I watched a mom change her young baby’s diaper the other day and was once again so aware of the power of this shared moment between parent and baby.
For diaper changing is not only about keeping babies clean and comfortable, but also about the personal exchange that takes place. For diapering offers both parent and child the perfect few moments to emotionally connect.
Who hasn’t made up our own silly songs as we “do the dipe, do the dipe”, repeat the last little piggy running “wee, wee, wee, all the way home” , done a diaper dance, shared a peekaboo moment with the clean diaper before putting it on, or made a diaper talk to a run-away 18-month -old?
Then, of course there’s often the familiar banter, deals made between partners of whose turn it is to take care of the big job this time.
Take care – those are the two operative words here for me. I love that expression “take care”.
Because as parents, that is our job, our purpose.
We take care of keeping our children clean and comfortable. We take care when we do this most intimate task in conveying joy and love through our actions.
As parents, we mostly take this everyday task of diapering for granted. Yet there are families who are struggling financially – where the expense of diapers is a stressful burden they face everyday and often find too challenging to keep up with.
And so the banter, the exchange, the ability to “take care” is limited, and this lack is heavy in the hearts and minds of these loving parents, and as research has found, in the very well-being of the family.
That’s why The Parenting Place is holding a Diaper Drive during the month of July to gather diapers we can offer to families in need – so they can have the peace of mind and feel the relief and the joy in being able to take care of their child’s needs.
If you are interested in participating in The Parenting Place July Diaper Drive, we are accepting all sizes, (partial packs included) as well as diaper wipes also. The most requested size is 4’s and 5’s. You can drop them off at The Parenting Place. We will see that families receive them.