Prompt: Baby Powder
Characters: Amber, Bernd, and baby Fritz
Word count: 377
Summary: Bernd changes Fritz’s diaper…
Author’s note: Special thanks to my beta Kat for pinking this for me. Please note Amber belongs to Kat.
Bernd picked Fritz up and carried him over to the changing table. He laid him down and grabbed a clean diaper. He changed him just like Amber and his father had shown him. Before pinning the diaper, Bernd reached for the baby powder and dusted Fritz’s bottom.
“Not so much,” Amber said. “I read on this new mommy forum that it’s bad for their lungs.”
“Yeah?” Bernd wondered how something that smelled so nice could be so bad. Besides, it was for babies, and just about anything you can get for an infant had been checked and double checked by all sorts of government agencies and certified safe when used properly, if he was not mistaken. “But it’s on his butt and it says ‘baby powder’.”
“I know, but too much and you send clouds of it into the air. Fritz breathes in, and you as well, and you both get irritated lungs. So if you must use it, put a little bit in your hand like this,” Amber shook a small amount into her hand. “And then you just smooth it on his bottom.” She took Fritz’s feet in one hand like she was going to change his diaper, and cupping his little butt; she gently rubbed the powder on. “Oh, and when you go to the store to get more, make sure you buy the one that says cornstarch on it.”
“Okay.” Bernd sighed as he finished diapering his son. He wondered how Amber did it. He read the same books she did, scoured the same mommy sites for information, yet he still felt like he was doing something wrong.
Amber picked up her baby while Bernd went to wash his hands. She settled back in the rocker and nursed Fritz. Humming softly, she waited for Bernd to come back.
He poked his head in a few minutes later. “I’m going to run up to the store and pick up some more Dove and I know it’s the plain, white, unscented kind,” he said. “Do we need anything else?”
Amber looked up as she settled Fritz on her other side. “Can’t think of anything.”
He started to leave when she said, “You’re a great dad, Bernd.”
Bernd grinned. “Yeah?”
“Yeah.” She smiled at him.