We’ve all heard the expression, “You think your shit don’t stink,” delivered metaphorically, but did you know this foul idiom actually applies to some parents literally? Yes, there’s a small-to-medium-sized crap-happy subset of parents out there who not only pleasantly sniff the aroma of their baby’s poop, but remark upon its sweet fragrance on Facebook. Believe it or not, some people find this completely disgusting. And yet, for every dozen (or thousand) people who think that shit just smells like shit, there’s an unsuspecting parent who thinks her baby’s poop smells like roses. Well, okay, not like roses exactly, but some other specific scent or odor, and the more fascinated the parent is with this smell, the less inhibitive she is about sharing her smelly little secret.
Call me crazy, but the last thing I want people whispering about behind my back is my self-professed affection for smelling my kid’s dirty diapers. I’ve heard the rumors before and posted several examples on STFU, Parents. I’ve even halfway come to terms with the fact that some parents simply enjoy smelling their tot’s bodily waste. Funnily enough, the parents who doo do are usually breastfeeding moms who claim that their munchkin’s poop surprisingly doesn’t smell bad, and they want confirmation from other moms who feel the same way. But considering breastfeeding mothers directly influence their baby’s diet with their own, this is just a glamorized way of confirming that sometimes, people really do think their shit doesn’t stink. When a breastfeeding mom is saying she likes the way her baby’s poop smells, to a certain extent she’s saying, “I like the way my own poop smells.” Why the hell would anyone post that on Facebook, much less reveal it in a doctor’s office? For some parents, poop pride is real. And they will defend their baby’s “odorless poop” right up until that kid starts eating solids. Ew. Let’s check out some examples.