I have to tell you that the dialog gets a whole lot more descriptive amongst my blind mommy friends. I was the first one out of us to have a baby, so I never really had anyone to go to with questions about what non visual techniques other blind parents used. Back then I wasn’t aware of a blind parent list serve or a blind parents group on Facebook. I guess you could say I was sort of in the dark on this one. So once my friends started having babies and the topic of changing diapers came up, it was quite refreshing finding out that I am not the only one who also gets creative.
Q. How do you change a diaper when you can’t see?
A. Just like I do everything else, by using non-visual techniques. I rely on my other senses along with the vision that I do have. Obviously, I don’t use my sense of taste. I can hear if the baby is peeing while I’m changing the diaper. I can smell if there is anything odd about the pee or poop. I am not afraid to use my sense of touch to make sure that it all got clean.
Q. Have you ever gotten pee or poop on yourself?
A. What parent hasn’t gotten pee or poop on themselves? That simply just comes with the territory of being a parent. Although, I have to admit that there have been a few times that my husband has informed me that I got poo on the wall, or light switch, or wipe warmer.
Q. How do you know if your baby has a diaper rash?
A. Once again it’s that lovely sense of touch that I turn to. There’s nothing wrong with touching your baby. It’s a proven fact that skin to skin contact stimulates cognitive and emotional development in babies. A butt with a diaper rash feels very different from a butt without a diaper rash. It also doesn’t hurt to use a soothing diaper rash cream even if there isn’t one.
Q. Often, you need to pay attention to details like consistency and color, especially once you’re baby is eating solids. How do you tell the difference?
A. Ladies and gentlemen, I say it again. I am not afraid to use my sense of touch. you can usually tell the difference in texture and consistency while wiping. There have been a few times that I have had to use a wipe to inspect the poop. As for color, I can tell if it’s light or dark, but wouldn’t be able to describe if it were actually green or orange. Yesterday, my husband told me that my son’s poop was blue. Well, he did eat a few blueberries the day before
Meet Jackson. He is probably the most mild tempered baby in the world. The only times he cries is if he’s hungry or if his big sister beats up on him. Now that he is crawling, he is getting into everything and putting all sorts of things into his mouth. Until recently, Jackson has never had a diaper rash. Since Saturday we have had a new Jackson in our house. A Jackson that cries all the time and is pooping 7 times a day and is now suffering from his first diaper rash. Jackson is giving me lots of practice in using my non-visual techniques. It is because of him that I am sharing with you on the “touchy” topic of poop.