Help! My Baby Won't Let Me Change His Diaper: What to Do When Your Baby Fights Diaper Changes
Tip for Getting Baby to Stay Still During Diaper Change #1: Get New Toys that are only Allowed for Diaper Changes
Yes, I know, this tip might not work for all babies, and it might not work very long for some, but it is worth a try. Purchase a variety of new toys that they can only play with during diaper changes. It could be a cool toy cell phone that lights up, a musical rattle, whatever. Hopefully it will keep him/her still just long enough for the diaper change.
Tip for Getting Baby to Stay Still During Diaper Change #2: Use a Hug 'n Hold
I resorted to this step when my baby kept rolling over while trying to change his diaper. It might be the answer for you. A "Hug 'n Hold", formerly known as a "Change-Eve" is a simple device that will keep babies still during diaper changes. It "keeps squirmy babies secure." It can also prevent the baby from rolling off the table. To learn more visit, the website here.
Tip for Getting Baby to Stay Still During Diaper Change #3: Allow him/her to play briefly with forbidden objects.
This is another last-resort tip that might just work. Let him/her play with objects that would normally be a "no-no." This might be a container of diaper rash cream (just make sure the baby doesn't eat it), your cell phone, a small flashlight, etc. Obviously, do not give him/her something that is chokable or dangerous. This one might work, although he/she or might end up with diaper rash cream all over his face.
Tip for Getting Baby to Stay Still During Diaper Change #4: Sing a silly song.
This will not work for all babies, but it is worth a shot. Try sing a ridiculous silly and loud song. He/she might be so surprised it will keep him/her still for just a few seconds.
Tip for Getting Baby to Stay Still During Diaper Change #5: Make funny faces.
This one is also worth a try. Make really silly and funny faces. It might just work once or twice, but it could keep your sanity in those few moments.
Tip for Getting Baby to Stay Still During Diaper Change #6:Allow him or her to eat a graham cracker.
Yes, I know this sounds incredibly gross to let the child eat while changing the diaper. But if he/she adamantly refuses to stay still, it is definitely not as gross as letting him/her sit in a dirty diaper. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. This is only recommended for babies ages seven months and up. You must of course be careful to avoid choking.
Good luck as you try to get your baby to let you change his or her diaper! Remember that this phase will pass and eventually your child will be potty trained, grown up and ready to graduate high school and you'll actually miss the baby stage.
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