It's a struggle everyday changing my 6 month old

Candi - posted on 04/11/2013 ( 44 moms have responded )

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Everyday when I change my daughter, she flips over, making it almost impossible to change her pamper. Any advice on making this task easier?

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Marie - posted on 04/20/2013

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I take care of infants in a daycare environment. Some of these suggestions are down right scary!! Pinning shoulders with feet and using your leg as a restraint? If any one of the parents came into my classroom and I was doing this to their child, I would loose my job! Just provide a distraction, talk to your baby as you change them, sing to them, let them hold something that is light and will not hurt them if they drop it on themselves. It amazes me how many people lack common sense!

Alicia - posted on 04/16/2013

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give her a toy to play with or even a book. Distract her from what is going on. I use this in our church nursery all the time. It works wonders!

Ani - posted on 04/16/2013

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Darlin' You are a great Momma for being bothered by this...Practice. 1) Loosen tabs or if cloth, take off pins.
2) One hand on tummy
3) Grab both kicking feet with other hand
4) bring feet towards face with just enough force to stop turning. I found that tickling face with toes helps
5) Clean moving legs up and down and around to do so. At one point thought the legs get down, one at a time to clean the side. Blowing on her face, Gently, with stop her turning at this point
6) Legs back up
7) ointment is necessary, dust if you use a powder
8) Start new diaper, then hand back on tummy to hold her in place.

Caveat...I have a big family and have been doing this a lot, if they turn they turn. You can always wash bedding

May G*D bless you and your family

Meryl - posted on 04/16/2013

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I used to lay the change mat on the floor and sit at the base. I would have all the supplies very close by ready to change (all my 3 used to flip over on me at some point!). I would then (with my feet in clean socks!) put my feet either side of their chest with my toes GENTLY restraining their shoulders and upper arms. I would then change them as quick as I could. They would struggle a little bit but by the time they stopped I would either reward them with a toy to play with or by then I was already done depending on how stubborn they were (or how gross the diaper was!). I would talk to them the whole way through and try and giggle along so they didn't feel threatened. Try to avoid turning it into a game/battle of wills - remember you're the parent NOT just the tallest person in the house!

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Danielle - posted on 05/01/2013

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I have the same exact problem with my 5 month old. As soon as she learned how to flip over I am having trouble with changing her too. She either kicks up a storm babbling and giggling or wants to flip right over ignoring my pleas to stay on her back til we are finished. I've came to the conclusion that if I can distract her long enough then she is fine. I wear a bracelet that has a jeweled egg charm on it and she will lay there trying to get it. She still kicks me up a storm but she seems focused enough that I can quickly change her. Doesn't always work but sometimes it does. My daughter gets bored with things very quickly so soon I will have to find something else to distract her with. Maybe that will help you. Try giving her something that blinks or is shiny to distract her. Not all babies are alike so you might have to get creative. Hope that helps.

Julieth - posted on 04/29/2013

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For weird that this sounds as soon my daughter was able to stand on her feet She refused to let me change her diaper lying down. So I needed to put her on the bathroom counter and change her while She was standing!!! it was a pain at the time, looking back I think it was so funny :)

Kale - posted on 04/29/2013

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my 7 month old is the EXACT same way. what i do is give her something to hold and focus on like a toy or a bottle..doesnt always work but it works most of the time

Marissa - posted on 04/27/2013

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I have 12 month old twin boys & they are incredibly strong & difficult to change too. What I recently started doing was giving them gerber fruit/veggie melts as I change them. They LOVE them so it works. But substitute whatever your baby loves. Some may say this is bribery, I say they should try to do what I do for one day. Bottom line, just do what works for you & don't let other people make you feel bad about it!

User - posted on 04/22/2013

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I think the parents here who talked about pinning shoulders down probably know their baby's strength, and are not in an abusive situation. My 18 month old grandson is stronger than you'd believe when it's changing time, and unless I want a mess all over the place, I need a helper from the household to make sure he isn't going to flip flop all over the place. And we aren't hurting him, and distracting him with a toy, a song, whatever, is a joke.

Candi - posted on 04/22/2013

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Thanks to everyone that replied , Every bodies advice was so helpful and some were even funny . I noticed when I give her toys to play with it distracts her but then it's like she catches on and she'll throw the toy and begin to flip over and over , laughing , kicking , and screaming . I try saying no with a stern voice but she'll just laugh at me , it's weird but I have found giving her a pamper works some times (just like I was advised in one of the comments) . She is a very active six month old , she has even begin to fall out when she doesn't get her way .

