10 Super-Gross Things Moms Have To Do Regularly

Babies do some disgusting things.

Last updated on Jun 25, 2023

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By Liz Nieman

When you become a parent, you do many gross things you never imagined. It’s bad enough that you have to wipe the poop off someone’s butt for a solid two and a half years or so—but did you know you’d be wearing that poop?

I know dads do a lot of these same things, but moms seem to be the ones doing the majority of the cringe-worthy acts. Our stomachs somehow change when we give birth and suddenly snot and vomit don’t ignite our gag reflexes anymore.


Here are 10 super-gross things moms have to do regularly:

1. Wipe snot with your bare hands

Proceed to wipe said snot onto your pants. What are you to do if your child blows snot and you don’t have a tissue?

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2.  Smell things to determine what they are

Is that poop? Did you just throw up? There’s only one way to tell …

3. Stick your hand in the toilet

Those pacifiers aren’t going to retrieve themselves.

4. Smell someone's butt

The easiest way to determine if someone has soiled a diaper is to shove your face up against it and take a deep breath. Yep, that’s poop.

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5.  Wear baby spit-up with no intentions of changing  

Yeah, I know I have spit-up on the front of my t-shirt — I can smell it, too. But what’s the point of changing when I will be spit on again in 20 minutes?


6.  Pick someone else’s nose

“Let me get your booger” is a phrase commonly heard at my house. I see them there and I just have to get them. Doesn’t gross me out in the least.

7.  Allow your kids to throw up on you  

One time Brady got sick, started throwing up all over me and I just sat there and held him while he did it. I quickly moved into the bathtub before the second round hit, but never once did I push him away from me. He needed to feel comforted much more than I needed fresh clothes. 

All moms do it. I’ve even known a few to catch it in their hands.

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8.  Investigate poop

The color, the amount, the texture … these things tell us a lot about our kids' bellies. It also usually gives us too much insight into their last meal.

9.  Clean their face with your spit

A good spit shine is just as good as a wet wipe.

10.  Catch their unwanted, chewed-up food in your hands

“Eww I don’t like this!” and then they lean over and spit the food into your hand before you have a chance to hand them a napkin. Why they feel like this, and not their plate, is the best option, I don’t know.


Tell me … what gross thing have you done as a parent?

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Liz Nieman is a freelance writer and blogger who has been featured on Love and Marriage Blog, One Crazy House, and more.