By Jodie Lynn
My 18-month-old toddler is driving me nuts with being all over the place when his diaper needs to be changed. It seems trivial but there has to be a way to keep him still so we can get done quicker. What am I missing?
ANSWER FROM READER:
I have an area in the living room that has a box of my 19-month-old daughter's favorite toys. She will normally play with at least one of the toys while I change her diaper. From time to time, she will get bored with the same ones so I try to change them up every two to three months. The key is to find one that fits easily into her hands so she can actually grasp, look at and play with it instead of constantly dropping it. The ones that seem to entertain her best are the three that play music, which happen to have buttons that she can push on her own. By the two of us singing together, she is entertained and I can get that diaper off and a new one on quickly. Try it with your son and see if it makes a difference. - Bree Patterson in Salt Lake City, Utah
If your 18-month-old toddler is moving around pretty well, as many are at this age, he is probably quite active. Having to be perfectly still for more than a couple of minutes isn't in his nature at this time. To make diaper changing go more quickly, organize things prior to the actual process. For example, buy a few interesting toys that are age-appropriate and place them into a container or box. Keep it out of sight. Pick out a specific spot for diaper changing, maybe an area on the floor, and have everything you need located in the same vicinity. Grab a toy from the special box and head for the diaper changing spot. While you are talking to him about changing his diaper, his attention will also be focused on the new toy, thus distracting him from wanting to wiggle and try to get away. After the job is done, allow him to play with the toy as long as he wants. Once he moves on to a different one, put the original toy back into the box and put the container away and out of sight. Do not let him know where it is kept. This will keep him interested in the diaper changing process mainly because he will learn that these special toys suddenly appear and it will eventually become more of a welcome event than a war.
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