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Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

My five-month-old is really into arching his back while I'm changing him -- I mean, he's about to flip off the changing table, and distracting him doesn't always work. What should I do?

Re: My five-month-old is really into arching his back while I'm changing him -- I mean, he's about to flip off the changing table, and distracting him doesn't always work. What should I do?

The Bump Expert

The changing table is a difficult situation for many mothers -- you're trying to keep baby safe, but he keeps wiggling away. At five months, baby can't understand the concept of safety... or even a dirty diaper! Most likely, baby was happily playing somewhere when he was scooped up for the diaper change, which understandably led him to be startled and upset. At this age, it helps to explain to him what you are doing before you change the diaper in order to introduce the transition, even though he may not fully comprehend what you are saying until many months later. This diaper change struggle can continue well into toddlerhood, so it's helpful to start a routine of verbalizing what's going on right now. Once he can understand you, it'll be easier for him to settle down during diaper time.

To prepare him for what is going to happen next, you can say, "I know you are enjoying playtime, but Mommy needs to change your diaper now." While you're changing him, offer various distractions like a mirror to look at, keys to hold or a picture to focus on -- as you've seen, it can be very hard for young babies to sit still for a diaper change, but distractions are helpful.

Tammy Gold

re: Q: Squirmy on diaper table?

Lately I've been changing her on the floor. She tries to sit and crawl on the table. It's so scary!

tiff16 |

re: Q: Squirmy on diaper table?

Arching the back usually means they are trying to pass gas... is that what ends up happening? Maybe giving him some time up there with diaper on to wiggle around and get it out before attempting a change. Maybe he's just associating being up there with the release that comes from when his diaper isn't on. My son loves being on the changing table b/c he realizes this is when he's most free so he loves to play around up there too. I just give him some time and attention to do what he wants before focusing on the task at hand. More time involved but it seems to make him happy!

cherokee6 |

re: Q: Squirmy on diaper table?

I think it's time to move to the floor. Once they get to the back arching stage it's easier and less stressful if you just get down on the floor and when out and about I always used my stroller, reclined back rather than public restroom (high up!) changing tables.

Calm Baby RN |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

When my daughter was six months old, I moved her change pad to the floor. After I had seen my paediatrician, she told me she sees about six babies a month with a broken collar bone from a fall from the change table. It's better to be safe than sorry.

sasikasi |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Two suggestions - we used the foot of a twin bed (older brother's) as a changing table. That was nice because the bed already had rails (to keep the toddler in at night) and was easier to reach than a high table or crouching on the floor (bad for Mommy's knees!) Also, we never used our mobile in the crib since you pretty much have to remove it just when baby starts taking an interest. Instead, we put it above the "changing table", just where he could touch it with is fingertips. That helped a little with the distraction effort, and since he was never unattended while there, I didn't have to worry about strangulation hazards, and got longer use out of my mobile that I otherwise would have

kimmerkc |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

My little girl did the same thing....I just held her down best I could to change the diaper. It get's better as time goes on, all they want to do is move at that age since it's a new thing. I still use the changing table or my bed with a pee pad to this day and my daughter is now 2yrs. Im trying to potty train her so Im hoping the diaper thing will end soon....Good Luck on what you decide.

msjune66 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I agree with moving to the floor. My 7 week old moves around a lot in his changing table. We have been using one that comes with the Graco Pack N Play so it's a little deeper then a regular changing pad. He kicks and twists and tries to roll over, it makes it difficult to change his diaper. I remember babysitting my cousin one summer and having to lay him on the floor, sit down and put my feet on his chest and change him so he wouldn't run away. Sometimes you have to get creative!

ash138 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

We change diapers on the floor so I don't have to worry about her getting hurt. I let her hold the clean diaper until I need it and it keeps her mind off getting her diaper changed.

herbie727 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I like to give my LO who's 13 months something to hold, she does much better if her mind is occupied on something other than what I am doing. She also likes to play peek a boo, or for me to sing her favorite song!

snowflakami76 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I too try to distract my little man from wiggling with a to or someting to hold. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. And for me he swirms were ever I change his diaper the bed, changing table or the floor. I just try to move fast when doing it.

aldahms |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

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Twopeasinapod36 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Honestly I never used my changing table because my daughter was too squirmy. I just change her on the floor and shes just fine...She'll be 11 months here in like a week :) I've saved numerous almost falls from not happening because I change her on the floor :)

amanda_brewer09 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I found a changing pad that came with a buckle-belt to use and it worked for a while but Bobby learned to turned over (instead of trying to flip/wiggle off) so now I'm back to square one... probably the only solution is either the floor with a tight grip so they can't get away or distraction toys that they only see when changing them.

crazyangel356 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I change her on the floor using a pee pad or I use a waterproof thing with raised sides so she can't fall off but it's on the floor so she doesn't hurt herself.

