17 Celebrity Dads Talk Diaper Duty
When it comes to certain parenting “duties,” it seems dad-of-nine Eddie Murphy isn't into “trading places” with his girlfriend Paige Butcher. “I don’t change diapers…’cause I would be horrible at it, and that’s not fair to the child,” the 55-year-old said during a recent interview. He was referring to his newest addition, Izzy Oona, 3 months. The comedian is also a dad to Eric, 26; Christian and Bria, 25; Myles, 22; Shayne, 21; Zola, 15; Bella, 13; and Angel, 9, from previous relationships. If he got away with never changing any of those kids’ diapers, well, then that’s just “nutty!”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne Johnson, A.K.A. “The Rock,” may look all tough, but when it comes to being a dad to his baby daughter Jasmine, he’s a big softie at heart, even at diaper change time. The star recently posted a photo of himself to Instagram getting down and dirty on the job, in a most unusual place. “Regardless of where we're at.. when #2 happens with my baby girl.. I'm the #1 man for the job,” the caption of the adorable image reads. Way to “rock” diaper changes on the fly, Dwayne!
The former Backstreet Boy shared the cutest photo of himself feeding 2-week-old son Odin Reign, but it's what he wrote in the caption that shows us just how hands on the singer really is. "I don't mind changing diapers and feeding him at all," he wrote, then added the simple hashtag: "#love." Aw. Consider us officially #TeamBackstreet. The 90s heartthrob and wife Lauren Kitt Carter welcomed Odin via water birth, and the new dad shared his first photo as a dad on social media shortly after. "I just love how peaceful he is," he wrote on Instagram. "Daddy will be home soon Odin." Talk about a proud papa!
For new dad Mark Zuckerberg, one simple status update and photo on Facebook said it all: "One more down, thousands to go."
He might dote on his wife, selfie-queen and second-time mom-to-be Kim Kardashian, but when it comes to changing their 2-year-old daughter's diapers, it's apparently a no-go. "He is honestly the most amazing dad; he loves her so much. He really is a hands-on dad," Kim told Ellen DeGeneres. "He's not a diaper [changing] kind of guy and that's OK. But he would; if it's an emergency, he will." Kim, we think it's an emergency -- you're about to have two babes in diapers in the house!
Like many new parents, Channing Tatum wasn't an experienced diaper changer before the birth of his daughter Everly. But that didn't stop the 22 Jump Street and Magic Mike star from getting hands-on. "I'm solid at changing a diaper now," Tatum told PEOPLE in 2014, adding, "If a guy isn't good at changing a diaper, I don't know what he's there for, really, 'cause they're not there for the first seven months for any other reason than to do that because the mom is the end-all, be-all of everything."
With two under two, there are a whole lot of diapers being changed in the Decker household. The NFL wide receiver told People that he was the one to change most of 18-month-old Vivianne Rose's diapers, but the roles have changed with newborn Eric Thomas II. "Now with the little boy, for sure her [wife Jessie James Decker]," he said. "It always works that way, with the dad and the little girl and the mom and the little boy. But all the kids are doing great, and it's just so fun."
He's a former star on the field and in the nursery! (Not to mention, we bet he looks pretty great while doing the dirty work.) Beckham told OK Magazine in 2012 that changing diapers isn't a big deal, especially considering how many his family has blown through over the past twelve years. "I've got four kids now. I love changing diapers, it's one of my passions!"
Josh and Fergie Duhamel welcomed baby Axl Jack in August 2013, and while mama Fergie handles the little rocker's wardrobe, daddy Josh does the dirty work. "I'm diaper duty and she's everything else," he said in a 2014 interview at the Sundance Film Festival. "She's a great mom -- that's for sure!"
The new-ish dad isn't just proud to change his daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, he wants all dads to have the option to take on diaper duty in men's restrooms. His frustrated Facebook post went viral earlier this year, and now he's teamed up with Change.org to create a petition asking Target and Costco to "provide universally accessible changing tables in their stores." He commented on his movement on Facebook saying, "It seems this idea of diaper changing stations has struck a chord. It's a pet peeve of mine when people just complain about s--t and don't do anything to improve their condition. So lets do something. In for equality? Pass it on - #?LeanInTogether"????
Funny duo Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have quite a system for taking care of their babies. In an interview back in 2013 with NBC four months after their first daughter, Lincoln, was born, Shepard boasted that dirty diapers don't faze him a bit. "I was older when my little sister was born, so I had done this before," he said. "I had changed a couple thousand diapers already a couple million times, so I wasn't too afraid of [fatherhood], and it's been nothing but wonderful."
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Wills may be a prince -- and perhaps the future King of England -- but that didn't get him off of diaper duty with his son. "I did the first nappy, a badge of honor," he said in the first official interview after Prince George was born. "I had every midwife staring at me, going, 'You do it, you do it.'"
Lots of couples have pet names for each other, and Emily Blunt gave hubby John Krasinski a pretty great one in an interview with UK's The Telegraph. "He's the diaper king," she said. "We're both hands-on all the time."
Famously outspoken and opinionated, the first-time dad didn't have any problem admitting to The Mirror that he wasn't into diaper duty. "I still haven't changed a nappy," he said of his then-6-month-old son Eric with Lauren Silverman, "I don't think you have to."
Well, someone has to! And it seems that Cowell finally got the message. Ten months later, he told former girlfriend Terri Seymour, on Extra TV, that'd changed "quite a few" nappies. We say, it's about time!
Taye Diggs may be well out of the diaper-changing years now, but back in 2010, when his son Walker Nathaniel was just a baby, he opened up about his willingness to tackle diaper duty to PEOPLE, saying: "It is love, let me tell you, his diapers are no joke. But even then I'm such a proud father I'm like, 'Good for you! Good for you little man!'"
We're not surprised that new dad Nate Berkus, who, along with husband Jeremiah Brent, welcomed daughter Poppy via surrogate in March 2015, is over-the-moon about his baby girl. And we can totally identify with his thoughts on diaper changing: "I'm chewing on her knee caps when I'm changing diapers," he told PEOPLE. "Both of my grandmothers used to say, 'I want to take a bite out of you.' And I would think, 'These crazy ladies! That is so gross.' And now I get it." He added, "I never thought I would be so excited to be 10 inches away from a filthy diaper as I am. I live by her diaper schedule." Yep—sounds about right!
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin may not be changing diapers anymore, but apparently, back in the days when Apple and Moses were in nappies, he had a surprisingly refreshing attitude about the job: "Men should always change diapers," he said in Good Housekeeping. "It's a very rewarding experience. It's mentally cleansing. It's like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes."