Diaper Changing Tantrums!!!!!

Mindy - posted on 08/23/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 8 months and 2 weeks old now, and for the past month has been throwing major tantrums everytime i change her diaper..when i lay her down to change her i feel like im wrestling an alligator to try and keep her still and get her cleaned up and changed....she turns 1 min diaper changes into about 5 minutes..she screams bloody murder and just throws her body from side to side tryin to get away from me lol...it is ridiculous..i dread when she poops lol...and she does this same thing when im getting her dressed....i feel mybe its because she just has no patience and doesnt wanna be held still or laying there, but i mean its every single time.....anyone have any suggestions on what to do, and maybe why shes doing this?

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Cher - posted on 09/13/2009

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Put something in her hand like a toy to keep her distracted by looking at it. This helps us. :)

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I try to wear a fun necklace that dangles down near the little squirmers face. He stays looking up and on his back, whereas with toys and other forbidden objects he would just try to roll over with the toy in his hand.

Katie - posted on 09/09/2009

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I can relate Mindy!!! i go through the EXACT same experience every time I have to change my daughter who is 8 1/2 months. I think it's because they are in the moving stage and don't want to hold still, be held back, etc. Soon, they will understand if they cooperate it goes faster. Same thing happened with my 1st daughter. it is SERIOUSLY like wrestling an alligator. I can't stand changing her in a public restroom changing table or anywhere where people get to witness the crazy stuff I deal with when changing her. LOL. Good luck. I usually find a new or interesting (not a normal toy) object for her to inspect and that helps a little bit. Singing has been a distraction too... :)

Donna - posted on 09/09/2009

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My son's started doing this too lately. Only thing that sometimes helps when dressing is to put as many clothes off/on with him sitting up...but still have the wrestling match when lying him down to fasten vest etc. Hopefully he'll grow out of it soon!

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Lauren - posted on 09/15/2009

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omg!! my son just started doing the same exact thing!! the only thing that helps is if i change him while he's eating his bottle, or SOMETIMES if i give him a toy that helps, but i totally agree with the "wrestling an alligator" thing i hope it gets better!!!

Sonia - posted on 09/13/2009

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my daughter has this favorite little toy puppy that distracts her from anything and everything and it just hangs out by the diaper changing table now because she went through that phase too. it lasted about 3 weeks and now she just hangs out and lets me do my job.

Lori - posted on 09/11/2009

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OMG! My son has just started having a tantrum during changes as well! My "awe inspiring" solution was to become super quick at diaper changing. The problem I came across was that I frequently forgot to have all my supplies ready BEFORE starting the diaper change. So now I try to have the new diaper folded open, the wipes box open, a fresh outfit unsnapped and ready to use (in case he pees while I am not looking--he likes to grab the wipe I use as a pee-blocker and throw it), and a toy as a distraction. He still cries and throws a fit but hopefully I am shortening the duration of the fit.

Jes - posted on 09/11/2009

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My son does the same thing and i think its because he just doesn't want to sit still-he just learned how to really get around by himself! He wants to go-go-go and doesn't understand or care about whether or not he has a diaper on. Everything is interesting and the more they sit still the les they touch (lol). I'm not an expert but I think its a stage and at some point will pass. Now mind you this is my first so if I am wrong please let me know (lol)!

Deanna - posted on 09/11/2009

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My son does the same thing. Hes 8 months and freaks out when I change him. Wish I knew the answer to this problem.

Amanda - posted on 09/10/2009

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my daughter is doing the same thing during changing time except she is hooking her legs around my arms so i cant do anything. it's frustrating and i hope it passes soon

Kim - posted on 09/09/2009

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I am glad my son is not the only one who does this. It seems to be a common frustation. I keep telling myself I will miss it once it is gone.

Cassaundra - posted on 09/09/2009

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omgsh! my daughter does the same thing! i found giving her, her favorite toy helps for a short time. so i have to really make diaper changes quick!

p.s. her favorite "toy" is anything that is mine hahah

Marlana - posted on 09/09/2009

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My daughter has been doing this as well, and what I find helps her is to sing her favorite song, Elmos song but I change elmo to bella so its her song lol. But it settles her down while I change her or during any other time for that matter.

Jen - posted on 09/07/2009

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My daughter is just starting this too. I typically hand her a toy as soon as I lay her down to distract her and it has worked pretty well. Sometimes she still kicks around but it's kept her from trying to roll away! Hope that helps!

