If you’ve been a mom for more than about an hour, you know that as soon as you think you have everything all figured out, your child will change the rules on you. This happens when they learn a new skill or suddenly won’t nap on the schedule you’ve been perfecting for the last month. Every stage and phase brings a unique set of problems. And the struggles of changing a diaper are ones I’ve encountered with babies and toddlers at every stage. Many leading to diaper disasters. Still, the most you can do is be prepared.
My youngest daughter has recently entered the phase where diaper changes become like a wrestling match. Arm bars, bear hugs and headlocks are required for getting a dirty diaper off, butt wiped and a clean diaper on before your kid rolls over or sticks their hand in the mess.
I’ve been babysitting since I was a teenager, I’ve run a home daycare full of the diapered and have safely seen one child of my own through the diaper phase, but I still have no real solution for this problem.
Maybe you do. If so, please share this magical plan of action in the comments below. I’ve tried several things based on friends’ suggestions and online research. Here are a few examples and results.
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Idea # 1
Giving her a special toy she likes to play with only during diaper changes
This worked two, maybe three times. The fourth time she threw the toy on the floor and tried to roll over. The fifth time she stuck it in poop.
I saw several moms on BabyCenter suggest you give your child your cell phone to play with during diaper changes. They say their kids love this! And I believe them. Kids do love your cell phone. It’s bright, noisy, forbidden. This probably works great! Until your cell phone gets shoved into a poopy diaper. You know it would happen. Kids are fast. You can’t be faster every time.
Idea # 2
Use your arms, hands, elbows to hold her still while changing the diaper.
I was unable to change a diaper with one hand. Who can do this? How?
Idea # 3
Get super fast at diaper changes. Keep returning her to her back as necessary.
This kind of works. And that is my most glowing review. And only tip. Get faster. Change them on the floor, where a roll isn’t dangerous. Try to pin them before they roll away. See, it is wrestling!
Other Diaper Hacks
Now, there is one diaper related disaster I went through with my oldest that I did solve. I’m going to share that one to show my kids don’t always win.
The Problem: Taking Diapers off at Nap or Bedtime
How many moms out there have had a child take their diaper off at nap or bedtime and smear poop everywhere? I know mine isn’t the only one. We even lost a beloved stuffed animal to this naptime nightmare.
We tried a few things to solve this problem. For awhile we used duct tape to hold her diaper in place. But with enough time and effort, she could still get it off. My girls are tenacious. Until one day we hit upon a genius plan.
I bought my daughter multiple sets of footie one-piece pajamas and cut the feet off. Then each nap time and bedtime we put her in the pajamas backward. She couldn’t reach the zipper and she couldn’t get them off. As an added assurance, or when we ran out of clean footie pajamas, I also put her sleep sack on backwards. It wasn’t uncomfortable. There was no battle. It was a great solution.
Maybe you all already knew about this. If so, spread the word. I would’ve liked to have known sooner.
My youngest daughter is a year old with at least one to two more years of diapering to go. I thought my oldest child had pulled everything on me there was to pull. But my littlest is proving me wrong at every turn. And will probably continue to do so. So, I may be back with more diaper failures and fixes. Stay tuned. And share yours below!