Every family has at least one. If you're a mom, if you've ever worked in the Church nursery, babysat your neighbors youngster, or even had younger brothers or sisters, you've had to deal with it. It's every diaper-changers nightmare. The Squirmy Baby! I have been working with infants since I was very young-starting with my 4 younger siblings, then moving into a Church nursery worker, then babysitting for friends...all before I turned 18. I have had quite a bit of experience with babies! And yes, I have dealt with more than my share of squirmy babies. One of the ways I like to deal with the challenges squirmy little ones present is by having a mobile or other hanging toy above the diaper changing table. Of course, this doesn't always work when you're out shopping or at a friend's house, but it works wonders to have your nursery set up this way. A shiny toy or a musical stuffed animal hanging over their head can keep their attention for at least a couple minutes, and give you time to clean them up and re-diaper! Just make sure the item is completely out of their reach, or they'll end up dragging it down into the mess :P If a distracting toy isn't enough, try having a sibling keep them busy while you change the diaper. An older brother or sister doing something as simple as "This little piggie" can work great!
I also like to be sure to have the diaper changing area free and clear of clutter. A blanket or a loose toy in reach can be a disaster! Make sure your changing table remains clear at all times, so you don't have to sweep everything off in a rush.
One of my favorite calming tips is to either play some music or sing while changing diapers. I like classical music, but unfortunately we don't always have the ability to turn on that Beethoven cd when we need it! So, if you're in a rush, you can always sing to your child instead. Whether it's Amazing Grace or Ten Little Indians, just the sound of your voice will be calming!
I also like to have all the necessary items at hand before starting the diaper change. It's hard to keep baby Johnny still if you have to go to the living room and find the diaper bag!
Lastly, I would recommend practice :) The more you change diapers, the faster you will get at doing it. And no matter what distractions you use, you're bound to eventually have a child that won't stay still for the change! So the faster you are, the less squirming you'll have to deal with! And, speaking of being faster, check out the new Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers! These look like they'll speed up your diaper changing time!
Please share with us how you deal/dealt with the little squirmers in your family! Any tips or hints would be appreciated :)
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