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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.

hawkeye21 Wed 21-Aug-13 10:40:58

It was a bit of a struggle to find one, but I got it online from a company called 2became4. It saved my sanity.

DfanjoUnchained Wed 21-Aug-13 10:14:29

Didnt know they made them with straps! Great idea

hawkeye21 Wed 21-Aug-13 10:08:02

Mine was like that. Distraction or helping techniques didn't work for more than a couple of days, and my firm voice was ignored. It got very stressful for both of us. I ended up getting a changing mat with straps. She actually liked being strapped in, and once the straps were on she was contained and the nappy change was easy.

When she got older we went for the standing up nappy change and that worked well.

DfanjoUnchained Tue 20-Aug-13 16:59:53

Yes, I chucked mine in the bath this morning as I was too tired to deal with the struggling

Fourbears Tue 20-Aug-13 16:56:21

Put him in an empty bath? He can't get far and any spillage is much easier to clean up! I wish I'd thought of this earlier!

Thurlow Tue 20-Aug-13 16:47:57

I am so relieved to hear so many other people did the pinning down too <phew> I hated doing it, but there was a period where no amount of toys or distraction would work, and even holding ankles firmly just ended up with a poo-stained baby hanging upside down... I sat by her feet and put my legs over the top of her arms. She hated it but I think that actually helped her grow out of it, as she soon realised that reading a book or playing with the wipes was more fun than being pinned into place.

Fishandjam Tue 20-Aug-13 16:36:39

YY to a special thing to hold/play with, that they only get at nappy change time. My DD is always delighted to be given a hairbrush, for some reason! I always change on a change unit/cupboard top anyway, as doing it on the floor kills my back. So that might be worth doing, as other posters have said, as there's nowhere to crawl to.

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

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!

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

Do it really quickly.

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)

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)

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

Change them across your lap. Simples.

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

As has been said grin

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.

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

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


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.

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

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!

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

Exactly what maja00 said smile

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.

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

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.

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.

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