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If I could do EC I think now would be the time that I am going to be thinking of it.<br><br>
DD and I have been havnig a horrible time with the diaper changes recently. Each change involves much screaming and fussing... she is to busy to stop for a change and I feel like to her it is a control issue as well. She hates the lack of control she has when she is on her back.<br><br>
I've tried singing songs, giving toys switching out for her favorite toys only giving her those when we change diapers.<br><br>
If it is a wet, it isn't as bad because I can do it standing up with her holding onto the side of the cage...er crib. Poop diapers are not possible to do standing up for obvious reasons.<br><br>
What do you do to keep yourself sane? I have come close to loosing my cool and a couple of times I have <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: I have to clean the carpet in her room because it has been peed on several times because if she gets too upset, I'll just let her play naked. I made a big drop sheet, but now that she is mobile...well what fun is staying on the sheet!?
 

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We EC, but DS has to be diapered at daycare- when I put a dipe on there it's a struggle to say the least (prefold), some days are better than others, but I find you need to find a REALLY GOOD distraction or just hope DC is in a mellow/passive mood, otherwise it ain't pretty....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: diapers<br><br>
I say ditch the dipes and give EC an honest go!
 

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I just had to respond when I saw that Kayleigh is one day younger than my daughter, Ajika!<br><br>
Mobile babies and diaper changes don't mix for us either! I was definitely feeling pretty discouraged a couple of weeks ago and even though it's still tough some times, here's what has helped for us:<br><br>
Naked baby playtime is pretty great - are all of your floors carpeted? What about playing in the kitchen with no pants?<br><br><br>
Distraction. When I really need to clean Ajika, after a floor- or diaper-pee or poop, I give her something neat to play with that isn't one of her normal toys. When people give her plastic toys that I hate, we use them for this purpose. I say "Ajika, will you please hold this plastic dog (or whatever) for me?" I realize that you said that favorite toys weren't working so well, but I think that these "forbidden" things can sometimes do the trick. Sometimes I'll give her dad's toothbrush or something else safe but usually strictly adult. In public bathrooms I give her a paper towel.<br><br><br>
Cleaning position/technique. I think that the lying down changes are just way too hard. I basically only change her lying down when she's asleep. What I do instead is take her to the bathroom sink, take off her pants and diaper, hold her in a squat with her back leaning against my chest, and then take both ankles in one hand and use the other to rinse her off.<br><br>
It sounds complicated, but it's really easy. Also, I think she gets much cleaner this way. (You can even hold her in the squat for a few minutes over the sink, if you are interested in trying EC. It's never too late to start - we love it but are going through a mobility related "strike," hence all the diaper changes!)<br><br>
Putting the new diaper on takes a little practice, but usually I put one foot up on something (like the edge of the tub), put the new diaper on the top of my thigh, sit her on it and then fasten accordingly. I think the key is that she is vertical the whole time and I am using my arms to hold her, not try to keep her flat on a changing surface.<br><br><br>
I really look forward to reading other responses so that I can get some more ideas too. I hope that you find something that works!
 

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We are going through the same thing.<br>
We don't really let him play with electronic toys...except diaper changes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Or I save the 'forbidden' items for then...like my wallet, the remote, a flashlight. Anything that will interest him for 30 seconds.<br><br>
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Yep, distraction was pretty much all that worked for us. The not-lying-down is a neat idea - the lying down is what bugs her. We have some favorite toys, as well as just general games (she thinks it's great when I put my head down on her chest, or play the "far-away/close-up" game.
 

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Well I'm sorta glad I'm not the only one.<br><br>
Newmoonmommy, that sounds like a really interesting idea about chainging her over the sink. I might have to try that.
 

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I've switched to pockets for this very reason. I can put them on when DS is in the crawling position. Can't do that with a pf (I'm just not coordinated enough!)
 
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