Now is a good time as any to tell my story as to my analness OR obsession over changing a diaper asap after I know baby has soiled.
When my ds#1 was a babe we had an in her home sitter that was cirtified with the state. We thought she was a great choice since the babies in her care seemed happy and her house was nice and clean. Well then soon ds started developing diaper rashes that no matter what I tried he'd never get rid of. One day she suggested Baby Gold Bond and it did work great, BUT as soon as I'd get rid of a rash low and behold another would come back. I felt like an awful mom (why do we blame ourselves whenever something happens to our babes even if it's not our fault?). Then one day I got off work early and picked ds up. As I approched the front door I could hear ds crying hard and as I rang the door bell I looked in the window. I could see ds standing in a play pen beet red and snot and saliva pouring out of his face.
. I went in and got him up and his diaper was so drenched it was litterally drooping to his knees. I get him cleaned up, calmed down w/o talking loud, and had him ready to head out the door (winter time so had to put on layers) and THEN the sitters mother (my sitter was in her mid 40's to start with) came out of a back room and said , "oh I didn't hear you come in".
WTF no doubt and my child could have been stolen or worse and nobody giving a rats patootie.
editing to say: That was 11 years ago and dh and I were dirt poor, on WIC and eating Raman noodles and hambuger from ALdis, using aldi brand dipes. We did instantly fire that sitter and reported her to the state. She in turn insisted we pay her the 2 week "notice" time that was in the contract but I refused due to her neglect. Every day when I picked up ds his diaper bag had maybe 1 or 2 dipes left in it when I usually put in 6-8 dipes which was plenty. Come to find out from that day, that he'd only been changed maybe 2 times on average and she was hording his dipes (for what I have no idea).
NOW, this is mostly why I'm so nuts and get so angry, sick, and sad for babies that are NEGLECTED and not changed as soon as the caregiver, whether a parent or not, is aware. There is NO reasonable excuse NOT to change a baby's diaper as soon as possible. NONE!! NO sane ADULT would want to sit around in potty, so then WHY THE *BLEEP* do they force this upon an innocent baby that is incapable of changing their dipe. I don't care what kind of diaper a person uses, whether sposie or cloth, there is no excuse for such laxness when it comes to a baby's hygene. For the record, yes I even change diapers in middle of the night even on my 15 month old when he wakes me up restless from a wet dipe. I did this while using sposies and I do this with cloth. What I find ironic is that a lot of these same said people, make sure the baby has good oral hygene, makes sure they have nice clean tidy clothes, everything perfect looking and clean...as their baby is sitting in their own waste. I guess I needed to vent too, it just has been burning me lately reading how little people change and wish to change their own childrens diapers. I know not every sposie user "neglects" their babies hygene needs, but it is much easier to do so with sposies and even some cloth dipes, which I've moved away from since it's harder for me to tell when he goes. Thanks for letting me vent my spleen.
for all the neglected babies sitting in grossness