Diaper changing tantrums?

Amy - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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OK, is anyone else dealing with a baby that freaks out during diaper changes? My boy was never fussy about being changed and actually used to enjoy them. All of a sudden in the last few weeks he is screaming and squirming, turning over and trying to get away. Even if he is happy immediately prior he freaks when he is put on the changing table. I have to hold him down with one hand and try to get the diaper off with the other. I am so afraid I will hurt him because he fights so hard!

Any advice?

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Kristina - posted on 05/16/2009

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my son is doing the same thing I think it is just now that he has more freedom to roam around and do what he wants it makes he mad that I am holding him down and changing him. I try to have a toy or something handy to give him to occupy his hands and it seems to be helping. good luck let me know if you find something else that works better.

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Yes,Yes,Yes!! I have to distract him with a toy of some sort and sometimes that doesn't work, I also sing to him and that sometimes does the trick, other times i have to be really quick about it or call my husband in to help me.

Esther - posted on 05/11/2009

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Quoting Rachel:

[ ] He's like an alligator doing a death roll. [ ]


lmao - I missed that before, but that's the PERFECT description of what my son does.

Carrie - posted on 05/11/2009

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My son does the same thing. Giving him something to distract him doesn't work either. So I usually since wheels on the bus. He loves the song and starts doing the wheels and pressing the horn (ie his tummy). I agree with the fact that he wants to get up and play. Good Luck

Esther - posted on 05/09/2009

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My son does this too most of the time and has been doing it for quite a while now. Sometimes he'll practically stand on his head when I'm trying to lift his butt up by the ankles and he just goes stiff as a board and starts screaming bloody murder. He does it at daycare too so at least he's consistent. Sometimes giving him a toy helps, sometimes it doesn't. I've become an expert at changing diapers while he's standing on his head, rolling around, is crouched, sitting, running, etc.

Dawn - posted on 05/08/2009

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My son does this on an off. He likes playing with a plastic hanger. Sometimes, if he is really persistant, I hold his thigh and tell him sternly to hold still. He gets the message.

Kasia - posted on 05/06/2009

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Mine does the same thing all of a sudden. I try to distract her with a toy or I sing a song overly animated.

Nicole - posted on 05/06/2009

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When my daughter throws a fit I sing, like the abc's or twinkle twinkle little star, and she loves it.

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My son is exactly like this... I use a themoometer case to keep his attention.. I find a distraction object works. Good luck:)

Heather - posted on 05/04/2009

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My daughter does it off and on, I'm sure its just about not wanting to lay down for the change, Sometimes I end up having to put the new one on while she's on here knees, or already standing. My changung table has a strap that I treid fora little while, but it really wasn't worth it. Just keeping them entertained is the best i can suggest, toy, tickles, kisses raspberries all the things suggested. My daughter will sometimes look through a book, but make sure what ever you give is washable, my daughter grabs too, and sometimes tries to put the diaper cream on herself.

Rachel - posted on 05/04/2009

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Logan is like this, too. He's like an alligator doing a death roll. He hates it. My 3 year old, Nathan, also went thru this phase, but I can't remember how long it lasted.

Oh and mine also likes to grab himself during diaper changes so I have to hold up 2 legs, grab 2 little arms and wipe quickly.

Melissa - posted on 05/03/2009

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My son will do this as well at home, but not when we're out and I put him on another change table - I think it's just because they want to get up & run & play. I have a few toys that he gets ONLY when he's on the change table, so it's like a special treat. TV doesn't work for us, he never watches it, he'd rather play outside lol. We've been sitting on the potty for about a month now, but it's still a timing issue. Personally I just think it's because they're more contained & not allowed to run & play while they're being changed.

Audrey - posted on 05/03/2009

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My daughter has always had a fit about her diapers being changed so I try and make it a tickle game. While I change her I will stop to tickle her legs, armpits anything exposed she is too busy laughing to care about getting changed.

Amy - posted on 05/03/2009

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We have been doing the toy, but he just throws it. I may have to take the changing to a room with a tv- he tends to get lost in that, so it sounds like a good idea! I was talking him through it, but have strep right now, so I'm not talking much at all. The killer is that he doesn't do it at daycare!

Kara - posted on 05/02/2009

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Jack is doing something similar. I have no idea why, but I agree talking about giving him the toy to distract him. I also try to talk about the process as I am doing it and telling him about how we have to do this because we wear diapers, but when we go on the potty, this won't have to happen anymore. I am nowhere near potty training, but I figure talking about it doesn't hurt!

Emily - posted on 05/02/2009

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My son is exactly like this! It really helps if I give him a toy to play with while I change his diaper. Or I'll just give in and turn the tv on while I'm changing him. That really helps if I know its going to be a long change- like a very bad poopy.

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