Our 6-month old has perfected his rolling and now wants to show it off during diaper and clothing changes.

We've moved from our well equipped changing surface (top of his dresser with one of those changing table mattresses) to an ultimate crib sheet on the floor in order to prevent him from falling. All of the diapers, his clothes, wipes, etc. are all back on top of the dresser. I don't know about you but I don't have the presence of mind to remember to pull down (and put back up) everything I'll need in advance, so I am faced with the conundrum of naked baby loose on the floor verses picking up said naked baby in order to retrieve everything I forgot.

Luckily, we haven't had a catastrophic blow out since the move to the floor, but I couldn't tell you what I'm going to do then.

What have other parents done to make changes easier as their babies have become more active and less manageable?

asked 08 Oct '09, 15:47

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edited 08 Oct '09, 16:13

Can you (or someone) change the title to read "squirmy" instead of "skwirmy?" You know, just for future searches...

(08 Oct '09, 15:56) bbrown

@bbrown - its done. Thanks for pointing that out.

(08 Oct '09, 16:16) Rob Allen

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What have other parents done to make changes easier as their babies have become more active and less manageable?

Well, 5 boys later I find I'm skipping a lot of the ritual. No changing pad:

  • Grab the baby, a diaper, and the box of wipes.
  • Find a clear spot on the floor (ie, kick the toys out of the way)
  • Sit down
  • Set the baby down
  • Unfold the diaper, and get one wipe ready on my knee (which also helps warm up the wipes a teeny bit before use)
  • Undress the baby
  • If he is very wriggly, I'll place a foot on either side of him to prevent him from rolling over. If he is kicking and screaming wriggly and I don't have time to calm him, I'll reposition him so I can restrain him with my leg over his belly - not unlike a belt in a changing table. This is extraordinarily rare, but it goes very quickly.
  • Normal wriggling is easy to handle - use one hand to grasp both ankles and lift up. He can't twist and roll easily when you have his ankles and his rear end is an inch off the floor.
  • Remove the old diaper, wipe once or twice, and place the new diaper under him while still holding his ankles. Since nothing touches the floor, then the changing pad or cloth is unnecessary.
  • Let go of the ankles, secure the diaper, and dress.

I find that singing can help distract and hold their attention long enough to complete the process.

If you need to do more work (lotion, rash medication, extra mess, cleaning up a blowout) then you may have to adjust tactics.

I don't know about you but I don't have the presence of mind to remember to pull down (and put back up) everything I'll need in advance

I'm afraid that's really the only solution. You can try putting things on the lower shelves of the changing table and changing near the shelves so you don't have to move to get most items, but I found that it's better for me and the baby if I am the one that is expected to be prepared and work quickly, rather than expecting the baby to sit quietly.

However, you don't give us her age. After 18-24 months we found our kids were familiar enough with the process that if they were giving us grief about it then they were doing it knowingly. At that point it depended completely on the child. The one thing that stayed the same between the kids is that we didn't make light of it - it may be cute the first few times, but we don't let them know that, and we do let them know that they need to hold still.


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Since this is the closest to what has become our practice, you get the coveted green-check

(10 May '10, 14:58) Rob Allen

have you thought about a changing caddy? You would just have to move that to the floor with every diaper change. If you keep it well stocked up you wouldn't need to move from your little squirmy boy! :-)


answered 08 Oct '09, 16:06

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Good suggestion. I'll have to take a look. Thanks

(08 Oct '09, 16:16) Rob Allen

I give my daughter the the things I will use during the process. I start by giving her the fresh diaper while I remove the clothes and old diaper (saying mmm fresh baby smell and she smells it and investigates it) then I ask for that back and trade her for the wipes. She has even learned to dispense the wipes now which is helpful. If I am not fast enough though she could have 10 out before I realize though ha ha. Then I get those back and give her her clothing to hold while I dress her piece by piece. Then at the end I made a big deal out of a count down and then pop her up onto her feet in one motion which she loves. It might sound crazy but it works like a charm for us every time.


answered 09 Oct '09, 02:25

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This is working for us a little bit... but sometimes he just takes the nappy and tries to crawl away holding it :P

(29 Oct '09, 16:25) pete the pagan-gerbil

Think back to wrestling in P.E. class and use those moves, only gentler and with one hand. Pull the pants off, grab both feet together gently and lift, remove the old diaper and try to get the bigger pieces, wipe several times, and then slide the new diaper under.


answered 27 Oct '09, 02:03

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I would add that I usually put diaper B under diaper A first, just to catch the rare occasion when there are other accidents after diaper A is removed but before diaper B is sealed.

(27 Oct '09, 02:22) Scott ♦♦

Good point Scott.

(03 Nov '09, 03:26) Jeff Bloom

It may not be as aesthetically pleasing, but maybe you could put the diapering accoutrements down on the floor.

In general, having everything ready before undoing the diaper has saved me from a lot of grief. I have a ritual: lay baby down, unfurl new diaper, open wipe package (or get out one or two if I know it's going to be poopy), unlatch diaper, do preliminary wipe, move old diaper out of kicking range, finish the wiping, put in new diaper. The only time I've ever had troubles is when I didn't follow that sequence.


answered 08 Oct '09, 15:57

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edited 08 Oct '09, 16:03

Unfortunately, floor space in the baby's room is at a premium. Especially since he still requires some attention overnight. Accidentally stepping on or kicking something on the way out would ruin an evening.

(08 Oct '09, 16:15) Rob Allen

We actually find it easier to change our daughter on the changing table. We have the same set up as you described. For some reason she wiggles less. Like others suggested we give her a toy to occupy her. When we're on the floor, or a bed she tends to roll over and tries to move around more.


answered 09 Oct '09, 00:04

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My kids are the same. I keep using the change table as it easier on my back. When I change on the floor because we are not at home they wriggle or crawl away unless there is a distraction.

(10 Apr '10, 06:51) K D

our pad has a belt, so that helps to keep her in place. Now at 10 months, my baby is starting to move around on the changing table. I just have move very fast and keep her distracted, I have a toy or something for her to chew on while I am changing her.


answered 08 Oct '09, 17:55

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haha, I give my 9-month old something to keep him entertained while I change the diaper. Most ofter this is the pacifier chain, which makes an excellent toy :D


answered 08 Oct '09, 19:53

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I'm getting really good at changing my 8 month old babies upside-down (on their bellies) since both of my boys promptly roll over and try to wiggle away whenever I turn to reach for a wipe or cream (even if its right there next to me). I find that they hold still longer on their bellies than on their backs.

I usually have a toy in front of them to try to entertain them for a minute too (just like Bartosz said), but they still enjoying rolling and wiggling away.


answered 08 Oct '09, 20:04

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Sometimes I purposefully strap the diaper on backwards because it's easier than making him flip back over. I totally see what you are saying. :)

(09 Oct '09, 06:39) Sabrina

Our son likes to squirm on the changing table too. My solution is to keep one particular toy hidden and bring it out for him to play with it only while he's being changed. The novelty value of it keeps him occupied long enough to get the diaper changed.

If you do this, I highly recommend choosing a toy that can be easily cleaned (preferably, sterilized) just in case your little one decides to toss it onto the soiled diaper. That family heirloom teddy bear is probably a bad choice, for example.


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