Posted in Behavior, Diapering, Babies

Diaper changes?!

My son acts like the world is ending EVERY TIME we change his diaper. He throws himself around the bed then starts crawling away and kicking and crying and screaming and when I say screaming I mean SCREAMING! We hear him all the way outside because of how loud he screams. I have tried everything I know to try and figure this out but I can’t and need help!

  • Cathy
    May 15

    You’re not alone. It sort of comes with the territory. Try to distract as much as you can - give him something to hold, book, toy, a cracker, sing a song. There’s really not much else to do except just do it as fast as you can!

  • Raji
    May 15

    My daughter went through this and sometimes still screams. What helped her was a small pillow for her head. We made a big deal at diaper changes “oh look, let’s go lie down on the pillow” it would distract her enough for a change. Also, had a mobile hanging above.

  • Laura
    May 15

    Thankfully this is a phase that does end at some point (I forget when)

  • anonymous mom
    May 15

    My daughter is 20 months and has just stopped this but only because we are potty training and she isn’t lying down for diaper changes as much anymore. I think it’s normal as they get older...

  • PK
    May 15

    During that time I would give my son “forbidden” objects. Tv remote, non toy items, hair clips... something that he doesn’t see regularly or something that I don’t normally let him play with. Some times singing helps too.

  • Erin
    May 25

    I had this with my 2 yo boy. when it was really bad I would just have to wait it out with empathetic commiserating lines “ I know this is terrible” — eventually I turned it into a funny voices / silly mommy game - ie:- where does the diaper go? On your feet? No? On your elbow? No? Where? — this get giggles and lightens it up. It was a tip from “how to talk so kids will listen” book. good luck!!

  • Anonymous
    Jun 07

    We have had this 70% of the time with my son since he was a newborn. He’s 18 months now and I’m considering potty training him. He can ask for water/ food etc I figure he can recognise needing to go. He actually starts running away (literally) when he sees that I’ve smelled his poop parcel !!! 🤣🤣😫😫😫

  • Anonymous
    Jun 07

    Oh And rather than speeding and distractions, which is my partner’s strategy, I slow everything down, cuddle and kiss and talk slowly and smoothly (like an intriguing or bedtime story). Kiss and cuddle and play with him. I’ve also just pinned him down kicking and screaming. Depends how much time I’ve got available!

  • Erika
    Jun 07

    🤣🤣🤣 I’ve tried and the only thing that seems to work is pining him down