The diaper sniff test! Who decided that this was a good idea, anyway?
Before I had a child, I witnessed many parents and caretakers lift their baby up to give their bottom a good sniff.
I used to think to myself, “Why on Earth would anybody intentionally do that?”
Then it Happened
I was feeding Daniel in the pool house on Sunday afternoon. He had just finished his bottle, so I turned him over to burp him.
He burped and passed gas, like always and then I just let him drift off to sleep on my chest.
Before long, I sensed an unusual odor.
I thought, “Hmmm, he must have a poopy diaper!” and without even thinking about it, I picked him up and sniffed his butt!
After I got slapped in the face by an odor, which can only be described as unique, I realized what I was doing and laughed out loud, which awoke our sleeping baby boy.
I Did It
I shook my head and thought, I did it. I am now one of those people who sniffs baby’s butts.
Since, DJ seems to produce a poopy diaper only every few days, I figured I better get ahead of the curve, because when he does, he makes up for lost time.
We have a massage table in the pool house, which has become one of Danny Boy’s changing tables, so I sprung into action.
Play Time for DJ
For some reason, DJ thinks that diaper changing time is play time. Of course, Daniel is giggling, kicking his feet and rocking back and forth, which is is typical.
However, on the rare occasion when we do have a poopy diaper, all of his playing has resulted in wet slimy poop on his feet, legs, changing pad and all over the fresh clean diaper, too. So, I decided to proceed with caution.
Warning Poopy Diaper Alert
I carefully placed the fresh diaper under DJ and I had a fresh baby wipe ready to go. Make that two fresh baby wipes; I know the poopy diaper drill!
I opened his recently sniffed diaper and …
I found nothing! Not even a little pee.
Not My First Rodeo
I paused for a moment and thought, that must have been one heck of a phantom fart!
I could still smell it. In fact, I could not, not smell it!!! It was still kinda burning my nose.
I decided I better take another look.
I lifted Daniel up and took a good look at his diaper; it was clean.
I gave him a good wipe to check for sharts (I let you guess what that means!) and I found a little, which was not Earth shattering; he always leaves a little shart for us to find.
Let’s Save Face
Since we had clearly started the process, I decide that I was gonna finish strong.
I had a second wipe ready to go, so I wiped the rest of him down, wrapped up the ‘soiled’ diaper, tossed it in the trash and got DJ into a fresh diaper.
Now, Back to the Premise
I still don’t understand why anyone would decide to sniff a baby’s bottom. I think it must be a parental reflex; we simply can’t stop ourselves.
As for me, I will do my best not to do it anymore! I know that my nose and watery eyes will thank me later.