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The Diaper Change
Reaction May Be Normal

Joey Gladstone (Touching Michelle's diaper) "We have a winner!"
—''Full House: Our Very First Show"

So the Loving Mom or Loving Father has to take off for their job or some other very important mission. Time for the other parent, who is rarely at home to watch the kids. If they are a single parent, maybe it is time to hire the unlikely godfather or uncle or have your friendly coworker/neighbor/sibling/best friend come over to babysit just for the night.

If there is a child under the age of three years old, this trope will certainly come into play at some point. Especially if you have a male caregiver taking over. Often involves somebody who doesn't know how to or is inexperienced at changing diapers for comedy. Most often seen in family movies or television shows with infants in the family.

A Tinkle in the Eye will often come into play if the child is a boy. The actual change is usually preceded with a checking of the diaper to see if it needs to be changed.

Related Tropes/Tropes Found In Scenes:


Examples of Trope:

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    Advertising 
  • Commonly seen in diaper commercials in general. Often involving the parent switching to the brand advertised after the previous brand leaked and/or left the baby feeling uncomfortable.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Gakuen Babysitters has various jokes on the topic on occasion, due to having a baby, Midori, in the cast.
  • Hand Maid May has one scene in the final episode when May (as five mini-Cyberdolls each with a distinct personality of her own,) must take care of a lost baby. The scene is controversial for the lack of a discretion shot at one point.
  • Played for Laughs in one episode of Kinnikuman, when Kinniuman must fight against Wolfman in a Sumo Wrestling match. When his parents see him in his mawashi, they jokingly remark on how much it looks like a diaper, prompting the mother to put one on Kinnikuman. Wolfman and Meat however don't find it humorous at all...
  • Yui of the ecchi series Koharu Biyori has to change a diaper and in the process a Tinkle in the Eye causes a short in the Robot Girl's system that deletes all the baby care information she had downloaded specifically for the task.
  • One episode of Tenchi Muyo! involved Tenchi and co having to babysit Tenchi's infant cousin. It eventually turned out that the only person present capable of performing any kind of infant care (including diaper changing) was Washu who's done this before.

    Comic Books 
  • In one Archie Comics story, Jughead is babysitting his new baby sister Jellybean but then runs into a serious problem- It's time for her diaper to be changed, and he has no idea what to do. the solution is to call Betty, and she relays instructions over the phone, comparing the new diaper with a baseball diamond to help Jug understand. Once their done, all is well- until Jellybean makes a mess on 'home plate'.

    Film 
  • Air Bud Happens in the 4th Movie of the series when lead protagonist, Andrea, is asked to change her brother, Noah's diaper. Includes a tinkle in the eye moment of course, complete with Andrea's mother telling her to cover him first because, "you know how he likes to go."
  • Baby Boom Features a Rare Female Example.
  • The Family Man Nicolas Cage's character wakes up one morning and has to change his son's diaper in an unfamiliar life.
  • Jersey Girl More controversial for the lack of a discretion shot.
  • Mr. Mom The father gets left home with the kids and ends up leaving his infant son unsupervised. Said son proceeds to eat a can of chili. Of course the father runs out of diapers.
  • The Pacifier After the nanny quits, Vin Diesel's character is forced to take care of the kids and includes a diaper changing scene.
  • Three Men And A Baby Features two examples! The first involves the characters of Steve Guttenberg and Tom Selleck being forced to try and change a diaper on their leather couch and it fails. The second example has Ted Danson's character return to the apartment and inevitably is forced to perform an offscreen diaper change.
  • The Three Stooges Movie of 2012 feature a scene with the Stooges disguising themselves as nurses in order to kill a man, the Stooges are forced to change a bunch of diapers inside of a nursery, At first it starts off as a Tinkle in the Eye gag, but then degenerates into a slight subverted (and rather disturbing) variation of their infamous Pie in the Face gag.

