16 months old tantrums while changing diaper?

Jessica - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old tantrums every time we change his clothes or diaper... just the motion of laying him down he already starts to freak out. Nothing makes him calm, changing him has become misery. Any ideas?

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Amber - posted on 09/04/2009

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Been there done that. My son started at about 14 months. He's now 18 months and every so often he still goes nuts. What I've done is gotten together little miscellaneous objects to occupy him while I'm changing him. Normally just a tube of desitin or a magazine (yes a magazine, kid books don't seem to do the trick) will calm my son down. The trick I found is to give my son something as I lay him down for the changing to begin. And if whatever I give him doesn't satisfy his curiousity, I just try something else. We've got toothbrushes, little hairbrushes and combs, small oddly-shaped containers, little books, a package of bandaids, etc (toys did not work) all set aside nearby for diaper change time. We carry a few things in his diaper bag. Pretty much all of the stuff we have set aside is from the dollar store. I remember trying to sing to him, talk to him like a Yo Gabba Gabba character, give him his favorite toys, etc etc etc and NOTHING worked. Hopefully this helps with your 16 month old's tantrums.

Carol - posted on 04/04/2012

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I never had that problem, so this is just off the cuff, but at that age some kids become upset when they have to take naps against their will. Could it be that in laying him/her down he/she is thinking there might be a nap coming next? Or maybe, like another mom said, you should start suggesting using the potty. He may be tired of diapers, period.

Vicky - posted on 09/04/2009

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don't worry about your 16 month old's tantrums, they get over that stage! ;-) i normally gave my daughter a toy/book to look at or if my husband was there too one of us would change her while the other one read her a book. putting on a kids programme for him to watch may work or singing nursery rhymes? if nothing works i'm affraid you just have to get on with it & change him anyway! he will get over that stage eventually ;-) good luck x

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Stephanie - posted on 09/04/2009

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Give him something to play with or perhaps maybe sing a song with him. Whenever my daughter does that, the best way to stop it or even prevent it is by distracting her. But I also agree with DaNieLLe BeNdRICk, if your 16 month old tantrums every time you change his diaper he might be ready to start potty training.

Margaret - posted on 09/04/2009

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try giveing him a toy to look at so your 16 month old doesn't have tantrums

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My daughter does the same thing. I just work with it, keeping in mind that they are expessing themselves, their indepence. Try using your legs to hold them down. Give them something sweet to eat. Or start suggesting to them "go on the big boy/girl potty". Show them, help them do themselves. Maybe this new idea will startle their attention in a new direction. Could this be of any help? I hope so.

Stephanie - posted on 09/04/2009

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Give him something to play with or perhaps maybe sing a song with him. Whenever my daughter does that, the best way to stop it or even prevent it is by distracting her. But I also agree with DaNieLLe BeNdRICk, if your 16 month old tantrums every time you change his diaper he might be ready to start potty training.

Margaret - posted on 09/04/2009

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try giveing him a toy to look at so your 16 month old doesn't have tantrums

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