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Changing diapers with a squirmy baby

Amanda - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am struggling to find ways to distract my 10 month old when I change her diapers...she will not lay still, she constantly is squirming all over the place, and I am afraid she will end up hurting herself when I am trying to keep her still. I don't know what else to do except just deal with it....It can be so stressful and frustrating though when she is kicking and twisting her body around while I am trying to get her diaper off, let alone when I am trying to get a new one on. Sometimes I can distract her, but it works best with someone else in the room with me talking to her, and well..I'm home alone with her all day. Also, She will be going into daycare next month and I worry that they care giver will have problems with her too. Any suggestions?

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Sandi - posted on 05/18/2010

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yes this is common, i give my son something to hold. i give him his comb, an extra diaper and talk to him about who is on his diaper. i have also layed him on the floor with both legs pinning his arms down - which i think it harder. i also lay my forearm across his chest until he lays flat and "chills" out. which may take a few trys but he soon realizes the sooner he lets me change his diaper then the sooner he can go back to playing

Elizabeth - posted on 05/17/2010

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my son loves wipes so i give him one to play with while i change him as fast as possible

Janice - posted on 05/17/2010

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My 9 month old daughter has to have a diaper to play with while I'm changing her or it is unbearable. She will kick and flip over. Neither one of my other two kids were like that.

Erin - posted on 05/17/2010

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My daughter does the same thing. She has even got her foot covered in poop once or twice. haha, not too funny at the time tho. But I have given her something that she always wants, like the remote or the cell phone. It usually work for a moment or 2. I have also rested my leg over her when she is super squirmy.

Toni - posted on 05/16/2010

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My son does the same thing. One thing I can always count on to keep his attention while changing him is my cell phone. Just put on some music or a video of him and he's still. I wouldn't suggest that because I just had to get a new phone from his teething. Another thing that work pretty well is a biter biscuit or teething cookie. I just lay him on the floor on a changing pad with a cookie in his hand and will sing him my stinky diaper song I made up. I've learned how to do it really quick also cause especially now he had teeth and those cookies go fast.

Charlene - posted on 05/15/2010

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I stopped using the change table at 4 months for that very reason.
Now when I change her, she is always trying to crawl away, so sometimes I let her!! If I am not in a hurry or going somewhere, I will take off the old diaper and just let her crawl around bare bum for a few minutes! After a couple minutes, she is usually willing to co-operate.
I also have to take out 3 new diapers each time I change her, because she likes to play with the clean diapers and she likes to have one for each hand. :P

Jeanette - posted on 05/14/2010

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my little boy struggles too - i hold onto one foot/leg so i can keep rolling him back onto his back and i always give him something to play with - i also firmly and repeatedly tell him he has to get a fresh diaper and then he'll laugh sometimes if i mimic his cry face or tickle his belly or legs - he is so newly mobile i guess there is just too much he thinks he needs to do besides get a fresh diaper

Elita - posted on 05/13/2010

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the caregivers will be fine thay have seen it al before....as for you at home give her something to hold....works for me

Alisha - posted on 05/13/2010

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I feel for ya. My lil girl does the same thing but I usually distract her by letting her play with the clean diaper or lotion bottle. Toys dont usually work but the things I dont usually let her play with seem to help. Good luck

Tammy - posted on 05/12/2010

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I actually found that changing my son on the floor instead of the change table worked for me. I would also give him a toy to play with. He would squirm and scream when changing him on the change table, and that stopped when i started changing him on the floor.

Lori - posted on 05/12/2010

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I have a 10 months old boy, very strong too that does the same thing!! I lye him down between my legs and use my legs to try and keep him from squirming all over the place....I also use things like giving him another diaper to hold while I'm trying to change him or something he isn't use to playing with to distract him, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't

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