Here's the thing about babies: they pass ‘bodily functions’. Quite a lot. In fact, a real lot. You have no idea how much until you’ve been through it.
Keep in mind these seven things, and you'll be just fine. Maybe.
1. According to a 2009 article on Babble Soft, a baby will go through almost 5,000 nappies in the first two years. I have no idea of whether this is true, but it sounds plausible at between six and seven nappies a day. On some days, it may be an underestimate!
2. Not all baby wipes are flushable.
3. Never, ever leave a baby unattended on a changing table. Even for a second. Even if she can't move yet. Even if she's strapped on.
4. Have a soft jingly toy that she only gets to hold during a nappy change.
5. It’s okay to use cloth nappies time and time again. The white ones may yellow a bit over time, but they are still fine to use.
6. Don’t let others in your life tell you they can’t change nappies. It’s important to get them in on the action from the beginning – partner, older children, grandparents. Share the love. If you partner feigns incompetence – not that we’re saying he would – have him watch this 6 minute video from The Clueless Father.
7. Cute patterned nappies and bags won’t make a difference to any of the above, but if it helps get you through – go for it!
By the way, I don't want to put you off! Fatherhood is wonderful. But hopefully it's helpful that you know what's ahead of you from someone who had to learn the hard way.