Do you have a copy of Everyone Poops lying around? Time to pack it up and send it to Seattle! A mom was kicked off a city bus there because her sick baby had a stinky diaper, and it was bothering other passengers.
Oh come on guys, really? You know you did that once too, right?
Come to think of it, just about every mom I know has been in the situation Nichole Hakimian was in this week.
Maybe it wasn't a city bus taking your sick kid to the doctor (oh, did I mention that part? She was taking her poor little man to the doctor when he had diarrhea in his diaper!). Maybe it was a grocery store, and you'd just put the 24th item on your list of 25 into the cart when you smelled something foul coming at you from the general vicinity of the gurgling, grinning pumpkin perched up in the front. Or maybe it was the post office. Or an older child's school.
Point is, kids poop. And they don't always make sure to poop in places where there is easy access to a changing table, or even just a nice flat surface to plop them down. Which leaves you with two choices -- neither of them especially good.
Do you make do with the space you have and change your kid's stinky diaper right then and there in a public space, where they're screaming their bloody lungs out, and people are staring and complaining about the stink? Or do you decide to let them sit in it for a few minutes until you can get to a place where you'll have a little privacy, or at least a clean surface?
Either way, people are going to smell it because, let me repeat this one more time: kids poop. It's part of life. And all the people smelling it were once little stinkers who crapped their own pants.
Hakimian says her son stunk up his diaper just after she climbed aboard the bus, and she was hoping to get him to the doctor for a change. I probably would have done the same thing. Can you imagine the stink (pun very much intended) if she'd laid him across a seat and tried to actually change him?
Have you been hassled over your kid's stinky diaper? How did it got down?
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