Fighting the diaper change!

Valerie - posted on 08/12/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My son started a few weeks ago to try and roll over and crawl away when I'm changing his diaper. He makes it sooo difficult!! Even when I strap him in he seems to get loose! It's funny but frustrating at the same time. Has anyone else's babes started doing that?

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Michelle - posted on 08/15/2010

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We've gotten really good at the 'upside down' nappy change. If I put him on his back he flips to his front, but is happy to stay there (especially if there's a toy involved). I leave him face down, remove the nappy, clean up, put the new one on and flip him over to adjust it. Sometimes I sit him down between my legs, his back to my front and adjust the tabs that way. If I need I do the 'kung fu' hold - which is just putting my feet on his shoulders/upper arms to hold him in place face up, but he gets grumpy fast and it requires a little bit of flexibility. I really recommend figuring out how to do it with a face down baby though - so much easier!

Katie - posted on 08/13/2010

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I use my legs to trap my daughter. SHe gets mad because she cant move, but I get it done quickly and she is off again!

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Jacquelyn - posted on 09/13/2010

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I have always used a toy and just sped up the changing process. Fast hands and a toy usually work. It is a phase and will pass as the world around him becomes less interesting. Hang in there mama it'll get easier. I tried the tummy change and it didn't work for me it was awkward and they were too fast for me to get the diaper on properly. Cassie loves wipes so I let her play with one wipe and or the pakage or whatever toy she wants or the clean diaper. She also liked that and will sit there for the quick change. Also when cleaning their rumps I fold their legs up to their chest and it usually pins them down long enough for me to get the wipe and wipe the rump clean. That may help too for wiping. Ways to make it go faster are have a diaper unfolded and reading to go on or next to you, have the wipes open and one or two ready to go (depending on how stinking the little one is) then place baby with a toy or something he wants infront of you undo the one-z, and the diaper, fold baby in half (so to speak) then uncover, wipe clean (wiping as uncovering with the diaper also helps to go faster and use less wipes) and place unfolded diaper under butt and diaper. By this point if he starts to turn it's cool cause the diapers on you can snap him up as he's crawling that's no biggy. Hope this helps!

Emma - posted on 09/13/2010

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yep its quite normal i had it with my eldest and now both my twins do the same! i give them a nappie or a packet of baby wipes to hold this will keep him occupied!

PAMELA - posted on 09/12/2010

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My daughter does the same thing and i have found that giving her a diaper to hold while changing her helps the best. she doesnt play with it she just holds it and kind of fans her face with it. I try not to make it playfull because then when she doesnt want to play she starts to flee again....

Candice - posted on 09/05/2010

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My son used to do this until I gave him a toy to play with. He also has a few different looking things hanging from roof, even one with a bell, and we'll ring it if he to get his attention. He loves it and has had it since birth. Haven't had a problem since giving him a toy to play with/suck on.

Skye - posted on 09/03/2010

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My son likes to roll off the couch and then walks around the living room with no diaper....the toys dont work anymore!

Beth - posted on 09/02/2010

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my daughter has been doing this for months now she is 8months and i think it started when she was about 5months so i give her a wipe or her comb or anything really an that works some times and the singing thing does too good luck i kno its hard work

Talitha - posted on 09/02/2010

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Oh yeah. I change him on the floor now because I think it is a little safer with him trying to get away. If I turn to grab a wipe he will roll over and start crawling away. I have taken to giving him a wipe to play with because he finds them fascinating . This distracts him while I change him. I take the wipe away right after changing him.

Brooke - posted on 09/02/2010

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my son does the same thing and its super frustrating!! especially when ur in a rush! I usually have to use a firm tone with him, and myabe give him a toy to play with. When all else fails I sometimes have to give him a light swat on the behind and tell him NO...that usually gets the message through. But I do it as a last resort.

Melissa - posted on 08/21/2010

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Hunny my daughter is the worst! Try distractions....rattles or toys that make noise work best.

