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.
Related Tropes/Tropes Found in Scenes
- A Day in Her Apron: May be part of this
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Rare but can be part of the culmination.
- Nausea Fuel: Mostly for males, but a Maternally Challenged woman can also be used.
- Nobody Poops: Often strongly inverted.
- Tinkle in the Eye
- Truth in Television
- Commonly seen in diaper commercials in general. It often involves the parent switching to the brand advertised after the previous brand leaked and/or left the baby feeling uncomfortable.
- Dragon Ball Super: Hilariously defied by Vegeta when his daughter Bra is born. When Trunks struggles with changing her diaper, Vegeta walks over and very quickly and efficiently does the task, with a self-satisfied smirk on his face afterward.
- Gakuen Babysitters has various jokes on the topic on occasion, due to having a baby, Midori, in the cast. One chapter implies that she's aware of and invokes this trope to get attention.
- 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.
- This is one of the things the girls have to do to take care of Hugtan in Hugtto! Pretty Cure.
- 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.
- In this◊ 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 they're done, all is well- until Jellybean makes a mess on "home plate".
- In War of the Realms Journey into Mystery, Thor has a baby half-sister named Laussa Odinsdottir. A Ragtag Bunch of Misfits of Balder Odinson, Miles Morales, Wonderman, Kate Bishop, Deathlockette, Thorri and Sebastian Druid have to take her to safety in a van. One truly AWFUL smell later and the heroes bug out of the van in horror. Sebastian Druid is then nominated to change Laussa. Afterwards he comes out of van, about to throw up and Deathlockette has to take the disposed diaper with her extendable arm.
- The Berserk fanfic "Rags" has Guts painstakingly change his newborn son's diaper with Casca's supervision, all the while complaining, gagging, and expecting a reward for doing her work. The baby also pees on him, of course, but cue in Shirtless Scene from Guts which goes into more rambunctious flirty between he and Casca after he's done.
- 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.
- At the beginning of the first Hotel Transylvania movie, Dracula uses his magic to change the diaper of his infant daughter, Mavis, and uses a miniature coffin as a diaper pail.
- The first Ice Age movie has the three main characters trying to change the diaper of a human baby in order to stop him crying. It ends up being subverted because the baby is just hungry and doesn't need a diaper change.
Manny: Wait, he's wearing one of those baby-thingys.
Manny: So if he poops, where does it go?
Sid: Humans are disgusting.
- The babies are forced to change Dil's diaper in the middle of the woods during The Rugrats Movie.
Tommy: Well, I guess we'll have to change his diapie.
Phil: What do you mean, "we"?
- In Shrek Forever After, Shrek is seen changing baby Fergus's diaper every day in the Boredom Montage.
- 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.
- In 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.
- Happens offscreen in Krampus after Uncle Howard brings in his daughter from the car, who has a poopy diaper. He hands her off to his wife to change her.
- In 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.
- Happens offscreen near the start of Pet Sematary (1989) when Rachel mentions she has to change Gage's diaper and requests Ellie, her daughter, give her a hand in changing him.
- 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:
- The short "Sock-a-Bye Baby" features a scene where Moe and Larry practice changing a diaper on a baby. They practice on Curly.
- The 2012 movie features 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.
- The Devil Is a Part-Timer!: Chiho got offered the position of general in Satan's army due to her ability to change Alas=Ramus' diapers (as Satan, Alciel, and Lucifer didn't know how to).
- Subverted in Loser. Zinkoff's dad is very good about changing diapers but has no stomach for vomit. Unfortunately, his son is a Waterfall Puker.
- In the last chapter of Superfudge, Peter is forced to change his baby sister Tootsie per his mother's request. Despite his initial disgust at the task, it becomes worth it when Tootsie speaks her first words during the change.
- Tortall Universe: In the last book of Song of the Lioness, Lioness Rampant, Alanna finds herself stuck with the task of changing the diaper of a baby among the group of refugees that Princess Thayet is taking to safety. She's so un-used to it that her Old Retainer Coram has to show her how to do it, because as he points out he used to change her diapers when she and her twin brother were babies.
