Diaper Change Battles
Your baby is full of energy and she just wants to be on the go all the time. It’s hard to get her to lie still to have her diaper changed. Babies like to engage in diaper change battles whether they’re three months old or 18 months. The simple task of changing your baby’s diaper can quickly turn into a major fight between the two of you. Following are some things that you can do to end the battle that you have to go through every time you change that wet or dirty diaper.
Make Diaper Changes a Ritual from the Start
One way that you can try to avoid the battle of diaper changes with your older baby is to make it a ritual from the very first day you arrive home with your newborn. Try to get into the habit of changing your baby in the same place in your home. This can be a changing pad in the nursery, a changing pad placed on the floor, or on your own bed. The location doesn’t matter. What matters is that your baby is going to quickly associate that location with having her diaper changed. As she gets older she’ll expect that this is where all that diaper changing is going to take place. It shouldn’t be a surprise to her that this is where it all happens and that she might as well not fuss since it’s going to be done no matter what.
Make Diaper Changes as Fun as Possible
Try to make diaper changes as fun as you can. This doesn’t mean that you make a game out of it but you can try to make the task as pleasant as possible. For instance, take this time to interact with your baby. Sing her a song, blow some raspberries on her tummy, or play peek-a-boo. Show her that diaper changes don’t have to be a battle but rather that you can both have some fun while you’re doing it.
Find a Distraction
Find something to use as a distraction while you change your baby. For instance, have a favorite toy handy. Use this same toy every time that you do a diaper change. Mirrors, stuffed toys, and rattles are a good option. The key here is to let her play with the same distraction every time that you change her diaper. This toy becomes a familiar part of the routine of diaper changes. On the other hand, you can have a box of different toys available so that there’s something new for her to play with each time she’s put on her changing pad.
Changing Diaper Changing Locations
Just as changing your baby’s diaper in the same place can become part of the diaper changing routine, changing locations can also be very helpful. When you change your baby in different rooms there’s always something different for her to look at. This can keep her mind off the diaper change and allow you to get it done as quickly as you can before she starts squirming around.
The Battle of the Toddler’s Diaper
If you thought changing your baby’s diaper was a battle, changing a toddler’s diaper can be even more of a challenge. Most toddlers don’t want to lie still long enough for you to get rid of a soiled diaper and put on a new one. Unlike babies, where you still have some control, a wiggling and squirming toddler can be near impossible to change. One thing that you can do is not bother changing that diaper until you absolutely have to. Sometimes the battle just isn’t worth it. It’s not going to hurt your toddler to be in her dirty diaper a little longer if it means avoiding, at least, one battle each day. Another thing that you can do when it comes to toddlers is to let her run or crawl around without a diaper on, at least for a while. Babies and toddlers love to have their diapers off. Letting her go without breaks up the monotony of diaper changes and she might even look forward to these changes if she knows that she can go diaper-less for a while.
Learn to Change Standing Up
If your baby or toddler just doesn’t want to lie down and diaper changes have become too much of a battle, consider learning how to be a pro at changing that diaper when she’s standing up. It might mean that you’re not putting her diaper on as expertly as you would if she was lying down, however sometimes you have to find ways to compromise. Doing what you can to minimize the battles and challenge of diaper changes is all that really matters at the end of the day. The good news is that eventually you will have changed your last diaper and the battles of the past will be nothing more than a distant memory!