It’s all fun and games until they are on the move. And then something as simple as changing a nappy or putting pants on becomes mission impossible.
Nappy changes are fraught with danger regardless of age, from those newborn poo explosions to toddlers “helping” with the process. Keeping little wriggle worms still for a total of five seconds seems simple in theory but really requires strategy and planning.
To lend a hand, we’ve put together our top tips to help nappy change a wriggly baby.
1. The art of distraction
It may seem obvious, but try giving your tot something to play with while you are changing them. Perhaps a toy that they don’t see very often or something with lights up or plays a sound to keep them occupied. Mix it up and don’t always use the same item – the novelty factor will engage them.
Pop your little rascal under their play gym so they can look up at it and interact with the toys without moving too far.
Many baby monitors have light shows that will project patterns and shapes onto the wall or ceiling. This may distract your wriggle monster just long enough to get the job done.
Put on a pair of sunglasses or a hat while changing them. The novelty will delight them and while they are watching you, you can get down to business.
Short of getting the Wiggles to perform at every nappy change, try singing their favourite song and asking them to sing or clap along too.
Hang in there
Hang something on the wall above the change table. Ideally, something that moves or makes a sound, like a bell, that keeps little worms intrigued.
2. Stick ’em
Another distraction technique is sticking mini stickers to your mini-me’s hands. It’s a nifty way of keeping them preoccupied rather than using toys they play with every day. Suddenly their own hands are visually stimulating. Tactile, easy and brilliant!
3. Avoid the floor
The more space and freedom to roam, the more room for movement. Being on “ground level” is a safe choice so if the floor is your best option, try to pick a confined space like in a corner rather than the middle of a large room.
4. Standing room only
Why not change up the position? Try changing your little one vertically instead of horizontally. For additional diversion, stand them in front of a mirror for added amusement. It’s likely to be a bit more challenging with a number two, so make sure they are standing on a wipe proof mat.
5. Change in scenery
Try changing your wriggly baby in a different room – there might be different things to look at. And it could be just long enough for you to whip off that nappy and pop a clean one on. Better be quick!