Baby will not stay still for a bum change, ever!!!

Felicia - posted on 10/15/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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what to do??? He is 11 and a half months...changing his bum is so difficult everyday, I usually have to give him things that he knows he's not allowed to have to keep his attention off getting his bum changed!

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Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2009

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my son is the same and i try giving him stuff he isn't supposed to have. try maybe a treat or something. and changing the place that you change their diaper helps too. new stuff to look at.

Belinda - posted on 10/28/2009

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Daughter number 4 began as a cheeky run away at nappy changing time. She would roll away at some ridiculous early age. This sounds terrible but I did actually hold her down with one arm at times, with a smile of course, while she thought this was a game for me it was the only way to get a nappy on her to replace the one that she had miraculously taken off on her own!
By the way the next step was lost shoes every time we needed to go any where. I cannot tell you the places she use to hide them so she could get out of wearing them. She is now 14 and still wonderfully cheeky, still not wearing shoes when ever she can, but thank fully she keeps her clothes on.
If playing games doesn't work you can always use the old fashioned stern voice the one you only use when you really have too and means - this is business!
Good luck, but most of all enjoy every moment it doesn't last long enough. :)

Shantelle - posted on 10/27/2009

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My son did the same thing. I can honestly say I learned to change a diaper quick and with one hand. It was a struggle but he is 14 months now and he is starting to slowly grow out of this phase. Good Luck!

Jaycee - posted on 10/26/2009

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on the floor..one leg over the baby's tummy...just to keep babys hands clean and baby in one place..always works..just be careful of course we all know that..lol..i have three boys and they all hated there diapers changed, especially the messy ones..and this is the quickest solution to get the job done..i dont have time to sing or play games during a poopie situation

Leona - posted on 10/18/2009

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My baby is just the same, but she's 8 1/2 months old, but what i do, is give then something to keep them occupied. while changing them

Mellody - posted on 10/18/2009

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its the worst when you're out in public, and they are squirming and crying, and you're frustrated. people probably think we're terrible mums. lol.. i always make sure my bedroom window is closed when shes having a particularly bad day lol. Im sure if my neighbours heard they way she screams and cries sometimes they'd be ready to call child services!! . I really hope its just a phase, and it'll be over with quick. Best thing ive found to keep my little girl occupied is my diaper bag baggie dispenser. its got a little duck on it and she likes to play with the crinkly bag, but then when i take it away when im finished she cries lol. theres no wining there, but atleast she's still so i can change her.

Felicia - posted on 10/17/2009

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Thanks for all the advice!!! I do dress while he is standing, it's pretty much the only way he will let me dress him. I have tried changing his bum while he is standing but its just too hard, to clean him properly so I just give him a cell phone to keep him occupied or something he knows he's not suppossed to have. I hope it's just a phase that he will grow out of.....it can be pretty frustrating at times.....specially if we have to change his bum in a public washroom. ;0)

Leah - posted on 10/16/2009

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This is what I used to do; sit on the floor with your legs out infront of you. Move him down to the floor on his back ( I would pretend it was a game if they didn't want to lay down, carry and "swoop" them down) Now with him on his back, distract him by tickling or whatever and place your feet over his sholders. Your heels should be just below his armpits on the floor and his sholders be covered mostly by the arch or ball of your foot. Obviously you don't want to push down on his sholders- this could hurt him. While you are singing along or tickling or whatever take his little legs up only high enough to wipe, change, and diaper quickly. If you can move fast enough and make it kinda fun with songs or silly faces you can keep him from rolling.

Tiffany - posted on 10/15/2009

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Have a special "bum toy" he can have only when he gets a change. Or hand him the items one at a time so he can hand them to you when you need them :) your lil bum helper!!

Lisa - posted on 10/15/2009

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I don't know what to say. I have a niece and nephew who will not hold still for grandma or daddy, but mommy and I have no trouble. They don't even think about moving. I think part of it with them is when I lay them down to change them I do so only after I'm ready to change them (have diaper, wipes, etc ready) and then change the diaper quickly.

Mellody - posted on 10/15/2009

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UGH!!..my daughter is the same way. She was really bad when she was a few months old for crying while i was changing her, and she got past it after a while and i thought i was in the clear untill about 2 months ago, when one day she decided she didnt want to hold still and realized she could move and wiggle and kick and fight.. ugh. she's getting a little better, but it seems to vary from day to day.

to a degree i found it helped to keep her occupied,singing. talking to her, tickling etc. but it only works for so long, and i honestly dont have the patience to take half an hour to change her diaper because she doesnt want to stay still. Now ill give her something to play with and i just have to be a little firm with her. i found it really helped to keep her still if i took her feet in one hand bring her legs up to her chest and put just a little bit of pressure against them, so that she knows i want her to hold still, and that shes not getting anywhere, And be quick, i find the longer i take to clean and what not the more she fights with me.

i also have the same kind of battle when it comes to dressing her. i do as some of the mums said and do it while she's standing.

Amanda - posted on 10/15/2009

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my son did the same thing. i always played with him while i changed him. like tickle his stomach or blow on his stomach. my son now when i need to change him he runs and starts laughing because he knows i am going to get him, and tickle him alot.. :-)

Jacky - posted on 10/15/2009

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Does he stand up? That's a great way to sneak in for a quick diaper change while they are doing something else!

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It is the age. Try singing songs (like itsy bitsy spider) and asking your child to do the hand movements; give your child something to play with that they only get at diaper change - like a toy cell phone; also put a poster up on the wall next to the changing table (I have alphabet - my daycare has a rainforest scene). I also would consistantly ask my son to "lay still" over and over - and then the minute he would lay still praise him and kiss him with great exuberance.

I also became adept at changing a baby that was standing up - because sometimes it just wasn't worth the fight.

Terry - posted on 10/15/2009

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I feel your pain too...we use to say that dressing and changing my son was like dressing a ferret!

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i'd love 2 help u but i hav the same problem!!!

and i do the same as u give her stuff shes not allowed.

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