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Mum bans grandparents from changing their grandson's nappy to protect his privacy

Callum Jones

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Mum bans grandparents from changing their grandson's nappy to protect his privacy

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Certainly one of the downsides of having a baby I imagine is having to change a nappy after a bit of an explosion has taken place inside.

Sounds gross just talking about it.

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Anyway, I digress. This one mum has divided opinion online after she banned the grandparents from changing her little ones nappy to protect his 'privacy'.

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Taking to the popular parenting forum Mumsnet, the anonymous mum explained how she got to her point of view after her mother-in-law decided to change the baby's nappy.

You'd think most mums would appreciate the helping hand, especially with how full on caring for a baby can be. I'm sure a little respite from that rather unpleasant job would be a welcomed one.

Most mums would see it as a helping hand, but not this one. Credit: Anna Koldunova / Alamy Stock Photo
Most mums would see it as a helping hand, but not this one. Credit: Anna Koldunova / Alamy Stock Photo

However, this mum didn't see it that way as she raised concerns about consent in her post.

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She wrote: "I'm very keen on consent and protecting my baby's privacy and prefer that only myself and my partner are the ones to change [my son's] nappy.

"Obviously, I understand if we're not available due to nursery eventually or if someone else is babysitting, then I'm happy for someone else to do it; however, this has not yet been the case."

The mum continued: "A while ago, my mother-in-law was over, and my baby started crying, and rather than just give him back decided to take it upon herself to change him.

"I was standing right there.

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"He continued crying throughout the change and she gave him back straight after, but it annoyed me as it wasn’t her place to change him."

The mum concluded the post by saying that she didn't say anything to her mother-in-law at the time as she wanted to be 'friendly'.

But she now says that she finds her mother-in-law 'overbearing' and wants to lay down some strict foundations.

The mum says she now finds her mother-in-law 'overbearing'. Credit: ONOKY - Photononstop / Alamy Stock Photo
The mum says she now finds her mother-in-law 'overbearing'. Credit: ONOKY - Photononstop / Alamy Stock Photo
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Well, the post has received a big reaction on Mumsnet, with many flocking to the comments to voice their opinion.

One parent wrote: "If you don’t trust grandparents to change baby’s nappy they shouldn’t be seeing baby.

"If you do, no issue.

"Babies don’t need consent no matter how keen you are on it."

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A second added: "I don’t understand the logic here. If you’re genuinely worried about privacy and consent in these matters, then surely nursery must be a total no go?"

Meanwhile, a third wrote: “I think this is something you seriously need to address with yourself.

"First of all, all my family members have offered to change nappies, and 9/10 it's because they're being helpful and just giving me a tiny break. I think it's a lovely thing for them to do.”

Does this mum have a point or do we agree that she may be working out some other issues here?

Topics: Parenting

Callum Jones
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