how to stop kicking during a diaper change??

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my almost 2 yr old son thinks its a fun game to kick wildly every time we lay him down to change his diaper. We have asking him not to kick and to "be nice" or "love" and my husband has tried smacking his bottom...niether of these things work. Any other ideas on what could help?

TIA!

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Anne - posted on 01/18/2011

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Before you put your son on the changing table or where ever it is that you change him try telling him that if he chooses to kick when his diaper is being changed he will be put in time out with the first kick of his legs. Then When he does kick instead of changing or evening starting to change his diaper pick him up and put him in time out. He is 2 years old start with 2 minutes. At the end of the two minutes pick him back up, take him to the changing area and start over. Again if he kicks take him away from this area and put him in time out again for 2 minutes. Do not talk to him when he is in time out.



It is not an easy habit to break but you can do this. BUT you and your husband and any one else that changes his diaper MUST all use the same method.



If you are using a changing table you may want to start changing him with a changing mat under him closer to the floor so you are not doing so much lifting. I hope this suggestion helps.

Cyndel - posted on 01/20/2011

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When my son started doing this I gently but firmly held his legs down kept a serious but not annoyed expression on my face, and said calmly but with authority, you do not kick when mommy changes your diaper. I would hold him and look serious until he stopped fighting. Don't goof off or make funny faces afterward or he will think it is ok to start again. Just keep a calm, gentle face on, a quiet smile.
I always said thank you when he complied because it let him know that he had done what I wanted and I was happy about it.
I hope this helps

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2011

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Have you tried changing him tanding up? Both of mine preferred to stay standing to be changed from when they could stand, and it isn't really any harder for you than when they are lying down.

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Sarah - posted on 01/18/2011

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i have changed him standing up in the past and i havent thought of that this time...
i guess we'll try that time out option & see if it works

Carla - posted on 01/18/2011

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Sarah, the naughty corner or naughty chair really works. We started Faith when she was 2, and she caught on very fast.

God bless, honey

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