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#1 of 16 Old 03-10-2012, 07:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My dd is almost 9 months old. She dislikes being put on her back, and wiggles nonstop whenever I change her diaper or even put clothes on her. In hot weather (where we usually live), it's not as bad-- I just let her go without a shirt. Now we're visiting my parents, it's winter, and putting a few layers on her is such a challenge! She always cries, arches her back, tries to roll over and stand, when I change her diaper. She's been doing this for a couple of months now, but it's gotten worse as of late since she's always wants to be on her feet.

 

What could I do to make diaper changing and wearing clothes more pleasant for her? 


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This sounds like my girl (and my son when he was that age!).  For my son we hung a soft baby mirror on the wall next to the changing area that has dangling, rattling toys attached to it.  It's the only time he got to see that toy, so it was a "treat" for him to get a moment to play with it during changes.  Of course, he was still wiggly and squirmy, but it bought us a few extra seconds ;-)  We'll be doing something similar for my daughter soon, too.  We also made up a silly song with our son's name in it that we'd sing at diaper time.  It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, just something fun and engaging that is saved special for that time.

 

To help out further, can you simplify her wardrobe a little?  Perhaps invest in few easy one-pieces that zip up quickly and don't go over her head (my daughter hates that part!).  We found zippered fleece one-pieces to be the way to go in the winter.  If you can find footed ones, you even get to skip trying to get socks on kicking feet!  Maybe put aside shirts that snap at the crotch for a while, if those are time consuming to put on a wiggler.  Place her on your lap for putting on socks or outer layers?  If you use cloth diapers, do you have the option to swap out some snapping diapers for velcro tabbed diapers?

 

 


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Zippy suits are awesome, both footed and non-footed. I will often hand a rattly toy to the baby I'm trying to diaper as a few-second distraction. Or, in a pinch, get someone else to come hold the baby and talk to her while I fasten the diaper.

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can you change her on the floor? change pee diapers while she's standing up? zipper footie one piece clothes are a great idea, as is putting socks/sweatshirts/sweaters on her while she's playing or sitting on your lap.

 

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i had a similar mirror thing and it worked great then after they got big enough to sit up and grab it i turned to a great trick, i have basket of thing that thy dont usually get to play with but looove to, i hand them one for each change. rinsed out empty shampoo bottles, empty tubes of toothpaste both go over huge! getting to hold a diaper of their own while i put on theirs often works well too.

 

i learned that regular toys did not work nearly as well, the allure of the off limits stuff was the jackpot!


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Thanks mamas for these suggestions! So far, dh has always been around to help me with putting clothes on dd. She always struggles and we have to entertain her while changing. We use cloth diapers but when it's cold out I give up and just use disposables. I am, unfortunately, neither skilled nor quick enough to change her on my lap!

 

Luckily, summer is approaching so we can do with fewer pieces of clothing! She outgrows clothes so quickly I'm trying to avoid buying anything new and making do with what we have... I didn't realize it would be such a challenge just dressing her, lol!


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For changes when you're out & about, get some bubble gum. My babies cooperated for changes if I was blowing/popping bubbles for them :) I also have a little porcelain mouse that I let them hold during changes... obviously not a good toy & they weren't allowed to run around with it, so they were thrilled to get to touch the breakable thing for a few minutes. Just make sure it's not so delicate that she could break it with her hands.


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My daughter hates to be on her back too...she's almost 6 months, so a little younger. We recently just mastered putting on a tshirt while sitting up so that helps. Also, me figuring out what kinds of clothes I like to put her in. Shirts (not onesies) and stretchy pants or leg warmers with socks work really well for us. I've found that minimizing snaps and buttons helps a lot because I can dress her faster with a minimum of fuss. Legwarmers are great because you don't have to take them off for diaper changes. And I found some REALLY cute ones :)


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I love leg warmers for my dd too!

I'm still terrible with pants though. Thank goodness it's getting warm enough out that we can do without pants and sweaters.


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My daughter hates to be on her back too...she's almost 6 months, so a little younger. We recently just mastered putting on a tshirt while sitting up so that helps. Also, me figuring out what kinds of clothes I like to put her in. Shirts (not onesies) and stretchy pants or leg warmers with socks work really well for us. I've found that minimizing snaps and buttons helps a lot because I can dress her faster with a minimum of fuss. Legwarmers are great because you don't have to take them off for diaper changes. And I found some REALLY cute ones :)


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I hear you... We had such a lovely warm day today here and I just took off Little's socks so she couldn't rip them off and fling them away on our walk whistling.gif


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lol, my dd always pulled off her socks and hats! 


 

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She hasn't figured out pulling off hats yet, but I can feel it coming. Little monkey loves to go to work on her socks though. Pulls them off, chews on them, and then tosses them when they're all soggy!


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Isabel, is there any way you can simplify the process? I know for us, it was a matter of making it as easy-peasy and simple as possible. There are a lot of little girl clothes that are ADORABLE, but not all of them are comfy. Like I was saying, I went with stretchy, simple, no buttons or snaps, no onesies, no little suits that need to be snapped up the legs. The faster I can make diaper changes, and the easier I can make clothes changes, the happier Little is...


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I change her on the floor or bed, and use whatever toys or things lying around that would distract her for a few seconds! So glad I didn't get a changing table now...

 

 

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can you change her on the floor? change pee diapers while she's standing up? zipper footie one piece clothes are a great idea, as is putting socks/sweatshirts/sweaters on her while she's playing or sitting on your lap.

 

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Totally agree with this! I didn't think of this before. Now when I shop for clothes for dd, I look first for clothing that would be easy to put on and take off. Simple shorts with elastic bands and pull-on tops (making sure the head and sleeves can be put on easily). 

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Isabel, is there any way you can simplify the process? I know for us, it was a matter of making it as easy-peasy and simple as possible. There are a lot of little girl clothes that are ADORABLE, but not all of them are comfy. Like I was saying, I went with stretchy, simple, no buttons or snaps, no onesies, no little suits that need to be snapped up the legs. The faster I can make diaper changes, and the easier I can make clothes changes, the happier Little is...

 

 


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