Solutions for Your Diaper Daredevil
Keeping diaper changes fun and safe
Take a Stand
If your child rebels at changing time because he doesn’t like to be on his back, allow him to stand up on the floor while you change him. “Many children feel more comfortable and more in control when they’re on their feet,” says Lerner. “They are less resistant—and easier to change.”
From age one until he was out of diapers, Jason Kayne was on his feet at changing time. “Nothing worked to keep him still while he was on his back,” says his mother, Tina, of Deerfield, Illinois. “It was a lot less messy than when he rolled away from me on the floor,” she says.
Stick to Business
Sometimes, with particularly active or resistant children, diapering tactics just don’t work, or they backfire. Instead of engrossing him, your songs or games make your active child ready for more action. In those cases, simply get down to business. Be firm but gentle when you put him down. Don’t talk, smile, or make eye contact and try not to react to his wiggles and complaints.
On an average day, you probably change your child’s diaper six times. That’s 4,380 dirty diapers between ages one and three, when many children ditch the diapers for the potty. With that many diapers, you need to save your sanity by finding the strategies that work best for you and your child.
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