Changing diapers is a tough job when your baby is mobile!! Easton is usually all over the place so we definitely have to hold him down when it comes to diaper changing! Often times, we will catch him reaching his hand down ‘there’…..other times we don’t catch him . He likes to twist & turn and generally just be difficult. He is our wiggly butt for sure.
Social Moms & Huggies have asked bloggers to share a few tips and tricks for keeping that squirmy baby STILL for a few seconds.
My number one tip is to learn how to change a diaper in 1.5 seconds. Ok….that probably isn’t possible, but just try to ‘get in & get out’. I make sure to have several wipes already out of the wipe tub so that I don’t have to take time to separate them (which will inevitably happen). I also open the new diaper & lay it next to me so I can grab it quickly and don’t have to spend time messing around with it.
Obviously a toy might do the trick for your wiggler. However, I typically choose something that Easton doesn’t normally play with---something like a spool of ribbon, or my cell phone. He seems to think there is nothing interesting in a toy that he plays with all the time…..so I have to mix it up.
Also, making sure the area where you are changing your baby is free of clutter will do wonders. If you don’t, your baby is going to be tempted to reach, twist, and turn to grab all the fun things around him or her. If he is really interested in something close by, make sure to get it for him BEFORE you start the whole diaper process!
If you have a younger baby who isn’t really strong yet, try a changing pad with a strap to hold the baby in. I would guess that most pads have a strap so why not use it! I use to use mine for Easton and it worked wonders to keep him still for the short amount of time that I needed to get him changed.
The trick that works the best??? FOOD! What baby passes up a chance to have a snack or treat? One little cracker is probably enough to get you through a diaper change. Keep a bag of goodies close by your changing area (not too close ) so they will always be handy!
And here is something fantastic: Huggies has a new diaper that is SLIP-ON! They are called Little Movers Slip On Diapers. I was seriously thinking about inventing these the other day….but I guess I no longer have to. Relief is on the way!!
Any funny stories about your own little “Squirmer”?
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