Patti - posted on 04/20/2013

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Hi Candi,
I remember when my son did that as a very tiny infant. I turned my back for one second to reach for something and he flipped right off the changing table. I turned around just in time to catch him by the ankle before he landed on his noggin. If yours is this active, may I encourage you to use a buckled strap around her middle for now. Maybe she has high wire acrobatics somewhere in her future, but for now you will have to take extra precautions. Some babies are just wired for motion. Get your exercise when you can, so you can keep up; it may be a very active lifestyle you have to look forward to. May each day's strength be there when you need it.

Deanna - posted on 04/19/2013

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It is time to introduce the word "no". At 6 months she should be able to start understanding the word. And just patiently flip her over until diaper is on. Eventually she will get it.

Michelle - posted on 04/18/2013

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Lay her on the floor and sit at her side with one leg across her chest like a seat belt. Make sure to only keep enough light pressure on her to keep her from rolling while your changing her. I used to have to do that with both of my kids, works like a charm.

Melynda - posted on 04/18/2013

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If u got to hold a squirmy child down with one leg to get the job done then thats whats got to b done. He/she has new places to go and new things to taste. Movin and shakin!

Kimi - posted on 04/16/2013

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If you have the flexibility try laying her on the floor on her back with her feet pointing toward you. Sit across from her and rest the balls of your feet over her shoulders while you change her.

Patricia - posted on 04/16/2013

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This is all part of "being a mom"... You just need lots of "tenacity", mommy!!!

Alicia - posted on 04/16/2013

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Jessica.....that doesn't make sense. She is thankful, but she doesn't want her baby to roll away while she's changing her....duh.

Mommy2be - posted on 04/16/2013

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They have the changing pad with the straps ( like a seat belt ) works great

Kristin - posted on 04/16/2013

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I second Meryl's technique. Change baby on the floor, and put your feet either side of their torso, using your toes/ball of the feet to gently restrain their shoulders. It takes a little practice, but I found it by far the best with my wrigglers! It's also really good for your body to be getting down on the floor and having a little stretch! LOL. I tried giving them toys, but got tired of having to clean poop of the toys!

Shannon - posted on 04/16/2013

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Sounds normal to me. My kids always tried to escape when they were being changed. It because babies like to be naked. It was always a game with us involving much tickling and laughter. Up till she was 2 my daughter would run around the house doing the naked baby dance while we tried to catch her. Have fun with it cause these times pass so quickly. Be glad your your little one has the coordination and intelligence to try to get away, that's the signs of a smart and healthy baby.

Diane - posted on 04/16/2013

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We're still going through this with a very athletic 18 month old grandson, and sometimes we just have to bodily hold him down. Other times, he'll focus on a toy, or the container of huggies wipes, something he can look at. Does your daughter ever drink from a bottle? Would that be enough to keep her down?

Chaya - posted on 04/16/2013

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Give her a small toy to hold, or a spoon or piece of tape to keep her too busy playing to notice she's being changed.

Dorothy - posted on 04/15/2013

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I lay my son on his back and cross his legs then hold them with one hand in the air while i wipe and clean with the other. Once the bottom is clean, i give him a mirror or anything to distract him, and then i finish taking care of business. After a while, they get used to the motions.

Valeri - posted on 04/15/2013

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My daughter is 9 months and I hear! I have the same challenge. What I do if its really getting to much. I lay her on the carpet and change her there. I give her a toy that she loves, she happens to be attached to spoons :) so I give her one of her plastic feeding spoons and she stays still long enough for me to quickly change her diaper. Hope this helps! Good luck!
Oh! one more thing I do is my daughter is fascinated by her diapers so I hand her a clean diaper to play with. That keeps her preoccupied long enough for me to change her to.

Lauren - posted on 04/15/2013

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Mine were all the same :D. Have objects nearby that you can grab and hand her to distract her for a second or two. Anything, an extra nappy. A wet wipe. A hairbrush. Just have several options and smoothly fill her hands as she tosses them...you'll be juggling in no time ;)

Cecila - posted on 04/15/2013

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I am a mother of 6 children. I would suggest you give her a diaper while changing her, also talk to her and tell her that it's time to get your diaper changed.

