Tips for Diapering a Squirmy Baby

The difficulties in diapering a baby go beyond getting through the smell and appearance, as well as the constant revolving door of new changes day and night. Ideally, your baby will hold perfectly still during the changing process but this is almost never the case.

Diaper changes can be a great bonding time between baby and parent and a great time to talk, coo and sing to your child. However, it can also be a stressful time for parents because of the fight that will inevitably occur with a squirmy baby.

Define a location

Defining a location for diapering your baby is the first step in deterring a squirmy baby. Although it can be most convenient to diaper your baby in whatever area you’re in at the moment, making the walk to the defined location will be well worth it in the end.

Changing table pads are curved to help keep the baby flat and helps to quell rolling from side to side. They also have adjustable straps that can help hold the baby still during changes.

Protect yourself

Part of the main reason babies squirm during the changing process is their own curiosity with their body parts. Babies love to kick their legs, wave their hands and even grab at themselves during a change.

Baby boys can add to the difficulties during the change because the onset of cold air or a cold baby wipe can bring on accidents during the change. Sprinkle guards are great ways to protect yourself and materials from soiling during an accident. Bella Due has a great variety of Sprinkle Protectors that come in all different colors and designs.

Distractions are key

Distractions are the best way in keeping the baby’s mind and hands busy. The choice for distraction should be small enough for them to hold on their own without help from you. It should also be interesting to chew on and play with so that they remain entertained during the changing. Since, baby’s tastes change with each passing day, the distraction tool should also change.

It’s important to note that distraction toys should be age appropriate and should not contain anything that can pose as a choking hazard. Also, never give your baby edible distractions during the change.

The most important aspect of deterring a squirmy baby during diaper changes is to perfect your timing. With each change, diapering times will become faster and faster. The quicker you change your baby, the easier it will be to deter squirming. Keep diapering tools like wipes, rash cream, diapers and a change of clothes close at hand. Diapering your baby will quickly become a joyful bonding experience between you and your child rather than a fight.