Houdini baby ... Cute but annoying.

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Registered: 04-28-2011
Houdini baby ... Cute but annoying.
Thu, 02-16-2012 - 3:25pm
I have an active, adorable, spunky 10 month old baby girl and I'm starting to dread diaper changes. For a while she would just roll over on the change table and I got really good at tummy diaper changes. Now that she's pulling up to stand on anything within reach (including the bare wall and she has tried the cat lol) Things have gotten much more complex. When she stands holding on to the wall, I can actually get it done quite handily but most of the time she is holding onto me soy hands aren't so free. I had the idea to abandon the change table and just use the floor. It's safe but I end up chasing her bare bum around the house with a diaper (and my sister in law's house around new years lol). Most days I can just chuckle and get on with it but if she had a bad night then both of us are a lot shorter on patience I'm worried about dropping her or something. From BTDT moms, is this just the way some babies are? Can I do anything to encourage cooperation besides being a diaper ninja? (doing my best to be fast and stealthy) I have given her toys to occupy her and once in a blue moon I do have a baby on her back for 10 seconds.I'm starting to think about potty training ASAP.

TIA. I don't mind with the wets but her morning poop cleanup is a very messy wrestling match most days.
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Registered: 10-13-2006
Thu, 02-16-2012 - 4:48pm
I never did it, but the standing diaper change is part of the Montessori method. It might be something to look into if you are interested in actually getting an organized way to accomplish it.

Otherwise, look for distractions to keep her laying down. A mobile she can bat at, songs that you sing, or music that you play, a couple toys that are only for changing time. By 10 months we started "teaching" my son body parts. Like, "Can you find your nose?" and stuff like that. And work fast :)
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Registered: 09-21-2011
Fri, 02-17-2012 - 11:27am
With my DS, I have resorted to holding funny objects in my teeth and whistling to keep him in place for diaper changes. It works about 2/3 of the time.

At his daycare, they have changing mats that are curved so you the kid would have to roll uphill to get over. Plus, they work on the instruction "relax" while the little ones are on the changing table so they get the message that this is 90 seconds for you to zen out and not be wild. It's a process but they seem to get good results. He is better for them than he is for me at home. They start standing diaper changes around 17 months at his school too, for pee diaps only. Poop diaps are lying down still on the curved mat.