5 Tips to Get through a Squirmy Baby Diaper Change

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When you bring a baby home for the first time and start your new routine of changing diapers, your first worry is probably hoping you don't get any of the mess on you. As your baby gets older, the diaper changing process can become a little more complicated.

Soon, your baby will hit the phase where they just won't sit still for anything, and the idea of changing their diaper is daunting. In my experience, when your baby starts to learn how to roll over and then crawl, diaper changes become next-level hard.

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Your baby won't sit still, and you find yourself trying to hold your baby down, reasoning with them (even though you can't actually reason with a child so young) and trying to get through it as quickly as you can. It's a super challenging part of your baby's growing up, so here are my 5 tips for helping you get through the squirmy baby diaper change.

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Have a unique diaper change toy

A small toy your child can keep in their hands that holds their interest is essential. It should be something they don't get to play with too much so their interest in it stays high. If it makes noise, it's even better.

If you don't have a toy nearby, use anything! Hand your baby a diaper, wipes, the diaper cream container — whatever you can get your hands on! Busy baby hands mean less active bodies.

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Get all the supplies ready before grabbing your baby

There is nothing worse than finally getting your baby positioned to change their diaper, barely holding them down, and realizing you don't have enough wipes for the job!

To avoid this, make sure you have all your supplies down and ready (and open and out) before you lay your baby down to start the job!

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Enlist the help of older children

If you have older children, have them lie down next to your baby as you change their diaper (use the floor and a changing pad for this job) and let your older child do the work of keeping your squirmy baby still. Babies are always in awe of their older siblings, and they never get old. (Their entertainment factor, that is.)

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Sing while you change them

Sing a song, be silly, do weird things with your face. Distraction is going to be your salvation!

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Keep in mind that it's a stage that will probably pass soon

This squirmy baby phase will pass before you know it, and the changing process will get much easier — well, that is until your baby becomes a toddler, and then it's a whole new ballgame.

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What are your tips for getting through a squirmy baby diaper change? Share in the comments!

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5 Tips to Get through a Squirmy Baby Diaper Change

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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