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    Live Action Television 
  • In the ALF episode, "Baby Come Back", ALF changes Eric's diaper when he looks after him. However, instead of disposing of Eric's dirty diaper in a diaper pail, he buries it in the backyard, which leads to him believing Eric got lost when Lynn and Brian pick him up under Kate's orders.
  • Occurs in Bottom with a Doorstop Baby. The lads gag and choke, with Richie shouting "Nobody smoke!" before calling for a mop, a bucket, and some bleach, which Spudgun shoots down.
  • The pilot episode of Baby Daddy has close friend Riley, a girl, come over to Ben's apartment where she starts carrying Emma, Ben's unexpected daughter around. She quickly realizes, "Oh, somebody needs her diaper changed," but the boys all quickly exit the apartment and leave her to change Emma's diaper.
  • Joked about on CSI NY after Mac is asked to be Lucy's godfather.
    Flack: Godfather, you know that's code word for diaper changer.
    • Later, Danny jokes about it to Lindsay too
      Danny: You got your "I don't like what I see face." The one you get when you're changing Lucy's diaper.
  • The second episode of Drake & Josh deals with this including jokes pertaining to how bad the diaper smells due to the baby pooping. We later get a scene with the brothers hosing the baby in the sink with Megan helping pinch their noses. Also features a pee on the changers moment.
  • Occurs in Friends when Joey and Chandler take care of Ben. An early episode also had Rachel being taught the task.
  • Full House In the first episode Uncle Jesse and Joey are forced to change Michelle's diaper after Danny takes off. They improvise pretty well, if you count spraying her with a faucet and wrapping her in paper towels as "pretty well."
  • Good Luck Charlie:
    • In "Baby Come Back", when P.J. returns home, Teddy prepares to change Charlie's diaper, only to find out that P.J. accidentally brought home a baby boy in a nearly-indentical baby carriage. The baby boy pees on the floor, and at the end of the episode, the kids get grounded for not having a good explanation for the stain.
    • In "Charlie in Charge", Gabe has to change Charlie's diaper when they are home alone, and resorts to using a shirt held together with duct tape when he runs out of clean diapers.
    • An unseen example occurs at the end of "Special Delivery". Amy makes Gabe change Toby's diaper as punishment for not buying Charlie her Kuddle Me Katy doll for her birthday. As Gabe heads upstairs to change Toby's diaper, he can be seen wearing an anti-germ suit.
    • In "Teddy and the Bambino", when Teddy has to look after Toby, she has to change his diaper. The odor causes Victor to faint, and to make matters worse, Toby pees on him.
  • Occurs as a plot point in House when House has to babysit Cuddy's daughter. Several attempts at offscreen and onscreen diaper changes occur as House and Wilson try to figure out if the daughter ate a dime or not after they ordered Chinese food. Just as House thinks he is safe without telling Cuddy what happened, he gets found out.
  • An episode in Season 3 of iCarly features Carly, Sam, and Freddie watching over a baby at Spencer & Carly's apartment. Upon hearing the baby cry, Sam informs Carly it's her turn to change the diaper and warns Carly that he's a "distance pee-er" which we then see with the baby peeing from the offscreen bottom of the crib.
  • Happens in MacGyver when Mac and Jack Dalton have a baby dumped on them in "Rock the Cradle". Mac's solution involves uses duct tape to ensure the makeshift diaper stays on the baby.
  • Saved by the Bell has an episode where Zack is taking care of Kelly's cousin. The situation leads to him using Slater's shirt as a makeshift diaper.
  • In an episode of How I Met Your Mother, when baby Marvin is constipated, Lily and Marshall use the euphemism confetti since Ted is eating chili. Later, he lets go with a seemingly endless dump onto Marshall, a pillow, the floor, etc...
    Lily (looking in from the fire escape): Holy Confetti!

