- Remember to sleep when the baby sleeps, or
- Remember to do all you can to make your wife comfortable.
The most absorbent part of a diaper is down into the padding. The least absorbent is on the sides, where the flaps come over so the Velcro can join. So when you are diapering a boy, where his manhood is pointing becomes a consideration. During the first week of holding my infant son, no less that 9 shirts had little circular stains, along with his bassinet, and our coach. I think the worst moment came, when I left him pointing upwards and he woke up crying because a geyser was escaping from the top of his diaper.
This would have been useful information for a first time father, so now I make it a point to tell every new dad I meet this little gem. As for those wise men and women who failed to convey this information to me, I found all the ones who had sons, and I passed along my new knowledge along with a hand gesture to convey my appreciation for their advice.