Dannyswifey10 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Be prepared. Make sure you have everything together before you place baby on the changing table. This allows you to work quickly. Never take a hand off baby. I use my left hand to hold both feet firmly and lift bum up to slide diaper with right hand. Left hand rests on tummy while securing tabs. I am quite quick and give baby little time to squirm. They seem to fight less in the one handed feet hold. Normally baby feet have to be on the mat to arch back. I agree that on the floor is more practical (annd safe!) for older babies.

SweetBride2b05 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I usually give him a toy and give him a chance to wiggle a bit before I start. Then while I change him (as quickly as possible) I sing a favorite song or play a game. I find that if I let him explore up there for a few seconds before we start, the curiosity of what's up there is curbed a little. It can be really hard when he's determined though, and I just always try to be quick and careful not to let him squirm away.

rockylover |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I don't use a diaper table, and my baby does the same.

Wkattb79 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I've been telling my 6 mth old from day one, I'm changing your diaper, I just started signing change diaper too. She doesn't squirm unless she's hungry. I usually change her after she's had something to eat. I also put her up there when I'm not changing her and don't change arrangement, no new stuff. A mirror works great for distraction.

sofabass |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I just spoke with my son's pediatrician about this. He is 9 months old and impossible to change. She says that I need to hold him down the best I can. She says that he'll fight it at first but eventually learn that he needs to stay still during changing.

bkuzman86 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I give my daughter a little toy to play with and I make different sounds to make her chuckle while I am changing her.

Kristie37 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

My boy did/does the same thing. After I've got any 'dirt' removed from his bum, I LET him wiggle. He rolls over, sits up, tries to stand, I just watchfully, carefully let him get it out of his system. Then he's ready for a new diaper, and so proud of all the wiggling he did. It's very cute. For the record, I NEVER leave his side, and nor should you! :)

nodzak |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

My son does it too. I let him either hold the clean diaper i'm about to put on him or i give him a toy to play with through the changing process. Just be careful - the toy could end up being thrown into the messy diaper! :)

legsfordays24 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

My son does the same thing! I find the only thing that works is a rattle or teether or something that will occupy him and maybe a song or 2!

travsmom13 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Well, I've been thinking about tearing down her changing table, she's 4 months old, and daddy just can't seem to grasp in his mind that she's bound to roll over any time soon, and I've caught him a couple of times just randomly leaving the changing table to go turn on a light or turn the fan off, leaving her there alone for more than 2 seconds. I am at my short end, because this is the third time he's done that, so I'm just going to get rid of it...tonight...while he's gone. It's too dangerous, and she just rolled over today all by herself, so I bid adeu to standing and changing, now it's mommy's knees that are going to start feeling it. grrr. it makes me so mad. any of you parents out there, it's too dangerous, please don't leave your babies on the changing tables, even for a minor second, they move too much, even newborns.

paige511 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I rarely changed my son on the changing table - he was a big wiggly and I was afraid that he would fall off of it. I just moved to changing him on his changing pad on the floor. That way if he moved around there was nothing he could hurt himself with. He is now 8 months old and he loves to wiggle even more :) Mommy just tickles him and tells him it'll only take a minute or so. He ends up laughing and waiting until I'm finished. :) I hope it gets beter for you! :) I am not pregnant with my second child ( it was a suprise - actually found out yesterday! ) But I will figure it out! HA I know that with my new baby I will just use the changing pad on the floor as its much easier.

Heavenly5243 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I have been dealing with the same thing. I have resorted to just changing her on the floor on a blanket.

cloverhrt |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I have that problem too, except just recently my 6 month old little man has started to "check himself out" with his hands. Not a big deal when he's just wet, but if it's a messy one, EWWWW!!!! I need to be more diligent about getting him a toy before the diaper goes off. But as far as falling off, I just make sure I'm leaning against the changing table, so I make a bit of a wall...harder to fall off that way! soon he'll be old enough for hand swats so I can train him better on "no squirm", but not yet! I'm just relying on tone of voice for now.

LizzieAnnCSU |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Like others who have replied, I would stop using the table. I never had one because I considered it a waste of money. I have always changed on the couch or floor and have never seen any reason not to. It actually seems easier to me. A portable changing pad is helpful to keep your furniture or carpet from getting peed on. I use the one that came with my diaper bag. I don't agree with the bump expert on this one. I don't remember my 5 month old being close to comprehending anything I said and usually squirmed during changes because she simply didn't like being changed. To be safe I would dump the table and get in the floor. It's not worth the risk of having an injured baby.