Fuchsia - posted on 09/06/2009

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Here too. changing her has become a real struggle. the only way she will stay still for a moments is to have a "forbidden object" to play with - like the lotion bottle, the phone, daddy's remote etc. she is usually so intriged with the thing she is not usualy allowed to have that she will lie still.

Nicole - posted on 09/05/2009

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Wow, its like youre reading from my story book! lol. My daughter recently started doing this. Its like, once i take off her diaper, I better not even try to put it back on. Shed be happy naked. And yes, it also happens when I try to change her clothes. The diaper thing has definitely been happening every time around here. I try to sing to her and make funny faces to keep her entertained while I do this, and sometimes it works. Good luck :-)

Robin - posted on 09/04/2009

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at this age they are busy and want to go play and explore, my son doesnt throw tantrums, BUT I do have to wrestle with him,



For some reason he likes to play with the strap on his table and that keeps him distracted while I change him, also just when changing, I will prop a bottle up for him so he is too busy eating to squirm, then VWALLA (however you spell that made up word) done in 15 seconds!



Oh and I should mention my son actually thinks ITS FUNNY when he tries to roll over and I pull him back over, lol hes almost saying ha ha mom, im gonna be a stinker and there is nothing you can do about it!!!!!

Jessica - posted on 09/04/2009

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Reading all your comments made me laugh! I feel so much about my slippery little bub who kicks n squeals throughout the entire nappy and dressing exercise. Its like trapping rats in a sack when I button him into his sleepsuit. I don't feel so alone on this.

Nina - posted on 09/02/2009

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Yep! Mine too! Its horriable! Not only that but changing her clothes has been a problem as well.

Jennifer - posted on 09/02/2009

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oh my gosh! My daughter does the same thing. its almost tiring. I just kinda laugh it off honestly

Mindy - posted on 09/02/2009

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thanks for all the suggestions everyone...i have truied rotating toys with her, letting her hold the diaper, singing..the singing worked at foirst, but now shes over it lol..i think now shes at the point where her goal is to make sure and ignore me and throw the worst fits she can and growl like a monster as im pinning her down and rolling her back over lol..its a friggin workout haha

Bry - posted on 08/31/2009

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Im in the same boat! She hates it and will sulk for 5 or so minutes afterwards. Occasionally the singing and toy will work but most the time she is too mad to concentrate or listen. Im hoping this will go away one day!!! Ive given up changing her anywhere else but the floor.

Tara - posted on 08/31/2009

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OMG........I have had the same problem for a couple of months now, its soooooo frustrating especially when they have done a number 2.......lol. As soon as i put alfie on his back to change his nappy he is straight over onto his tummy, when i pull him back he creates big time. Very frustrating, even tried the obvious of trying to keep him alused with something he shouldnt have like my mobile phone or a remote. I sympathise......lol

Georgia - posted on 08/31/2009

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no suggestions just empathy......and the fact that i walk away from diaper and clothing changes dripping with sweat...ugh!!!!!!

i try to talk to my lil guy and still give him something to keep him occupied. i suggest a toy that has been "hiding" ( i rotate his toys out so he "forgets" about some toys and so they are like new again) and he is entertained for a wee bit longer!

GOOD LUCK!

Catherine - posted on 08/30/2009

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My daughter does this too. It's nice to know I'm not alone! I try to give her something to play with, even a tightly capped lotion bottle :)

Hannah - posted on 08/30/2009

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My daughter does this as well. I turn on her musical toy that's by the changing table, and I keep a special toy for her that's only used for when I'm changing her diaper. That usually works. Just switch the toy out for a different one every once in a while. Hope that helps.

Helen - posted on 08/30/2009

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Have you tried singing songs to try and distract her, my son will not stay still for a second, and is a nightmare to change and dress. So i sing some of his favourite songs, and this does help to distract him for a minute or two, which is just about long enough to get him changed!

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I have been letting my son have the diaper, while I am cleaning him. He likes playing and looking at it.

Joanna - posted on 08/27/2009

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My daughter has her moments too, especially if I try changing her on a bed or the floor. I grab anything I can find to distract her, she loves playing with the nappy before I put it on, and then I try and rotate the item each time so it is new for her. Good luck!

Shiralee - posted on 08/24/2009

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We have this with our son.The only thing we do is try distracting him with a toy to keep him still.I think they do it because they like to be on the move and don't like restriction.

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