Tashia - posted on 08/21/2010

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Im gonna have to try the tummy side daiper change mentioned by Michelle B....that will be interesting to try but I think it may work for Aiden:)

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I use my leg to trap him too, I've used it for all 3 of our kids. actually we got rid of the change table after our first because we only used it for a few months and realized it took up too much space and really wasn't safe for how busy he was and the next 2 were just as or more busy than the first.
it's part of development, just go with it.

Rebecca - posted on 08/19/2010

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my daughter is doing the same thing! it has gotten so bad that the minute we set her on her changing table she arches her back and screams like we are hurting her. I tried giving her a toy but she will just throw it. I even hooked her mobile up to the changing table but she just screams louder when it is moving now! So instead I blow on her tummy, cheeks and toes and that makes her laugh while her diaper is being changed...

Tashia - posted on 08/18/2010

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my son is doing the same!! He didnt start till he learned he could move around, now he wants NOTHING to do with being still! Not the high chair not the car seat! He screams just like his diaper is being changed and its the end of the world cuz he cant get away! lol!

Beth - posted on 08/18/2010

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YES! We are going through this, too. I have to hold her down and change her diaper as fast as I can... I like the cell phone idea. My daughter seems to like my toys more than her own..

Kimberly - posted on 08/17/2010

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lol, since my daughter figured out how to move, she's been doing that, lol it is frustrating sometimes its works if I give her a toy or a phone or even the tv remote

Aimee - posted on 08/17/2010

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Ughhh my daughter does the same thing. Sometimes a toy helps but not always. I agree it's kinda funny but also frustrating at times. Good Luck!

Amy - posted on 08/16/2010

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My daughter has been doing this as well, its really hard however, I started using a louder voice and making different sounds and that helps and on days it doesnt, I firmly saig no-no lay still and Im sure she doesnt understand the words but I think its the tone I use because it does help, I dont yell at her shes only 7 months but I use a firmer voice then normal. When it comes to bottle time, I no longer hold her close but I cross my legs and lay her in it so she is facing me but able to see around her, tushy towards the ground and its really worked well!

Angela - posted on 08/14/2010

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YUP!!! I posted a while a go "wriggly bottoms" and got a few good ideas from it.

I now can place my hand on his chest when he wiggles and tell him to stay still - most of the time it works. Otherwise I make the silly noises or distract him blowing raspberries on his feet.

It is certainly getting harder .....:)

Kyla - posted on 08/14/2010

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my daughter does that too! i held her arms down with my legs and she sounded like she was being murderd! what i do after that is ususaly leave the diaper off for a min let her crawl around pick her up and rub her lill baby bootie and set her down on the floor with her bottle she calms down! i was told its a break from the diaper its diff. for the baby not to have one on!!!!!!

Laura - posted on 08/13/2010

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yup, she's been fighting me for a while. And if I try and force her to stay still she starts screaming and crying like I'm torturing her! So I've been experimenting with different things for her to hold, like the wipes travel case or a spoon. Things she doesn't normally get to "play" with. So far it's worked! Hope she doesn't catch on to what I'm doing. :)

Erica - posted on 08/13/2010

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I sing and give him a favorite toy to hold - my cell phone also works, lol. I do tell him no and stop him from moving - give him a look and wait. At first he would just laugh, but now he knows I'm serious. He caught on pretty quick and now just takes a toy to play with. Good luck!!

TaShawna - posted on 08/13/2010

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My little boy is doing the same thing, I try and give him something to entertain him..usually a toy or if we are out a wipe or raddle out of his bag. And if all else fails I bust out the itsy bitsy spider lol, good luck!!

Darci - posted on 08/12/2010

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yep, my little girl is always trying to get away. it really makes changing difficult and when I dont let her leave she cries, so often a toy is involved. I mostly have to change her clothing while she is sitting and inspecting her hair brush, lol. Im hoping its a phase...

Tonya - posted on 08/12/2010

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my son has been doing the same thing and just laughs when i tell him no. sometimes a toy will help and other times its a race to see who is faster lol.

User - posted on 08/12/2010

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My son is doing this for both diaper changes and for his bottle! He just can't stay still!! I've been having to give him a toy to hold.

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My son also does this. I now have to change his diaper in the crib just so I have the room with him wiggling all over the place.

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