When babies are newborns, it is easy to change their diaper because they do not move much. It wasn’t until my daughter was about 5 months old that she became impossible to change. We nicknamed her the “happy hopper” because she would hop her hips up and down while anyone would try to change her diaper. Note, the key word “try.” She would do anything to keep from being changed.
There have been many instances of the contents of her diaper being squished all over her back, as well as falling out the the diaper. Changing her diaper became a very messy adventure for us – there were many times that she would end up needing a bath after being changed because she would make such a mess. I started dreading changing her diaper. She would turn in all directions and this made for a very messy situation!
We would try many things to keep her from moving, until the point came that I would have to ask my husband to come and keep her occupied while I tried to change her. I would have to sing songs, give her toys, anything to distract her while her diaper was being changed. I kept a stash of toys near her changing table to keep her occupied and these worked great, until the “throwing things” phase started… but that’s another post.
She eventually grew out of this and we had months of easy changed until just recently when she began to squirm again. I still change her on her changing table to somewhat deter her from squirming because the changing table is up very high and she knows she cannot get off of it by herself. This doesn’t stop the squirming, however, and I am always afraid she will fall off the table! When I happen to change her on a shorter surface, like the bed or the floor, she becomes the typical “naked running baby” that you always see in comedic sitcoms. My hubby and I both agree that there is nothing funnier than a runaway naked baby, but we try to minimize this experience as much as possible!
Do you have funny stories about your changing your squirmy baby?
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