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Changing my 11 month old's diaper is a nightmare!

Julia - posted on 09/20/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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It is impossible to change my 11 month old's diaper. As soon as I put her down, she rolls over and crawls away. I have tried distracting her with toys. Sometimes dangling a toy from my mouth while I change her with my free hands works for a little while. I generally only have a chance to open her diaper and she is gone! This can make for quite a mess! I apprieciate any advice. There are many diapers left to change!

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Melissa - posted on 09/20/2010

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my little girl is the exact same! I dread diaper changes too. The only thing I've found works is to get a small toy or objest that she doesn't normally get to touch or play with (she loves a tiny flashlight lol) or something that's off limits but she always tries to go for (bottle caps, small picture frames, wrappers etc) and let her hold / play with it ONLY During diaper changes. The novelty of a new toy seems to keep her distracted long enough to swap out the diaper. You can also try changing her while she's standing up, watching her favourite show etc. Its a little bit more difficult but its worked for me. Good luck!

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Yes my 13 month twins are like that too. Here are a couple things I do. First of all I quit changing them on the floor. I also keep objects that are not familiar to them near the change table and give it them at the first sign of rolling or twisting. I always say "here here" so they know I have something new for them for them to check out. I started with car keys, pocket calculator, a plastic spoon, small tuperware, etc. Lately I have been using their birthday cards. Its like they have their own magazine rack at the change table. LOL! The cards are within reach so they can grab what they want. There are some cards that open differently, some have sparkles, others have pop-outs, the elmo one has "fur". It helps that they have a toy elmo and know who he is. Seems to be working... well most of the time... for now anyway. LOL!

Rosie - posted on 10/25/2010

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Are you breastfeeding? If so, that's what I do. I grab a diaper and a handful of wipes, give her my left boob and change the diaper with both hands.

Erin - posted on 09/21/2010

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My son is horrible too. What I do is sit on the floor (I have given up on that changing table), lay him down and put my leg across his chest. I don't squish him, I bend my knee just enough so he cant go anywhere. My MIL laughs when she sees me do this but she understands that you do what you have to do. My son squirms and fusses but a few minutes of crying while i change his diaper and he is over it once i move my leg.

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Carmina - posted on 10/25/2010

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my son is the same!! he has been for a few months hes now 1 year and 1 week old. i have a change table with straps to hold him down, thats the only way ill get it done! if im out somewhere and im lucky enough to be with my partner he has to hold my son down while i quickly do it! its so annoying! very amusing for everyone else though lol

Donna - posted on 09/22/2010

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lol i know what u mean, i have the same prob. i have to litterly hold her down to change her.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2010

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My daughter is the same way, she thinks it is a game to scoot away when I want to change her and then roll over and try to get away... I try to play a game with her by singing a silly song that her brother taught her from yo gabba gabba.... we sing, "holllllddddd stttttiiiiillllllll, I( and you cant move) and then, "wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, go, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle go ( and she will shake her head and wiggle around)... and I sing it until i can superfast change the diaper... it is silly so it catches her attention and her brother will come over sometimes and do it to and that is a distraction for her as well. I think any song or crazy voice or anything will work, to capture her attention, something you have never done, sometimes i just make up songs really loudly or make weird noises to get her attention and to keep her still.... i do feel like a nascar pit stop though sometimes, this is my second with one on the way, and i am getting pretty darn fast :)

Bethany - posted on 09/21/2010

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My son does the same thing! He screams his head off! I agree with Melissa if you give them something they normally arent allowed to touch or play with when you change their diaper sometimes it does help! good luck! We feel for ya!

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