There’s something comforting about your change table.
The plastic covering crinkles beneath you as daddy gets you out of your wet diaper. The nearby stacks of diapers are a reminder that you need them and that daddy has made certain that you won’t run out.
You look up to see daddy smiling at you as he changes you. At this moment, your change table feels like a safe island that daddy takes you to where you remember that you really are a baby boy who needs his diapers (and needs his daddy!)
A Practical Place?
If you’re a daddy to an adult baby you probably think of a change table as something that’s practical. And it is!
Diaper changes are easier with a change table, the plastic sheet/padding makes cleaning simple, and you can keep all of the supplies in easy reach.
But for your little boy, a change table also helps to establish a feeling of trust and security. The rituals of diaper changes help to establish that sense of safety and consistency. It tells him that there are places in the world that show that he really is a baby boy who needs his daddy.
The consistency of certain things are important for your little guy. Whether a change table, a crib, or a high chair, there are certain things that will remind him that it’s OK to be a baby boy.
If you don’t have a change table, be sure that you have a space that becomes the regular change area.
But just as important as having a special place for diaper changes is bringing the change table to your little guy!
Say he’s playing with his toys or coloring with his crayons. You give him a diaper check and find he needs a change. Instead of leading him to the change table, grab the diaper supplies and a change mat and quietly set them out.
Breaking up the routines can be just as important as the untouchable rituals. And changing your little guy on a change mat by his toys just helps to remind him that there’s no schedule to when he will need a change, and that daddy is prepared for every eventuality.
For every little boy those moments of having his diaper changed will remind him that he needs his diapers, and as the clean diaper is taped snug that he needs his daddy too.
If you’re a daddy or a little boy – do you have a regular place for changes? Do you have a change mat for when daddy gives a ‘change on the go’? And what are some of the special places daddy has changed you that somehow felt just right?