, powder, lotion and, of course, diapers.
This also makes it easier if I need to grab everything for a trip – a drive in the country, or to a quiet stretch of beach. I find it doesn’t matter that you’re changing someone in a car or in a quiet place outdoors – a change mat makes everything easier wherever you are.
As your little guy crinkles in his clean diaper, the change mat rustling beneath him, and his thumb (or paci) instinctively in his mouth, you’ll see a happy look in his eyes from the feeling that daddy both cares for him and changed him, and yet the act felt like a routine part of the day.