- The changing of Boots's "catchcloths" was frequent subject matter in The Underland Chronicles.
- 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.
- CSI: NY:
- Joked about 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.
- Joked about after Mac is asked to be Lucy's godfather.
- 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."
- Joey loses a game of rock-paper-scissors to DJ and Steph and has to change Jesse and Becky's twins. One lets loose during the proceedings but Joey is able to protect himself with a diaper.
- 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-identical 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.
- 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!
- 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 (1985) 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.
- Taken to a ridiculous extreme in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Laserblast" when the Satellite of Love is grabbed by a cranky starbaby, and Crow and Servo have to go outside (with Mike acting as Mission Control) to change its diaper so it'll let go.
- 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.
- Schitt's Creek has an episode where Johnny and Moira are taking care of Roland Jr. and must study the binder left by his parents in order to complete a diaper change, or as Moira calls it "the diaper substitution."
- In the Bear in the Big Blue House episode, "Ooh, Baby, Baby" when Bear has to look after Tutter's baby cousin, Blotter, he changes her diaper at one point. He also suggests that Tutter might help because he's becoming a "real baby expert," but Tutter says that it's not his area. He then turns to Pip and Pop.
Pip and Pop: Don't look at us, Bear!
- 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.
- In Episode 3828 of Sesame Street, Maria and Zoe babysit Natasha, who is upset and keeps saying "Hoongie". After finding out that "Hoongie" doesn't mean "Hungry" or "Hug Me", they believe that Natasha is wet and wants her diaper changed. While Natasha is happy to have her diaper changed, she still continues to say "Hoongie".
- A rare video game example from Heavy Rain where Shelby must briefly care for the child of one of the Origami Killer's victims. It winds up being arguably more intense than storming an area guarded by a small army or escaping a burning building.
- In The Sims 2, Sims may have a fear of changing a diaper.
- In Super Sized Family, changing diapers is something you as the parent need to do to the four youngest children.
- At the beginning of the Smosh Babies episode, "Potty Training", Ian, Hector, Isla, and Singh each get a diaper change. Hector even says it's his favorite time of the day. Anthony, however, doesn't join them because he gets potty trained. Towards the end of the episode, he accidentally wets himself in front of Penny, Lenny, Bruce, and Melvin, and thus goes back to wearing diapers for the rest of the series.
- Has to be endured by any human who winds up in Limbo in Dante's Infanzia (though it's the babies who have to do the "enduring").
- In the episode, "Baby Shrek", Shrek has to change his infant son's diaper in the middle in the night, complete with the Tinkle in the Eye at one point. For extra Nausea Fuel points, Shrek decides to save the dirty diaper and put it in a scrapbook afterwards.
- The episode, "Jeffy Gets Potty Trained!" provides an interesting variation; because Jeffy (who is well past the normal potty-training age) wears his diaper over his pants, it stays clean while his pants get dirty. Thus, Mario has to change Jeffy's pants. Jeffy also gives Mario a Tinkle in the Eye at one point.
- 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 from time to time with Kate, since she is the title character's baby sister. note Arthur and D.W. have normally managed to avoid it, but manage to deal with it in "Is There a Doctor In the House?" when they resolve to help out their parents, who are sick with a cold. "Staycation" comes after this episode, so they'd dealt with it before.
- Binky's adopted baby sister, Mei Lin also gets a diaper change in "Big Brother Binky", the episode that introduces her character.
- 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. One of Peter's attempts at changing Stewie's diaper is so epically bad that it traumatizes Stewie, as Peter apparently put the diaper inside Stewie. What horrifies Stewie even more that in order to get rid of it, he'll have to poop a diaper into a diaper, stating that it is this kind of logical paradox that gets you sent into another dimension.
- The Fairly OddParents!:
- It 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' 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...
