A chain of Australian childcare centres is encouraging parents to practise respect and cooperation during nappy changes while asking kids for permission before changing nappies at their centres.
The Only About Children chain of childcare centres has encouraged parents to ask their toddlers for cooperation and avoid stopping kids from playing to change their nappies because they “don’t like to be interrupted”.
Parents are also told that they should avoid washing babies’ faces without warning and avoiding saying things like “stop crying”.
A recent email to parents from the chain reveals that the advice encourages kids to remain engaged and on board with the whole thing
“Ask for your baby’s help, talk them through what you are doing and encourage the use of senses,” advice from the centres say.
The advice continues to outline what to do when toddlers become mobile, telling parents to “continue to ask for co-operation but understand that your toddler may wish to now stand for their nappy change.
“Also to encourage their independence, you may ask him to take off his own nappy or wipe himself.”
The chain’s national education manager told the Herald Sun that the approach was based on a studied method that views children as having their own voice and opinion, even before they are verbal.
However, even though staff seek consent before nappy changes, they don’t necessarily leave babies unchanged if the kids don’t give their consent.