Men Don't Change Diapers
In Hollywood, men are completety incapable of changing their childrens' diapers.
Earl: "I am not changing any more diapers!"
Fran: "Neither am I."
Baby: "This could get ugly."
Earl: "This is female's work, that's why I married a female!"Changing diapers is no fun. Everyone knows that. But in movies, men seem to REALLY hate doing it. It seems to Squick them out to the point that they may even feel ill thinking about the subject. Typically appears in comedies. Subtrope of Bumbling Dad, Men Can't Keep House. Related to Men Are Tough, Parenting the Husband.
—Dinosaurs, episode, "Nature Calls"
- Averted in Baby Blues, as Darryl has repeatedly changed the diapers of all three of his and Wanda's children repeatedly. One Story Arc even has him doing this at the diaper table in a shopping mall bathroom, with the other characters being surprised at him for doing so.
- Inverted in Christmas in Connecticut. Elizabeth, a single career woman, is helpless with babies, which is a problem because plot contrivances have forced her to impersonate a Housewife. Luckily, her house guest Jefferson had nieces and nephews and is a champ at diaper changing.
- In Daddy Day Care Phil doesn't have any idea how to change his son's (who should be potty-trained at that age) diaper.
- When the infant from Blue Sky Studios' Ice Age starts crying nonstop, his companions, all male animals, deduce that his "baby-thingie" is full. Sid the sloth is charged with changing it, since returning Bonebag to his father at Glacier Pass was his idea. It turns out the diaper was clean; the kid was actually hungry. The whole scene was Played for Laughs, of course.
- Michael Keaton's character is like this near the beginning of Mr. Mom after he is fired and his wife finds a good job before he does. He slowly becomes more comfortable with his role as a stay-at-home dad.
- Aversion: In the original The Parent Trap the father mentions that he used to change the girls' diapers. He expresses no disgust for it, seeing it as a bonding experience and a badge of honor for a father. And this would've been during the early fifties!
- In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Greg's dad despises changing Manny's diapers, but appears to be in charge of the job.
- Averted in Loser. Zinkoff's father is said to be good about changing diapers, but he has no stomach for vomit. This is quite a problem for dealing with his son, as Zinkoff was born with a faulty stomach pump and thus frequently vomits.
- Averted by patriarch Archie Bunker from All in the Family when he had sole charge of his grandson Joey in one episode. Deducing that Joey needed a change, Archie undertook the task, talking himself through the procedure. Archie's work was competent, though there was the laughable part of dropping the used diaper in a wastecan, then adding ornamental flowers blooms downward as a makeshift deodorizer.
- Discussed in CSI NY when Danny and Lindsay ask Mac to be Lucy's godfather.
Danny: Godfather, you know that's the code word for diaper changer.
- In the very first episode of Full House, Joey and Uncle Jesse have no clue how to change baby Michelle's diaper. They go to such ridiculous lengths as using the sink to clean her off and wrapping her in paper towels before Stephanie shows them where the diapers are (They didn't ask).
- Averted by Kelso in That '70s Show, in one episode he and the woman carrying his child are at a parenting class and she was rather inept at changing the dummy baby's diaper, but Kelso had experience changing his little brothers.
- Yes, Dear:
Greg: "Let's do it, let's start potty training him. I don't want him to get a late start. Besides, I hate changing those diapers anyway."Kim: "Please. When was the last time you changed a diaper?"Greg: "I do more than my fair share around here."Kim: "You do the bare minimum to keep from getting yelled at."Greg: "I think we're saying the same thing."
- At the beginning of the episode, "Weaning Isn't Everything", when Kim asks Greg to change Sammy's diaper, Greg volunteers, but then starts asking Kim lots of questions on how to do it. This gets Kim to change her mind. As soon as she's out of the room, it is revealed that Greg was following Jimmy's advice on how to get Kim to do things for him so he can relax.
- In the episode, "Who's On First?", we get this conversation between Greg and Kim when they decide to start potty-training Sammy:
- Transmission: After Reggie and Randall are roped into watching Tim and Willow's baby Reg claims that it went well until they had to change her nappy.
Randall: "The horror... The horror!!"
- In the Adventures in Odyssey video series, Eugene freaks out at the prospect of having to change a dirty diaper. Connie winds up doing it instead.
- The public domain cartoon "All's Well" from 1941 by Fleischer Studios has Gabby encounter a crying baby and attempt to diaper it. The Fool ends up diapering himself.
- Played with in the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Baby Puss" from 1943, which has alley cat Butch change Tom's diaper as part of a Humiliation Conga. Butch seems to know the mechanics of diaper changing, though Doctor Spock might take issue with Butch's use of "sedatives" (a club to the head) and jabbing the safety pin bone deep in Tom's butt.
- Played with in the Merrie Melodies cartoon "A Mouse Divided", wherein a drunken stork delivers a baby mouse to Sylvester's wife. Sylvester runs the drill like a pro, though he uses black pepper instead of talcum powder, olive oil in place of baby oil, and romaine lettuce instead of a diaper. Placing the baby between two slices of bread, however, almost crosses the Moral Event Horizon.
- Inverted in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Baby Cakes." Carrot Cake is very adept at changing his foals' diapers, even though he has to use his mouth since he's an Earth pony.
- The Simpsons: In "Make Room for Lisa" as Marge is talking to Lisa about her tummyache, Homer carries in baby Maggie.
Homer: [singsong falsetto] Somebody wants Mommy to change baby's diaper.Marge: Is that somebody you, Homer?Homer: [nodding Maggie's head] Yes it is.
- In The War of the Simpsons, when Homer and Marge are at a marriage retreat at Catfish Lake, one of the many flaws about Homer that Marge tells the group is that he never changes Maggie.
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