When you have a child, you take on the responsibility of raising a whole new person. Unfortunately, as most parents are aware, unexpected problems may arise at any moment and need immediate attention.
The necessity to change a child’s nappy is one of those circumstances that arises often.
The need to change your child’s nappy at odd hours might be frustrating, but it’s something that must be done. In this tale, we see a young mother tending to her child’s needs, but her companion was offended by the manner in which she did it.
Parents eventually reach a point when changing a soiled nappy is like second nature. Even more so if they’ve been doing it many times a day for months on end. However, the scent alone might be off-putting for those who do not have children or who are not accustomed to being near young children.
This lady put pen to paper to find out whether she was overreacting by writing down her thoughts and seeing what kind of response she got.
She started to write that the incident had been bothering her all weekend and that she was curious as to whether or not she was overreacting. She begins by saying that she understands the problem better than a parent would since she is not a mother herself.
She described how a college buddy brought her child over to visit, and how “mid-pleasant catch-up it’s apparent 19-month-old needs nappy changing and it’s definitely solids,” the writer said on a website for moms.
Without breaking into our chat, my friend continues to spread down a little changing pad, some wipes, and other assorted baby care items on the carpet in my living room and bring new feculent matter into my home.
That really hasn’t got any case against it, why should anybody be obliged to have their lunch in a bathroom,” the distraught woman wrote. “I am highly supportive of nursing in public, etc.
“But in the same vein — why is it acceptable to change a nappy in a living room rather than a perfectly well-equipped bathroom or even ANY other room that we are not drinking tea in?”
She is in the medical field, therefore she is not repulsed by blood or other body fluids. Her reasoning was as follows: “I get that you are probably completely immune to your own child’s effluence, but to expect others to find it as delightful seems unreasonable,” she wrote.
Numerous others are now siding with her. “As a mum, I would never do this without asking the person there where to change the baby; some friends say go ahead and change it there, and others will direct me to where I can change them,” said another user. “I can’t say I blame you for not wanting to change a soiled nappy in your living room,” she said.
Another person chimed in, saying, “If I were to visit the home of someone I hadn’t seen in a while and who didn’t have young children, I would definitely ask where to change her nappy.” As the saying goes, “It’s just common courtesy.”
Although it’s not something I’d do in a friend’s home, another user was less understanding, saying, “I do think you need to get a grip.” Even though it’s been hours, your anger is still building, so you’ve chosen to compose a lengthy, meandering tirade about it. Is it really so revolting to see a baby’s nappy changed?
“OK, I’m the rude friend that just changes my baby’s bum,” one mother said. “I never considered it ‘offensive,’ I mean, would you want to sit in your own sh*t for any longer than is absolutely necessary?”
Others, though, took exception at a different part of the billboard, which equated nappy changing with nursing.
A commenter offered her some advice: “Word of advice: breastfeeding and pooing are not the same thing, and if you compare the two with any of your breastfeeding friends in real life, you might find yourself short of a friend.” “It’s really rude of you to act that way.”
Do you agree with this lady that her friend shouldn’t have changed her baby in her living room without asking? Share your thoughts on this matter in the comments.
Please forward this to your friends and family so they may consider how they would respond to this circumstance.