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Diaper Change or Wrestling Match?

By MadelinePetersen |

He Only Looks Docile

I knew as Tate got older, changing his diaper might get challenging. I just had no idea how challenging. We’ve recently learned that he is tipping the scales at a whopping 24 lbs, and didn’t need anyone to tell us that the kid is tough. He plays rough and his developed a mind of his own.

Trying to get him to do anything he doesn’t want to do is becoming increasingly more difficult. Throw a stinky, sticky, poopy, mess into the mix and it gets really tricky.

Even though I have to wrestle him to keep him from sitting up, I actually find it easier to change him on the changing table. When I try to change him on the floor it’s a free for all. So much space to scoot, so many directions to roll, all the freedom to kick wildly. The methods I have to implement to make it through a floor change have me feeling like I am playing a rough and tumble game of twister – a foot on each arm, one hand holding his feet in the air, with a single hand left to clean and diaper.

So I have to ask, do you have any tips on keeping a baby with a mind of his own occupied for diaper changes? I’m all ears.

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Madeline blogs and tweets about budget-friendly clothes, modest apparel, sales, her obsession with pop culture, and her pudgy little baby, Tate, on her personal blog, Uber Chic for Cheap. A former Babble contributor, she currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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8 thoughts on “Diaper Change or Wrestling Match?

  1. Amy says:

    You could keep a new toy in the diaper bag or by the changing table that he only gets to play with while you are changing a diaper. My kids always liked to play with a extra clean diaper.

  2. neal says:

    sometimes I found that giving our daughter a bottle or sippy cup was a good way to get her to immediately calm down and focus on the drinking. Now that she’s a little older, it has helped to have a book that she likes to read.

  3. Meagan says:

    Rotate toys and objects (hair brush, nasal spray, butt cream tube) to hand him. Works best if it’s something unfamiliar for him to examine. I also try to delay handing it to him until I’ve got everything prepped and ready to change the diaper quickly, but have not yet taken the dirty diaper off. You could also try singing to him or making silly noises. The RIE philosophy claims you shouldn’t try to distract him, but instead try to involve him by narrating your actions, letting him help when possible (like holding the fresh diaper, fastening new tabs if old enough). Honestly though, I’ve NEVER had that work. I stick with distraction.

  4. bridget says:

    Wish i knew! will be checking back here to see what others suggest though…

  5. Tay says:

    Sing and play soothing music in the background, ask for extra help from the hubby, and make sure you got lots of bright toys around!

  6. Nicole says:

    Sometimes the floor change is your only option, this is what I do if the squirming gets too much; I sit on her! Ok not really, but I pin her between my legs so her bottom half is between my knees. No where to wiggle to & 2 hands where I need them!

  7. Erin says:

    I use a few tactics with my 18 month old girl including: bringing a super intriguing toy that she hasn’t seen in a couple days, or a set of keys or measuring spoons; singing and taking requests, especially songs she knows some parts of or some accompanying actions; pretending someone else is around the corner and talking to them; briefly making a game out of her squirming so she gets the giggles and then suddenly and excitedly switching to a calm focused task (singing or asking her to point to parts of her face, or items in the room, etc.).

  8. susan says:

    My husband’s grandma has a toy that is shinny and has bells on it that is only used during diaper changes. She keeps it near the changing area and everytime she changes the diaper it comes out. It keeps the child entertained and they learn quikly that it is the toy for diaper changes only. It keeps them distracted and hands off there bums getting all dirty.

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