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Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

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Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I'm more of a fan of giving the baby a toy to hold during changing time - especially if baby is a little boy. That way, he stays (relatively) still, and it serves the dual purpose of preventing him from playing with his "wee-wee" while the diaper is off. And of course, stay right next to him the whole time - but that should go without saying!

rausch |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Our 4 mo LO has always squirmed but now we're up to a bonafide wiggle - we put a full length mirror on the wall that covers the length of the dresser his changing table is on. It's been a little miracle worker - he loves to smile and laugh at it instead of wiggle. (But I've also learned to always keep one hand connected and move fast!)

lmrosario |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I think that baby needs to do what is best for you. If you move to on the floor then they move EVEN MORE! they wont like it at first but MAKE them lay flat and then they know that when they are up there that it is time to stay still and to change the diaper. you are mom and you are in controle. Just keep one hand on the chest at all times and have everything right close so that you can grab with the free hand. we had to do this when raising my nephew. wigglie boy he was!

tpride06 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

my son started doing that to. now i dont always change him on there, even thought id like to keep using it for at least a couple more months. what i do is verbally tell him to sit still and sumtimes use the straps...or just hold him down

babyjokerjonas |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Mr. Mommy here ... Luke is 15 weeks old and I am loving having the opportunity to stay home with him. We've developed diaper changes with fun and song. Whenever he needs changed I break into the "diaper time" song and routine (MC Hammer for those that remember 'Can't touch that"). I sing and we dance to the changing table, unsnapping sleeper to the beat, moving his arms, etc. He loves it. Also conditioned him to put his hands on his chest when singing is done and diaper being changed. It makes "diaper time" fun, so much fun he has went from not caring if his diaper was dirty to letting you know IMMEDIATELY when he wets just a bit. lol

mmub1209 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Well my nanny used to says that "is better if they roll than they fall" so now I change him in the crib. He keeps moving a lot and actually he traps my hand between his legs while I am changing his diapers but I feel more confident and tranquil because all I have to do is raise the bar in case I need to pick up something. Hope this helps.

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vicwangtest009 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

A good way to keep it from happening is as soon as you are going to pick your pumpkin up and change them start talking to them. Tell them it's time for a diaper change and ask him if it is a pee or poopy. Does he stink and just keep it going. Cold in the house? Talk to him and sing and just keep going on and on. Animal sounds, counting, everything. It keeps them busy and helps him learn in the process. Also have an easily able to clean toy that you can hand them as soon as you lay them down. That way they have something and you can also talk about that. I had to do this with all my boys even my most newest addition and when I worked at a daycare for 5 years too. It's usually the best thing to do!

TeresaRWray |

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vicwang |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Our 4 mo LO has always squirmed but now we're up to a bonafide wiggle - we put a full length mirror on the wall that covers the length of the dresser his changing table is on.2

vicwangtest015 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I've tried every trick in the book and every suggestion and still nothing has worked, I'm at my wits end with changing my son. Even just trying to change his clothes is a nightmare. I takes me at least 5 min of struggling to get a clean diaper on him. All he wants to do is just roll over and crawl away. Toys don't work, holding him down doesn't work, talking or singing doesn't work, I just don't know what to do, Any other suggestions?

KisaRaeJ |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Oh my goodness, same thing with DS. He is 11 months and he just wants to crawl. I have a basket of diapers/wipes/etc. on the changing table and he likes to roll over and then push the whole basket on the floor. He wants to crawl/climb/stand/roll... He absolutely hates being held down. He is at a throwing stage, so if I give him a toy, sometimes it lands in the dirty diaper, NOT FUN! lol. So sometimes, if he is at the point where it's pretty much impossible to clean him, I will open the drawer and grab something that is not a toy (nothing that could hurt him), something like a hat/washcloth/shoe. He gets fascinated because he doesn't normally get to play with these things... it works for a good 30 seconds, lol. Another thing that I've tried is the new Huggies Slip-Ons, there is also a struggle because you have to get the legs in the holes... but they're worth a try.

JDonahue90 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

My daughter is almost 5 months old and she too, squirms and rolls to her side during diaper changes as well as arching her back. I give my daughter one toy that she really likes and it seems to distract her enough for me to change her diaper without her rolling all over or arching her back. You could try giving your little one a favorite toy or blanket to hold on to to see if that helps or like in my case where I just don't have room for a changing table, you could try changing baby's diaper in the crib or pack n play if you have one and it's set up. If you have a changing pad, try changing babys diaper on the floor too.

kerrierageth |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

My 8 month old son tries to reach out for me while I change him, rolling towards what seems to be his doom. What I do is I prop myself against the edge of the changing table so that there's a mommy barrier between him and the floor. I also tickle him so that he has a little fun before I (very quickly) redress him. I've also started the "no-no" phase of his life, when he needs to learn what mommy doesn't want him to do. In what seems to be a desperate situation, though, I recommend getting a changing table top with a safety harness. Better safe and happy.

