how can I make diaper changing so it is not a fight with my one year old?

Kim - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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We have tried everything to make Diaper changing a better experience but he cries and squirms the whole time so it is not easy!

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Jocelyn - posted on 02/03/2010

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If nothing works (this is what I did for my super squirmy son) sit on him! Now I will elaborate so no one thinks I'm squashing him lol. Put him on the ground and then "sit on him" facing he legs. Don't put any weight on his chest, just hold him in place with your thighs/knees. That way you have one hand to hold his legs with and one hand to wipe/replace diaper with. Without having to fight to change his diaper, it will only takes a few seconds and it will be over before he knows it. And don't worry, they don't squirm forever lol.

Amy - posted on 02/03/2010

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We have the similar issue, we try a few things depending on the time of day.

If it's before nap or bedtime we brush his teeth before hand and let him "brush" his teeth while we change the diaper, he's so excited to brush his teeth that it helps.

We also give him a wipe sometimes, so he can "help".

Other times we've given him his sippy cup, and that works sometimes.

Ellen - posted on 02/03/2010

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My grandson [years ago] was infatuated with some soft toys we made into a mobile above the 'Change-table'. Also was seriously distracted by a Powder container which would 'puff' powder at him at discrete moments. One thing I found is to talk to him, tell him how much better he will be after, and 2. Always BUT ALWAYS [when possible] change him at the same place. [
try to enforce a 'NO PLAY HERE' area.]

Erica - posted on 02/03/2010

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My 8 month old son gives us the hardest time changing him also; he crawls away from us, he kicks, he screams. I started giving him a new diaper or the pack of wipes to distract him and it seems to work for now.

Julie - posted on 02/03/2010

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When my son is being squirmy, I do diaper changes in two stages. First, I take off the old diaper and wipe him clean. Then he is allowed to sit up and play for a few minutes while I throw away the dirty and get out a clean diaper. Then back down to pop the diaper on real quick and we're all done. I've also tried giving him things to look at: not toys but household items that he doesn't usually get like the lid off his lotion, the thermometer, my keys, etc.

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Kim - posted on 02/04/2010

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Thank you for everyones Replies. I have some good ideas of what to do now. I might even try the potty and see how it goes!

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My daughter normally likes to squirm too but I distract her with toys, silly sounds, or just acting silly in general, and she stays still long enough for me to change her.

Firebird - posted on 02/03/2010

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My mom told me something when my girl was about a week old..... "When changing the diaper, don't take your time. It doesn't have to look perfect, just get baby clean and into a new diaper asap, or she'll be hard to change when she's older because she'll get sick of laying still." I never had a problem at change time. I don't know how long it takes you to change a diaper but if you can speed up the process a bit, it might help. Or like some of the other moms said, maybe it's time to think about potty training.

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I would try to put your child on the potty I know when my daugther was about a year old she hated the diapers so i started putting her on the potty and my 18months she was fully potty trained then i had taylor and she reverted back for a little while but I would try it and see what happens!

Olivia - posted on 02/03/2010

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This seems to be the story of my life! I give my 13 month old son the package of wipes and it seems to do the trick! Good luck!

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ive never had a prob changing my baby girl, i change her on my knee, she plays with a toy and watches ceebeebies.

Kerri-Ann - posted on 02/03/2010

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i give my 12 month old daughter the packet of wipes.... she loves them. and i have found stickers are great, stick one to thier hand (a biggish ones that they end up swapping from hand to hand) lol! my daughter also loves to sing with me while changing nappies.

Julie - posted on 02/03/2010

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When my daughters were in diapers I always gave them a toy had music playing and sometimes I sang to them, it distracted them enough that I was able to change them rather fast and they did not seem to notice.

Ilona - posted on 02/03/2010

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let run around with nothing on "if you can put up with the mess" they soon dont like it and either start using the potty (leave it out for easy use) or ask for a nappy (leave a couple out on a chair) they pick up nappy or if shown use potty. some kids come out of nappies at 10 months.!!

Katherine - posted on 02/03/2010

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How old is your son? Sometimes this dislike of diaper changes is a great time to introduce your child to the potty - no joke. I started potty training my daughter at about 7 months, I've heard some parents starting as early as baby can hold his head up.

If you choose not to put him on the potty a few times a day, something that always worked for me was when you take off the child's pants, to drop their pants over their face and say, "where did you go?" ...My kids always loved peekaboo, so this was a great way to distract them - they'd peek at me while I was changing them, and I'd get excited and play peekaboo with them, and 99 percent of the time they'd take the pants and cover their face again to play some more! Another thing I did was to give the child a wipe to play with and pull on - that usually kept them busy long enough for me to change their diaper. Hope you find something that works for your little guy! Good luck!

Anna-Jo - posted on 02/03/2010

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My 7mo has recently started to absolutely hate diaper changes!!! It is so strange, he just screams, cries, kicks, rolls and tries to get up. I hope this stage doesn't last long. I had some success with giving him something to play with (a toy, the remote even), singing and being silly, but none of that seems to work anymore. I just try to be as quick as possible!

Julie - posted on 02/03/2010

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i understand the battle. Try giving her a toy and helping her talk about it. Or make her a part of what is happening. Talk to her have her old the new diaper and or a favorite toy. Sounds like you have a smart little girl.

Rebecca - posted on 02/03/2010

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ive got twin boys who are 14 months, and have the same problem. ive resorted to pinning them to the floor under my leg so they don't crawl off the changing table. usually just putting my leg over them with no pressure does the trick. toys, wipies, clean diapers, the lid to whatever container is near us are also good to get them thinking about somthing else.

Emily - posted on 02/03/2010

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Yeah that's a one-year-old for you. :) Just be calm and patient.. they do eventually outgrow this.

Deanna - posted on 02/03/2010

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try playing music or distracting you. or get him involved. have him get you the diapers and wipes and give him a wipe and let him try to wipe himself. just get him involved

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