Changing Table

Updated on April 01, 2010
A.F. asks from Bellmore, NY
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Does anyone have advice on what to do to distract a one year old when changing a diaper or dressing her on a changing table? It has become quite frustrating even changing my daughter's diaper. She constantly turns over on her tummy and will cry or protest when I turn her back. Help!

I have given her various toys to hold, her hairbrush (she ends up putting it in her mouth) and I sing songs. Nothing seems to work. Advice please! Thank you.

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answers from Washington DC on

I used to put a sticker on each of my daughter's hands. That distracted her enough for me to change her diaper without her squirming. I found that toys, singing didn't work after a certain age. Try the stickers. My cell phone would work too if I didn't have any stickers, but I prefered the stickers.

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answers from Portland on

You can also use folded scotch tape as a distraction.

When my grandchildren got this wiggly I switched to changing them on the bed or floor. Once they were able to stand I frequently changed them standing up. It does take practice to do this quickly but it sure was easier once I'd figured it out.

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answers from Washington DC on

We have a changing pad that has a strap to help hold the child in place. It works wonderfully!


answers from Albany on

1st baby got changed every single time on the changing table in the nursery, with a bowl of warm water and clean wash cloth and cloth diapers, 3rd baby got changed on any available floor space with baby wipes and pampers!

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