- In "The Puppy Badge" from Hey Duggee, Duggee's nephew Duggly is visiting and soils his nappy early in the episode. Fortunately, Duggee has his puppy badge and is able to take care of it.
- The Horrid Henry episode, "Horrid Henry Changes a Nappy" revolves around the title character being forced to change his infant cousin, Vomiting Vera's nappy when she comes over for an unexpected visit. Henry has never changed a nappy before, so he gets help on how to do so from Moody Margaret and Sour Susan, the latter of whom is experienced at it thanks to her baby sister. Since Henry doesn't dispose of the dirty nappy and leaves it within Vera's reach, the outcome is not pretty.
- Parodied on an episode of Kaeloo, where Stumpy is practicing babysitting. He asks Quack Quack if he can change his diaper, and in the end he winds up putting it on Quack Quack's head.
- 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.
- At one point in the The Loud House episode, "Two Boys and a Baby", Lincoln and Clyde have to change Lily's diaper. They use Lisa's radioactive contamination glove box to protect themselves from Lily's dirty diaper as they change her, and Lincoln is left to dispose of the dirty diaper with a fishing pole. Unfortunately, Lily's dirty diaper accidentally hits the ceiling fan and makes a mess of Lily and Lisa's room (which, thankfully, isn't shown to the viewers).
- 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.
- Happens twice with Baby Pac-Man in the Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures episode, "Pac to the Future". The first time is when his mother changes him. The second is when the present-day Pac-Man has to look after him. Squicky humor ensues when Pac-Man saves his baby self from Lord Betrayus by tossing the dirty diaper at him.
- At one point on PB&J Otter, Mrs. Otter excuses herself saying that she has to "change a poopy diaper." (One of Baby Butter's.)
- 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 its diaper. They do so, in true PPG style.
- When Ren & 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 filled with humor of this nature, from the parents changing the babies to even showing off a diapering robot on said Nursery.
- 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 the episode, "Baby Maybe", the babies fall for one of Angelica's tricks and intentionally misbehave to avoid being adopted by Tommy's Aunt Elaine and Uncle Ben. Elaine tries to cheer them up by moving the scheduled diaper change up from 12:45 to 11:30. During the diaper change, Tommy, Phil, and Lil try to run away. When Elaine catches Phil, she tosses his used diaper aside, which lands on the face of Ben, who assists her with the powder.
- Dil gets his diaper changed in the episodes, "Dil Saver", "Dil We Meet Again", and "Hold the Pickles".
- 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.
- Happens occasionally with Maggie in The Simpsons.
- Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
- 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.
- In the Sonic Boom epsiode, "Three Men and My Baby!", Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles accidentally injure Lady Walrus, and volunteer to babysit her infant son, Chumley, until she's healed. When it comes time to change Chumley's diaper, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles try to talk Amy into doing it for them, but she outright refuses, and insists they do it themselves. They all do so themselves, dressed in space suits. Unfortunately, not long after they change Chumley's diaper, they have to change it again.
- 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.
- On Strawberry Shortcake, when Baby Ginger Snap needs hers changed in "Baby Takes the Cake" in Apple Dumplin's Imagine Spot in which she's a grown-up, Apple first tells her to do it, then realizing it's not going to happen, does it herself.
Apple: Please, Baby Ginger Snap, don't ever do that again.
- The Teen Titans Go! episode "How 'Bout Some Effort" features a scene where Starfire, Raven, and Jinx take care of Gizmo, who is embarrassingly clad in nothing but a diaper. At one point, the three girls have no trouble in changing Gizmo's diaper, even cooing and fawning over him while do so, much to Gizmo's rage.
- In the Time Squad episode focusing on Billy the Kid, the titular character himself acts like a Baby, dressed in a diaper and decked out with all the toys a baby would play with. The trope is averted though as while the team helps him return to his routes as an Outlaw, Tuddrussel often orders Larry 3000 (who fawns over the mentally infantile Billy as a Doting Parent) to change his diaper on a few occasions... Offscreen.
- 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.