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Nappies? No thanks, say most men with few still taking full paternity leave

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By Ellen Wulfhorst

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Fewer than half of fathers take all the paternity leave on offer while most men still see changing nappies as a woman's job, according to a report that highlights how the wage gap between men and women starts at home.

And why aren't women more willing to marry, have 2 or more children and work longer hours, without proper daycare facilities, said the older government official who holds these same attitudes. It's a mystery Taro!

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Maybe there’s also the matter than Japanese companies frown upon men taking such leave. It might be policy but some bosses discourage it. Hell, I know some that don’t even take their entitled paid annual leave.

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Interestingly countries in which fathers participate more have much lower fertility. I think the entire world will be African in 50 years with a few small groups of others left over.

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I was amazed at what such little bums can fill a nappy with. I can't say I particularly enjoyed it but it certainly was an eye watering and eye opening experience.

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I did the nappy changes with all three of my children, we used the towel washing type not the disposal ones. You learn to make a special folding so that the middle part is thicker. I was never offended when dealing with it.

I was also present at the birth of all of them. The first was back in the early 1970's and I had a bit of a fight to be present, not so usual then.

 Paternity leave should be taken when available. It's important to make a relationship with the new born and also show your wife/new mother that you care about her too.

I always tried to do the night feeding so that the mother was getting enough recovery time.

Being pregnant and carrying for 9 months and then giving birth is something most guys would never be able to cope with.

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I agree women have a lot of emotional and physical pressure once the baby comes, but for men the financial pressure is also enormous. The unstated expectation to pay everything for 3 or more persons no matter what is happening in the economy.

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Mr cleo didn't take any time off when our two were born apart from the time it took him to get me to the hospital and see them born. I don't recall him changing any nappies, either. But that was back in them days.

My sil is currently part way through a month's paternity leave, helping my daughter look after No4 (including changing nappies) and seeing the other three get off to school etc. Times have certainly changed.

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I've never changed one, and never will. I'll do almost anything else, but there's just so much crap I'll take.

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I'll do almost anything else, but there's just so much crap I'll take.

Sounds like you won't take any...

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Just in case here is an illustration for cloth nappy folding. Your kids will love for it. Don't forget to wash, dry and powder. Check for rashes. Use baby cream.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e2/3f/ff/e23ffff644fec924daae4c77862a45a9.jpg

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