I thought those first few nappy changes with a newborn were a bit challenging – those curled up little legs and all those creases and trying to get that sticky meconium off without getting it absolutely everywhere. Once those little ones start becoming mobile though, those nappy changes take on a whole new level of challenging:
- The first hurdle is having to actually catch them in the first place as they suddenly develop superhuman speed and start crawling away from you.
- Once caught, the next challenge is getting them to lie down on the changing mat, holding them down with one hand whilst you remove clothing and undo the dirty nappy with the other, whilst they struggle to free themselves throughout this process.
- Often they sense your distraction as you grab the clean nappy and a wipe and suddenly they’re off and there’s a bare bottom disappearing into the distance.
- Toys can provide a good distraction to try and help keep them still (ish!) whilst you change their nappy as quickly as possible (and stop them trying to use the toy to help you wipe!)
- Then comes the fun part of trying to put the clean nappy on and whilst simultaneously stopping the baby from grabbing the dirty nappy/wipes/dunking toy in dirty nappy/crawling away/all of these at once.
- Those little poppers are great but trying to do them up with a little one trying to kick your hand away is a challenge.
- Trousers or tights – just as you get one leg in and start on the other, the baby manages to wriggle their leg out of the first one leaving you back to square one.
- Finally! The nappy is changed, baby is dressed and off again meanwhile you feel like you’ve been through a wrestling match which you only just managed to win because despite your opponent being considerably smaller and lighter, their wrestling skill is infinitely superior to yours.
- If you have another child, it becomes even more fun as inevitably they come over to inspect the procedure (especially with toddlers) and ‘help’. The more pooey the nappy, the more they will want to help so you also find yourself trying to stop your other child putting their hands in it too.
- Stopping Sophie from escaping
- Holding her legs in the air
- Distracting her with a toy
- Stopping her ‘helping’ with said toy
- Stopping Jessica from ‘helping’
No wonder it’s such a challenge! I quite like the public changing stations where you can strap the baby to the table – makes it a little easier!
Any other mums have any magic tips for making nappy changes with older babies a little more smooth sailing?