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Changing diaper in front of seforim


Is one allowed to change a baby’s diaper and exposing the child’s body in front of seforim? Does it make a difference if the diaper is soiled with only urine or with feces?


Halachically it is permitted, however it is preferred that it be done in a different room. You should however be careful not to change the diaper or allow the child to be exposed in front of the lit Shabbos candles

Best wishes


Halichos Bas Yisroel 7-7 quoting Machazeh Eliyahu siman 5,6. His reasoning is that the ervah of a child is not considered an ervah, and even though the diaper is not just wet but dirty, nevertheless it does not cause the room to be considered a bathroom. Therefore halachically it is permitted. Nevertheless, it isn’t correct respect for the seforim, for the child to be left exposed for a while in front of the seforim. Also see Avnei Yoshpe 1-11(4). Also see Mishne Halachos 6-2 that although it is technically permitted, it is incorrect to do so in front of the seforim…” would you change the diaper at a table that everyone is eating?”

Regarding Shabbos candles see O:CH 275-12.

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