Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How to Deal with a Diaper-Change Houdini

Ahh my little squirmonster. As a rookie mom, I never saw the diaper change escapism coming. But oh, it came. When my son could roll over, he tried to roll over mid-diaper change. When he learned to crawl, he'd crawl away as I turned to open the diaper cream. And now? Well we've mostly got him trained to lay down on command, but there are still days you can find my toddler squealing while running bare-bunned across the room.
Here's what I'll do differently next time:

pic by Spigoo via Flickr Creative Commons
Nip it in the Bud

Not expecting it (don't babies want to get that poop and moisture off of them?!?), I didn't react firmly to my son's initial attempts to Houdini his way out of a diaper change. I think I probably giggled the first couple of times it happened. Next baby, I'll be sure to respond more firmly and make it clear mommy doesn't think that's funny.


I'll also make more of an effort next time to make sure the baby has a toy or something to entertain themself with while I do the dirty work. I once saw a mom with a slightly younger squirmonster attempting to escape his diaper change at the end of a LaLecheLeague monster and promptly pulled out one of my son's toys and let the other baby play with it. He was entranced and the mom relieved. It doesn't always work, but when it does, it's so nice!

Prep Well

As I mentioned earlier, sometimes I'd need both hands to open the diaper cream, leaving my son unencumbered in his escape attempts. Now I know better. I open the diaper cream before laying him down to change him. I also pull out a handful of wipes if there's poo in the diaper, and I unfold the diaper so it's ready to go. Doing all that stuff ahead of time doesn't take any longer, but it sure makes the amount of time I need the baby to lay still on the floor/bed/changing table a lot shorter!

Speed it Up

This is one that's tough for me. I didn't have much baby experience before having my son and I'm a sort of slow diaper changer. But I know I have to make a conscious effort to go fast so that it doesn't take longer than the time he's willing to lay there (obviously this doesn't always work if it's a big messy diaper, but for standard pee-only ones this is my strategy) Another way to speed things up is to use smart tools, like new Huggies Slip-On diapers. I haven't had a chance to try them yet, but we have used Huggies Pull-Ups and it's amazing how much faster you can change somene small and squirmy when you don't have to mess with those annoying tabs (which I always seem to rip when I used any brand other than Huggies and then have to start all over with a new diaper! Ugh!)

So that's my game plan for smoother diaper changes next time I have a new baby. What are your best strategies for dealing with a squirmy baby during diaper changes?

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Sheila said...

I generally just do stand-up diaper changes. It's kind of tough using cloth, but I get the whole diaper ready, sneak up on him while he's playing with something, and slap the diaper on in a hurry! Then I have to get him in pants quick, or he'll just rip it off.

Though, now that he's 16 months, he's beginning to understand about diaper changes. I'll tell him it's time for a change, and he (sometimes) runs into the bedroom, grabs a diaper, and lies down on his bed. I still only have about ten seconds before he loses patience, toy or no toy!

Crunchy Con Mommy said...

Sheila- I totally forgot to mention that-we definitely do standing diaper changes. I've been trying to move away from that though 'cause it is soooo easy for him to literally run away from me while I'm messing with the tabs. Lol.