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Tips for changing a pooey nappy when DS starts rolling over and crawling away...

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BotBotticelli Tue 20-Aug-13 13:21:51

....with his pooey bottom threatening to smear it all over the house?!

DS is nearly 9mo and has just started commando crawling. Changing his nappy now is a nightmare, and he will NOT stay on his back. Just rolls over and starts trying to crawl away if we are on the floor. Or rolls over and starts messing with all the creams and nicknacks on the dresser if we use the changing table.

he ends up smearing poo everywhere and I am at my wits end! Dreading having to change him out and about....not sure what will happen if he does this in the shopping centre's changing area :-S

Please someone tell me there's a foolproof way of getting your LO to stay still for a nappy change? It sounds funny, but I nearly lost my rag with DS earlier on the third poo change of the day sad Don't want to shout at hime but it's SO frustrating.

BotBotticelli Tue 20-Aug-13 13:23:43

ps - I tried saying "No DS, we do NOT roll over when mummy is changing your nappy" in a stern voice, but he (a) obviously doesn't understand as he is 9mo and (b) he actually chuckled and then rolled over again! Obviously finds my stern voice amusing which bodes well for the toddler years

MiaSparrow Tue 20-Aug-13 13:30:04

One word: iPhone

RooRooTaToot Tue 20-Aug-13 13:33:14

Have you tried giving him a toy to hold, or the packet of wipes? This works about 60% of the time with DS. For an extra 10% singing as well helps.

brightonbythesea Tue 20-Aug-13 13:37:03

pack of baby wipes. My DD is 9.5 months and if I say 'wait' in a firm voice she will actually keep on her back. I do have to keep repeating it during the nappy change

JollyHappyGiant Tue 20-Aug-13 13:40:04

I have changed DS on my knee since he learned to roll.

BeenieBaby Tue 20-Aug-13 13:41:00

I pin them down! One thigh over DS (and now dd) has been most effective!

MrsCakesPremonition Tue 20-Aug-13 13:47:02

Grab his ankles with one hand and keep them lifted in the air until you've completed the removal and cleansing phases of the operation.

Arkady Tue 20-Aug-13 13:47:10

Mine would stand still much longer than they would lie still at that age, so I changed them standing up (possibly next to a chair with a toy on it to distract them).
I haven't done a lying down nappy change since they could stand. And mine have medical issues so poo many times a day.

BotBotticelli Tue 20-Aug-13 13:52:57

Thanks for the ideas ladies - I have indeed tried the 'help mummy by holding these wipes/nappy bags/this nappy etc etc but the novelty seems to have worn off now he can crawl away!

Might have to try the pinning to the floor with my thigh technique!

Unfortunately he cannot stand yet, but when he gets the hang of this in a few months i will give it a try

maja00 Tue 20-Aug-13 13:57:12

I sit on the floor with mat and baby between my legs and put a foot on each of their shoulders and do it quickly.

SoupDragon Tue 20-Aug-13 13:58:23

Exactly what maja00 said smile

nonstopholiday Tue 20-Aug-13 14:01:35

I sit on the floor too, but at right angles to the child, about at waist level.

put one leg firmly over their bodies, just above the waist - double bonus of them not being able to reach to fiddle about in pooey nappies!

all 3 of mine have been roll-and-crawl babies - looking forward to the end of it all now!

boydonewrongagain Tue 20-Aug-13 14:01:37

Distractions like iPhone or cbeebies and speed speed speed!

I used to do my dc standing as soon as he could stand up but he quickly got bored or that too and tried running away.

Another thing that really helped me was pull up pants put ds in them as soo as he started wriggling. So quick to get off and on

JassyRadlett Tue 20-Aug-13 14:03:19

Between 8 and 16 months I just didn't change his nappy on the floor, only on the changing table as my DS did exactly the same.

Changing table (on top on chest of drawers) was completely different and he lay there quite happily as there was nowhere to go.

DfanjoUnchained Tue 20-Aug-13 14:40:03


MummyWeatherwax Tue 20-Aug-13 14:44:29

The thigh technique is the way forward! Especially combined with speed. I've never had to clean poo off the wall when DD wiped her bum on it, oh no

gamerchick Tue 20-Aug-13 14:45:58

I used to lie them on the mat and put a foot on each shoulder. Worked pretty good.

gamerchick Tue 20-Aug-13 14:47:01

As has been said grin

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 20-Aug-13 14:48:54

Change them across your lap. Simples.

fedupofpoo Tue 20-Aug-13 15:02:12

Sit him on the toilet on a toddler seat and wash him down with water.did it with all of mine wince they could sit(around 5m)

fedupofpoo Tue 20-Aug-13 15:03:39

Sit him on the toilet on a toddler seat and wash him down with water.did it with all of mine wince they could sit(around 5m)

valiumredhead Tue 20-Aug-13 15:40:27

Do it really quickly.

MiaowTheCat Tue 20-Aug-13 16:29:08

Throw the trousers you've just removed at them- they'll wrestle those for a few seconds and you can get on with it.

Dd1 now will lie there looking at a board book very chilled!

DorasMummy Tue 20-Aug-13 16:35:15

Give him a different book or toy to hold each time so there's an element of novelty, if he's already bored with the wipes trick. Other than that hold ankles in the air through the whole operation, or pin him down (can't quite work out the thigh manoeuvre though!)

Those who've changed babies on their lap can't have had the wriggler I've got - she'd just have twisted and rolled on my lap smearing poo all over me! No idea how that one is an improvement grin

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