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They make sleep wedges that you can put the baby in - that has a cushion on both sides to keep the baby in one position - try using that to keep her on her back.

Kay - posted on 04/15/2013

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My son is 15 months old, and has always been a challenge changing him he would kick scream roll over stand up etc, I found distractions perfect for him I either make it fun by turning it into a game of raspberries tickles or peek a boo with his clothes while changing him. Otherwise I have a few challenging toys for him so he focuses on that rather than what I'm doing. As another woman suggested having a mirror or in my case I have wall stickers right next to the change table that I point at and talk to him about what it is and the colours on it etc. sometimes I find talking him through the process helps or talk about an activity he enjoys like playing outside. But when he was younger and not quiet at the level he is now most of the other options helped. It's only momentary at least I hope so lol but staying calm cool and collected was one thing I had to embrass it's amazing how they pick up on that ;) good luck

Bobbi - posted on 04/14/2013

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Hang a mirror on the wall at her eye level.......she'll be so busy looking at herself changing time will be a snap! And tell her it's time to get your diaper changed, no playing!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/14/2013

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Just because that happened to you does not mean someone else is not greatful for having their children. She is struggling with a common problem and just was asking for help. This does not mean she has any angst towards her child....sorry you lost custody, but don't put that on others.

Jessica Leigh - posted on 04/14/2013

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Little miss...I lost custody of my first born son when he was 10 weeks old for an unfair reason. He will be 9 this summer and in 4th grade this fall. That is where I am coming from.

Sue - posted on 04/14/2013

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Try hanging something interesting over where you change her nappy. I used a decorative disco type ball with my son and span it around and this kept his attention long enough for me to change his nappy.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/14/2013

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Jessica she never said she wasn't thankful, just having a hard time changing her baby.

Candi, have you given her a toy while trying to change her for distraction? I know sometimes that would help me.

Jessica Leigh - posted on 04/14/2013

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Honey, you are the mom of a 6 month old. Just be thankful. This part does not last long. Trust me.

Emma - posted on 04/13/2013

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thankfully i didnt have much of a problem with my son when he was a baby most of the time he would just lie on his back and either just lie there or cry for a minute wen he didnt want to be lied on his back.However most times i lied my son down to change him i would just give him a soft toy or play music or just something to hold to keep his attention while i quickly changed him.So try giving your daughter her favourite soft toy or singing or just talking to her just to keep her attention.it might work

Amy - posted on 04/13/2013

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I used to have a you that my daughter only got at diaper changes, that way it helped keep her attention long enough to get her diaper changed.

Samantha - posted on 04/13/2013

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You could try the art of distraction. Let her play with her favourite toy or get her to hold her pants or sock or something and include her in the nappy changing process :) I found with my daughter, talking her through what i was doing and asking to hold things helped with the rolling around. Good Luck :)

Julie - posted on 04/12/2013

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@ Six months you need to learn where to stabilizer her while on her back for changing. You also should be explaining what you are doing and why. Step by step (even if she doesn't understand yet, hearing your voice in a calm and controlling manner lets her know the situation is important.
Since flipping occurs @ the hips and shoulders. As soon as you put her on her back, hand her a toy (make it the same one...("changing fairy, or diaper doggie" cleaning keys", what ever) this will keep her focused, avoiding the upper body from twisting. She will also begin to associate that toy with changing time.
Second, stabilize her hips with one hand (L) if you are (R) handed. While changing her with the R hand. It's quite a tricky task, but if you get into a routine, and have the wipes and diaper within your reach it can go quick and smooth.
Praise her for a good job, and put the "diaper doggie" away. It should only to come out again for changing time. Keep one on the changing table and one in the diaper bag.
OR My boys liked a little sunshine stuffed music toy...I pulled the music handle and it played while changing only. It's like they knew they'd be changed when the song was being played :) I also sing silly changing songs...usually it was "smelly cat" by Phoebe from Friends! HA

Ev - posted on 04/12/2013

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Have you tried to tell her "no" in a firm voice to get her attention. THe word won't get her to quit but the tone of voice will. Put her in her crib and change here there.

Brooke - posted on 04/12/2013

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This is going to sound odd, but I used to sit side-on to my son, on the floor, and put one leg over his stomach to hold him down while I changed him. He is reading this post over my shoulder right now and laughing like a nutter. Lol

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