A chain of Australian childcare centres are advising parents to take permission from their babies before changing their nappies.
This chain which operates more than 75 centres in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are telling parents how to carry out a ‘respectful nappy change’.
This includes continuing to ask ‘for cooperation’ while at the same encouraging a child’s sense of ‘independence’.
According to the advice, parents should consider changes from a baby’s perspective:
If you were a baby, how would you like to have your nappy changed? The most significant thing about a nappy change is not the new nappy. It’s the good feelings shared between baby and parent. It’s the relationship.
The centre has also encouraged parents to remain open-minded, to give their undivided attention and not interrupt their toddlers during play.
National education manager Angela Ngavaine said members of staff ‘involve’ babies and toddlers in the nappy changing process, making sure to ask them, ‘Are you ready for a nappy change?’.