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Dinosaurs episode, "Nature Calls" has a scene where Earl reluctantly changes Baby's diaper for the first time, after being told to by Fran, who had changed every diaper in the house for the past fifteen years. He is horrified by the experience, saying it's female's work and the very reason why he married Fran.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Action League Now episode, "Big Baby'', a cranky Big Baby has climbed to the top of a coat rack with Quarky in his hand, and in order to calm him down and save Quarky, the League must change his diaper.
  • Happens in an episode of American Dad! when Steve and his friends go to see a horror film that (according to its viewers) is so scary that people who are watching it must wear diapers due to the constant accidental urination that happen during its viewing.
  • Happens every so often in Arthur since Kate is his baby sister.
  • Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation takes this up to eleven with a Conveyer Belt and the Tagalong Kids of the film diapering the baby Care Bears at the nursery, complete with a song about, you guessed it: Caring for them.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door has one in its first season with a villainous baby, Mr. B. After going into a short tantrum about being called a baby by the KND, he accidentally wets himself and has his client (and mother) proceed to changing him in front of the KND as they introduce themselves.
  • An episode of Cow and Chicken features the titular characters trying out for their School's Sumo-Wrestling Course. The way in which the students are put in mawashis are treated like a diaper change.
  • Dexter's Laboratory has one scene of this when Dexter and Dee Dee accidentally transform every adult into babies. Dee Dee has to change her dad's diaper, which she had no problem in doing.
  • The Donald Duck short "Modern Inventions" has a scene where Donald decides to mess with a futuristic robot nurse maid styled like baby carrige. Donald eventually get more than he bargains for when the robot puts him in a diaper, which Donald laughs off.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode, "Hand Me Down Ed", a boomerang has strange personality effects on the show's characters. Its effect on Eddy makes him motherly and causes him to think that a suitcase used for their scam is his infant son, named "Casey Jr.". As he changes Casey's diaper, he inadvertently makes Ed dispose of the scam they were going to pull.
  • In the short "Every Dog's Guide to Complete Home Safety" which follows a safety obsessed dog who has been adopted by an accident prone family, features a scene of the dog getting diapered when he tries to stop the baby from crawling away.
  • Happens from time-to-time in Family Guy, which comes as no surprise since Stewie is a baby and Joe is a paraplegic.
  • The Fairly OddParents started utilizing scenes of this nature once Poof made his debut. Additionally to up the level of his stupidity, Cosmo began wearing diapers as well.
    • Before the series's change, one episode featured the Crimson Chin taking care of a baby that belonged to his girlfriend that feature many joke relating to this Trope.
  • Fantastic Max has a few of these scenes throughout the series due to the titular character being a baby himself.
  • One episode of the new Gerald McBoing-Boing series feature Gerald messing with a mother and her kid by imitating the sound of a crying baby. Gerald's joke however give him more than he bargains for when the mother starts treating him like a baby, complete with diapering him as well.
  • An episode of Grossology features this in one of its episodes. However being the kind of show it is, it's NOT pretty to say the least...
  • HBO's The Little Lulu Show features an episode where Lulu has to change Annie's Baby Brother's diaper (which she says she does on a daily basis.) She later uses them to get back at Wilbur, Tubby, and the boys for pranking her.
  • Disney's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has an entire episode of Goofy transforming into a baby and having the cast take care of him. The first thing they do is put him in a diaper.
  • Happens in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Baby Cakes". When Carrot Cake does it, he does it with a father's experience, but Pinkie Pie's ends with her wearing both diapers, which nopony else wears for a short time. For extra disgust, since the characters are ponies and don't have hands, they must change the diapers with their mouth.
  • The New Woody Woodpecker Show episode, "Baby Buzzard" has a scene where Woody has to change a poorly disguised Buzz Buzzard. Since Woody forgot to buy clean diapers before starting his babysitting service, he resorts to using a piece of wallpaper as a diaper, then the parlor room curtains when the former doesn't work.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar is a no brainer when the group must change a baby's diaper which gives out humorous results
  • In the Pinky and the Brain episode, "Two Mice and a Baby", the two titular lab mice look after a superpowered orphan baby, and at one point, they must change his diaper. They wear anti-germ suits because the baby is larger in size compared to them, and when they try using a safety pin to hold the diaper together, it gets badly bent.
  • When The Powerpuff Girls find and raise a baby in one episode, one of the things they must do when taking care of it is change it's diaper. They do so, in true PPG style.
  • When Ren and Stimpy trade places with twin babies, the kids' mother checks their diapers and praises Stimpy for "making poopies".
  • The Rolie Polie Olie film, "The Baby Bot Chase", features two alien babies that come from a Nursery in Space. The movie is filed with humor of this nature, from the parents changing the babies to even showing off a diapering robot on said Nursery.
  • Rugrats:
    • The first episode of the series opens up with this with DeeDee changing Tommy's diaper right before his Birthday Party.
    • One of the earlier episodes features DeeDee bringing Tommy in for the class she is substitute teaching. A scene occurs where she has a student change Tommy's diaper as a parenting example but nobody is willing until the cool guy with sunglasses (a parody of The Fonz) does so. Turns out he has a baby brother at home and is quite used to it.
    • In a special episode about autumn time, Phil and Lil are seen being diapered by their Mother. What she puts them in are ultra-sized diapers, which prevents them from even being able to stand up due to how huge they are. They turn back to normal before the episode's end.
    • The babies are forced to change Dil's diaper in the middle of the woods during The Rugrats Movie.
  • In the Sonic Underground episode, "Three Hedgehogs and a Baby", Sonic gives an extremely fast diaper change to a baby hedgehog that is really a robot built by Dr. Robotnik as part of his plan to destroy Sanctuary. Later in the episode, while it isn't seen, Manic mentions to the baby that he gave him a diaper change as well.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" has Spongebob and Patrick raising a Baby Scallop together. Early in it, it is revealed that Patrick noticed it needed and promptly put the scallop in a diaper. How'd he know? because he's wears diapers himself. Apparently...
    • Also in "Squid Baby", Squidward suffers a concussion and acts like a baby, when Spongebob takes him to work, it grosses out the customers when he needs to be changed.
  • The short, "No Deposit, No Return of the Trash Bag Dispenser" from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Pollution Solution" has a scene where Elmyra diapers Plucky when he tries to tell her that she is polluting his swamp with recyclable garbage.
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • In the episode "Baby Puss", the other cats change Tom (who is being treated by like a baby by his owner), but act in the manner of surgeons.
    • The duology episodes "Busy Buddies" and "Tot Watchers" both feature Tom diapering a baby.
  • The Toopy And Binoo episode entitled "Diaper Dream" revolves around Binoo being annoyed by a baby "monster" in his sleep. After trying fruitlessly to try and cheer it up, it's revealed at the episode's end that all the baby needed was this. After the baby is changed by its mother, Toopy is diapered too for comedic effect.

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