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Home >  Information A-ZAll Kids Information Articles Changing Diapers When Baby is Rolling Away

Changing Diapers When Baby is Rolling Away:

You have gotten used to giving your baby diaper changes by the time they are a week old or less. It is just a normal part of everyday life, and you do it many times a day. This means that, for most parents, they get very fast at changing a diaper very soon. Soon, it becomes a fluid movement, you can do it when your baby is crying, laughing, you can change them on a changing table, a bed, it doesn't matter. If you do something often enough (and you will do this with diaper changes) you will get very fast at it in any conditions.

The problem comes in, though, when your baby begins rolling well. Every time you try to change your baby's diaper, they will try to roll away from you. Some babies will begin to hate having their diaper changed, and some will just enjoy the trying to get away part. It may not be that they mind diaper changes at all, simply that they mind laying still long enough for you to actually change it.

When your baby starts trying to roll away from you during diaper changes, it's not that big of a deal, unless you are in a hurry or are changing a dirty diaper. When necessary, there are a few tricks you can try to distract your baby, which may make them stay still long enough for the short period of time that you need to change a diaper:

• Hanging toys—there are several ways you can do this, and this is one of the best methods of keeping baby to be still. You can do this by changing them under a musical mobile or another type of toy hanging above them. Almost any toy will work for a while, and this is especially true if the toy makes noise or lights up. One way to keep this fresh is to switch it to a different type of toy every couple of days. Another type of hanging toy that is good is the kind that your baby can try to hit. Again, these work best if they light up and play music, especially if they only do this when your baby hits them.

• Parent distractions—this can be simple things like talking to your baby or singing them a song. When those don't seem to be working any more, you can make funny noises or funny faces at them. You have to be careful with this one, though, because some babies will mistake a funny face for a scary one. Any time your funny face makes your baby cry, you may want to stop trying that method of distraction.

• Pictures—you can strategically place colorful pictures near where you most often change your baby's diaper. These can be placed behind you, where they can look directly at the picture while they are being changed or above them where they have to look upward. Another way of doing this is to put posters on the ceiling above the changing area. Similar to the hanging toys, though, your baby will tire of it after a while and you may want to replace it with a new one.

• Diaper time toy—another way to distract your baby with toys is to have a specific toy that they only get to play with during diaper changes. For this to work, the toy will obviously need to be something your baby loves. You can set the toy near the baby's changing place, so that when you lay your baby down for a diaper change, they can reach over and grab the toy. This may not work for long, and they may end up grabbing the toy and them trying to crawl away, but it may temporarily distract them.

Whatever you decide to use to distract your baby, you will most likely want to change it up often. Babies tire of the same old thing rather quickly, so doing this might make distractions work longer. Luckily, by this time, you have gotten so quick at changing baby's diaper, you don’t have to distract them for very long to get the job done.

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