Sunday, June 04, 2006
Diaper challenges
We're having challenges with diaper changes in our household again. Yes, Snuggle Bug has said, "Poop" and pointed to his diaper and that's fantastic! But when it comes down to the actual changing part, it's nearly impossible to get him to stay still.

"Lay down, Snuggle Bug, it's time to change your diaper," I tell him.

"Up!" he retorts, as he twists and squirms, like an expert contortionist, to escape my grasp.

Round and round we go. He gets frustrated, I get frustrated, and sometimes I end up changing his diaper as he's standing up and on the run. It's not so bad, unless he's poopy, and then it's just disgusting! I also have a tendency to tear his fresh diaper tabs as I'm attempting to get them on a mobile little boy.

I've asked for advice and tried many things, including the "let him play with a special toy only during diaper changes" trick. I tried various toys and even once resorted to letting him hold his baby nail clippers (closed of course) to see if that would keep his attention long enough. No go.

Then, a few weeks ago, we stumbled upon his Elmo phone. Anyone else that has this knows that it sings, "La La La La, La La La La, Elmo's world!" when you open it up. And when you close it you hear, "Thanks for calling," in this high pitched sing-songy voice. And when you push the phone buttons, it calls out the number, in the same annoying voice.

My dear mother got him this phone this past Christmas and, for a while, he loved it. Thankfully, he eventually lost interest and it got buried in his toy box, only to be recently re-discovered. Now he loves it again.

So, what did I do? I took it away from him, and put it up where he couldn't reach it. Yes, I can be a unfair mommy sometimes! Now, he only gets it during diaper changes. And guess what, it's working like a charm! It keeps his attention long enough to change even poopy diapers and I only have to listen to the annoying sounds that it emits every now and then! It's a win-win situation!

Thanks, Mom, for the annoying cell phone!

7:44 AM

At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Jess said...

WWHHHHEEEE!!! Kudos, mama! That's not mean at all! And its funny. Any means to a happy end, right?

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Jenna said...

Nick's current diaper change toy is a little basketball. We hate basketball. LOL.

I'm trying not to get the Elmo phone. A set of friends twins' have it. I wanted to break it. ;)

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Beck said...

My baby likes to say "poop", too - but she likes to say it while she's grabbing her butt during diaper change. Yuckyuckyuck. She loves combs so I bought a mega-bag of combs at the dollar store for her.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Beck said...

.... to hold during diaper changes. I left out that last bit. Does that make sense now?

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Don't you love it when you "rediscover" toys in the bottom of the toy box?

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Erin said...

We have the same phone and the same diaper change issues! 99% of the time it is a complete wrestling match to get her changed. I too have tried the special toy but it is still "No, no, no, no Mama". Glad it is working for you!

At 1:46 PM, Blogger cloudscome said...

My little guy is in this stage too. Hopefully it only lasts a few months. I do change him standing up if the diaper isn't messy. Sometimes I give him one of his brothers' toys or books... forbidden is very attractive! LOL

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Annette said...

I had to laugh. Your boy is as bad as my boy...and no...I haven't discovered the right trick yet either! (I don't think I'll do the elmo phone though). :) Incidentally...I've learned to change diapers on a standing boy....but he's been doing this since he was four months old! For stinky diapers...use the tub! Works marvels. Poop can't go anywhere except where you wash it...and giving him a quick rinse at the same time saves wipes. :)

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Yay! You found a solution that works and you don't have to listen to an annoying phone all day long! Glad to hear this ended up being a life-saver! Kayla is a squirmer too and it's a battle changing diapers!

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

hehe It is amazing how mother's come up with the perfect solutions! Kudos!

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Veronica Mitchell said...

Good for you. Whatever works. My first daughter was the same, and I would let her hold one of mama's forbidden paperbacks.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

Wow, it's so good to hear that I'm not the only one with this struggle! Thanks ladies for all your kind comments. :)

At 1:32 AM, Blogger Merle said...

Hi Overwhelmed ~~ Good luck with the
diaper changing. It's a common problem.
I came via Granny and I would like to
congratulate you on adopting your little
boy and wish much happiness for all your family. I have 4 adult children,
2 boys,and 2 girls. Three of them are
adopted and we all love each other and
are one big happy family. Mine are agea
from 44 to 52. Take care, Merle.

At 7:01 AM, Anonymous Sylvie said...

Isn't it crazy how diaper changes are so hard these days! It's such a chore!

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Catch said...

Thats some smart thinkin there Mom!


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