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If there’s one thing we can be sure of in life, it’s that people have opinions. And thanks to the Internet, anyone can share their opinions with the world. Sometimes, these opinions can be quite strange and get a lot of attention in the press.

That’s exactly what happened to Deanne Carson, a self-proclaimed relationship expert. She made a rather unusual recommendation for parents – asking for permission before changing a diaper. Yes, you read that right!

Now, we understand that consent is an important topic these days, but asking a baby’s permission before changing their dirty diaper seems a bit far-fetched for many parents. Let’s be honest, changing diapers is already a challenging task, and adding another layer of complexity by asking for permission just seems impractical.

Carson, who appeared on ABC in 2018, claims to be a ‘sexuality educator, speaker, and author.’ According to her, introducing consent at a young age is crucial. She admits that babies cannot verbally respond, but they can communicate nonverbally, such as through eye contact or other cues.

Her suggestion is about creating a culture of consent within the family. She believes that by asking if it’s okay to change the nappy and giving the baby a moment to anticipate and respond nonverbally, parents and toddlers can develop a deeper level of communication.

To be fair, the reporters had quite a reaction to this suggestion. They not only questioned it verbally but also pondered what would happen if a baby said no.

While it’s important to respect each other’s boundaries and teach consent, asking a baby for permission before changing a diaper may not be the most practical approach. As parents, we find ways to communicate and care for our little ones without formal consent processes. After all, the well-being of our children comes first.