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Shabinevicho |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Ive found that anything colourful around the changing mat makes my baby squirm towards it - what works wonders are a collection of bouncy toys that ive hung from the ceiling. She loves them and laughs and coos at them while i change her, wriggle free.

starfishvic |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

you should either get a toy for the baby to play with or put some music if u dnt have any of those then

sexylexie1 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

My daughter wiggled but not nearly as much as my son. I gave him some plastic rings to distract him but he immediately grabs his parts as soon as he hears the diaper tabs coming off, wiggles and now ends up hitting himself with the rings. Once his legs come up the messy diaper could go anywhere.

a_yoga_day |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

My LO is just shy of 8 months and he is a squirmer/grabber at the changing table too, but I have learned that I can minimize the squirming and grabbing if I give him something to look at while I take care of the diaper changing needs. Now these things are not his usual toys so they tend to keep his interest while I work. Some things I have given him are a cloth flower, his shampoo/body wash/lotion bottle,(the trial sizes is just right for those little hands), a ball, my wallet,and keys. He is so fascinated by what I have handed him that he forgets to squirm! Hope this helps and good luck!!!

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Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

You can change baby on a towel or waterproof fabric on the floor if nothing else helps that way even if baby does something it won't be dangerous, just inconvenient. Just remember not to leave baby alone with any kind of loose fabric, or even unwatched for more than a second... it doesn't take long for an entangled baby to get into problems. So really, same rules apply as elevated changing, just now you don't need to worry about falls.

erynnsilver |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I always give my baby a toy or a clean diaper to play with when I change his diaper as a distraction. I also sing or make a silly face or silly sound also. I also use the both-feet-with-one-hand method and it's less easy to flip around that way and quicker to clean up too. He also likes looking at interesting things on the wall that he is facing so I draw his attention to them as well. If I had to do it any other way, I would probably change it in the crib so he's safe. Having said that, I just got diaper cream all over his foot and legs while trying to change his messy diaper the other day- so, doesn't always work 100% of the time- LOL ! Good luck !!!

Cougarluv |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

You probably just have to work with it. Because babies don't exactly know wrong from right. My son just turn six months and always tries to roll over while im changing him. All I do is as soon as he is on his side I just flipped him over gently,or sometimes I try to change him as quickly as possible.

pandaco0kie |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Change the baby on the floor. Harder on your back, but safer for baby.

nikkibs |

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Ha! Just yesterday I was changing DD on a bench at the mall and she turned over so fast, she rolled off towards the concrete. I grabbed her legs and caught her head with the top of my foot. Talk about scary!!!

mnmckee24 |

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Elevate baby's upper back shoulders and head with a blanket or extra set of PJs laying around when changing. Gives them more support and facilitates easy breathing, especially if they're drooly it congested which is common in infants. And of course just engage or make them smile when changing to avoid boredom...our changing table is close to a wall mounted TV, which our baby watches while we change her.

Jbrian11 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Why not just change him on the floor or bed? That always made me feel a lot more secure.

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Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I've been using the "poopoose". It's a changing pad with a built in restrsint system tham actually works. The kiddos can't move or squirm and it makes changing diapers a lot easier.

dat227 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

We use a product called Baby Changes (found on etsy). It's a diaper changing mat and storage basket....you can place the mat on the floor so if they roll they don't fall. It's great, just wipe it off to clean. It comes in several chevron prints.

CyganBaby |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

If your baby is 5 months old, he's ready to turn over and that's a milestone you want. Talking to him may help. Is his crib mattress still high? Just to be on the safe side, why not have a contoured changing pad nearby to put in his crib? You can change him there until he understands the concept of being still while having his diaper changed on the table. Babies squirm and turn and are very proud to show you how they do it. By changing in the crib for awhile, you will be more relaxed and your back will thank you. Good luck.

mommaP1 |

Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

Keep toys and pacifiers at your changing table. You can also try putting a mobile over his changing table.

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Q&A: Baby squirmy on diaper table?

I do all of my daughter's day time changes on the floor and let her have some bare bum time to really kick her legs around and get some fresh air on her bottom. If she's trying to roll while I'm trying to put a diaper on (or trying to keep her from getting poop everywhere!), I shake a rattle or something noisy on the opposite side of where her head is going, and she will turn to look for the noise and end up on her back again. We still use the change table for middle of the night changes, because it's just easier, and I think she associates getting changed on the floor with play time...something I don't want her to do in the night!

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