Why Won’t My Child Hold Still During Diaper Changes?


A father walked out of his son’s bedroom shaking his head. “I don’t believe it. He only weighs twenty pounds and I still can’t get him to hold still for a diaper change.” Getting a child diapered and dressed requires an astonishing quantity of skill and patience, even though the job is a short one. Toddlers, that are usually in constant motion, squirm and resist diaper changes. They’re worked up about their world, their interests change constantly, and they would like to move and explore. Because they’ve a hard time postponing some of their urges, even for an instant, they do not like to lie still.

Distraction can occasionally make diapering a little easier. Put some toys or interesting playthings and objects nearby, and keep handing them to your child. This can occupy him during a quick change. In addition you can try singing to him or making interesting noises, but you may still need to restrain him a bit until you get him changed. You’ll naturally feel frustrated as he resists and struggles, but keep in mind that your toddler has a strong drive to assert himself and explore and that’s why he won’t hold still.

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