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Old 04-13-2009, 01:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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DS (12 months) throws an absolute fit during diaper changes. I know it's normal, I know that giving him a toy/object to focus on helps some. But it's making me crazy and I keep avoiding diaper changes and he's going longer and longer between them and that's just not good parenting/hygiene :-)

I think doing a style of diaper I can get on while he's standing or sitting or leaning would help - that's what I manage to do when getting him dressed (picture a mama chasing her half-dressed 1y/o).

Anyway, he's fine standing up while I take off his pants and diaper (pf and cover), he happily sits on the potty and reads, and then all hell breaks loose while we try to get a new pf and cover on him.

I was hoping to wait until he was 30 lbs to get training pants of some sort because that's the lower limit for a lot of what I've seen, so it would last longer. So maybe there's something else I can do for the next 5-6lbs (he's about 24.5lbs now)? We don't really EC or potty learn yet - he goes on the potty at diaper changes and I plan to let him run around naked outside this summer so I can get a sense of his cues and when he generally pees (our house is almost all carpetted, so naked time in the house doesn't work well since he won't stay in one place). I wish I had known about EC when he was brand new...or at least immobile...

Anyway, I've seen prefold belts at the EC store (I'm cool letting him run around without a cover, or getting some inexpensive pull-on covers to go under pants), so that might be another option....though I'm still not sure I could get it on him standing up? I've seen a couple pull-on style diapers that also have snaps so I could get them off easily if they're poopy (we're getting better at catching poops on the potty, but he doesn't always really grunt or anything...), but again, the current size goes up to 35lbs (I have no idea if he'll be ready for underwear by then) and the next one starts at 30 (and DS is a runnin' 12m/o, so he's pretty slim and I don't think the 30lb ones would fit him well yet).

I guess I'm looking for recommendations of either other diapering products or some way to modify our use of our current stuff at a low cost....or some other tips on managing diaper changes. He's flailing and I feel like I'm in a wrestling match. I have a couple times literally had to use my leg to (sort of gently) pin him down so I could get a dang diaper on him. It's not cool, and not the way I want to treat my child.

If this should be on a different topic board, let me know. I could very well be barking up the wrong tree in terms of thinking a different diaper type would be all that helpful :-) Perhaps it's a behavior issue (on my part or his) that needs to be addressed, or perhaps I need to go ahead with a more potty learning type of approach. I don't know, but I can't keep feeling like I'm physically fighting my child every 2-4 hours....

Also, I'm a somewhat dry-humored/sarcastic/self-deprecating/goofy/cheesy poster. I'm probably not nearly as desperate or exasperated as I sound (well, maybe...). I am new-ish to MDC and keep getting comments with a tone I either don't understand or isn't fitting to my own. Please forgive! I'm actually very level-headed, just trying to find humor in these diaper changes. Potty humor, I suppose. :

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Old 04-13-2009, 01:36 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I also keep forgetting to subscribe to threads when I want to and haven't figured out how the heck to find threads I started or replied to otherwise. So....don't mind me...just subscribing now...

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What type of covers do you have? You could tri-fold the prefolds and place them in the cover...then they are ready to go (more like an AIO) and you can probably get them on him standing up, or at least more quickly! I could get this combo on my 2 year old while she was standing.

GAD (green acre designs) and motherease both have pockets or aio's that are pretty easy to pull on.

good luck finding a solution! I've always just made my kids hold still, but that is sometimes much easier said than done (and I still had to be fast, you can only expect a newly mobile little one to stay still for a few moments!)

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This is when we started doing changes on the floor/bed or standing instead of on the changing table.

I swear to you, at one point I had to sort of sit on my son backwards in order to change a poopy diaper! Of course I didn't put my weight on him but I had to pin him down with my butt and get the poop off of him because he just simply refused for so long. This is a pretty short lived phase though.

Maybe you could do some sort of pull up style instead...do they have something like that. Like an AIO that is already to just step in and pull up.
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I don't really have any helpful advice, except to say that my toddler went through a stage where he hated changes, but now is very cooperative, so maybe it will pass!
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We EC'd DD and she was tiny.

But we got the smallest of the Mother of Eden Training pants and just added some inserts to make it more absorbant. So then it was easy to pull on and off while she was standing.

Maybe something like that could help?

http://www.fuzzibunzstore.com/Trickl...Eden-p-32.html

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Have you tried getting a aio that is a cute print he will like. Let him pick out the diaper he wants to wear. And have the closure aplix so you can hook it fast. Chunky Monky has custom diapers and you pick the print.
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I talked to DH last night, and I think we're going to go ahead and try out some training pants. It'll encourage us to potty DS more often, and we'd use them eventually anyway. So who knows- maybe we'll end up finishing potty learning faster out of it.

There are some nice-looking water-proof EC pants at the EC store -- does anyone have other recommendations? We're looking for something that pulls on, but that can be unsnapped on both sides if needed. We'll put him in pfs when we're out or won't be able to do potty frequently enough, and keep doing pockets at night. So it doesn't have to be super absorbent - one pee's worth of absorbency should be ok.

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I'm going to try small training pants from Blueberry. My son wears the mediums overnight and they work GREAT!

While my daughter is wiggly--a toy keeps her occupied for a short time. But she pulls off her diaper, so I'm going to try a trainer.
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