It’s almost as soon as your child discovers the joy of their legs that nappy changing time can become a huge and upsetting struggle. Changing a nappy can be so difficult and some children just seem to simply not like their nappy changed. As a parent who has experienced this, I have a few tips to surviving the nappy change wriggles.
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Possum has always been the type of child who, from a very young age, had much better things to do than getting her nappy changed. Rolling, twisting and squirming during nappy changing time were all too familiar sights to me as a parent. It got to the point where I was absolutely dreading changing her nappy because I knew it was going to be a challenge that I’d have to eventually win but no really feel so great about the battle that got me there.
Tips for surviving the nappy change wriggles
Over time I feel I became good at knowing what helped and hindered the challenge. Obviously all children are different, however, I’d love to share with you a few of my own tips that have helped me get through the nappy changing wriggles.
Provide a distraction
You might have read a recent post I wrote describing how I organised my baby change table. As you may well know, it’s basically full of safe little toys and random objects that would provide enough entertainment for me to complete a nappy change.
Give a time frame
Giving children pre-warning can be very helpful. Saying something like, “I’ll be changing your nappy in 1 minute” gives the child a good understanding of what they can expect to happen and (hopefully) be more compliant.
Make it fun!
Playing music or introducing them to cute characters, such as Baby Bud, can be relatable to your child and make this time less stressful. It’s always easier to do something when you’re not feeling you’re the only one doing it. Check out this adorable video.
Encourage child participation
You might also like getting your child involved in the changing process. Ask them to pull out a wipe or choose which nappy they’d like to wear are great little ways to get them involved.
Create something for them to look forward to
Children will be much more enthusiastic to have a nappy change if they have something to look forward to afterwards. Saying, “Once you’ve had your nappy changed you can ______” creates anticipation and excitement and the task of a nappy change doesn’t seem as such a big deal.
BabyLove Nappy Pants – awesome and not just for toilet training!
I’ve honestly always been a massive fan of BabyLove nappies. With Possum’s sensitive skin she always developed a rash with the other competitive brands so we’ve stuck with BabyLove brand from her birth and not looked back. When BabyLove asked me to review their nappy pants, I was more than happy to as I already loved the products and couldn’t wait to share how they have helped me with the nappy time wriggles.
Despite what people often think, BabyLove Nappy Pants are not just for children who are starting to toilet train, if your child can stand then these are what you need to make nappy changing time so much easier.
The super stretchy waist means that these nappies are really easy to get onto an escaping little one and offer the comfort and leakage protection of a regular nappy. I’ve found them to be particularly helpful during those moments when your little one falls asleep unexpectedly in the car, as you don’t have to worry that their nappy won’t provide them with the leakage protection they need.
This gorgeous soft toy is one of Possum’s favourites. His name is ‘Woofy’ and he is demonstrating to you how these BabyLove nappy pants have easy & clean removal sides that you can simply tear. This makes cleaning up a little (or big) mess quick to deal with.
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