Keeping Your Tot Happy During Diaper Changes

Here are some ideas for you as you embark on winning the diaper changing battle:

WORDS RACHEL LIM

Be Organised
Make sure your diaper changing station is always organised and well-stocked with diapers, wipes, and creams. The last thing you need while wrestling a toddler with a soiled diaper is realising your diaper stacker is empty!

Think Out of the Box
Create a distraction by playing a game, singing a funny made-up diaper changing song or talking about something he loves. Set aside a special toy that he can play with only when he is on the changing table. In his daily pretend play, let him wear a diaper for one of his Teddies.
    
Diaper changing can be seen either as one of the many dreadful mothering chores or as an intimate time between you and your tot where you are able to meet one of his most basic needs.

Kids can sense if you are trying to rush through a task to get it over with or if you are panicky and frustrated. Getting creative and injecting an element of fun can help both you and your tot enjoy diaper changes.

Bring Out the “Busybody”
Ride on your toddler’s growing sense of industry and encourage his participation during a diaper change. For example, let him choose between changing diapers while standing up or lying down; pull wipes out of the container; and whenever possible, topping up the diaper stacker. By giving your child more control and increasing his sense of independence, you may increase his interest and desire to cooperate with you during the diaper changing process.

Prevent Diaper Rash
Do not ever give diaper rash a chance to further intensify and escalate your diaper changing battle. Follow     these steps to prevent diaper rash in your toddlers:

  • Replace a soiled diaper with a clean, dry one as soon as possible.
  • Avoid skin irritants such as perfumes and alcohols in soaps and baby wipes.
  • Air-dry his bottom whenever possible.
  • Slather diaper or barrier cream on his bum thickly and gently.

Ensure Predictability
Children thrive with the sense of predictability that comes with routine and familiarity. Have a consistent location where you change his diapers. Set aside diaper changing times at similar points in his daily schedule such as after lunch or after reading time. This sense of predictability will result in a sense of security which will help reduce any anxiety during a diaper change.

Reduce Tactile Sensitivity
Try washing him using water instead of cleaning with wipes. He may have a tactile sensitivity against wipes, thus leading to the resistance towards diaper change. Tactile sensitivity or hypersensitivity is an unusual or increased sensitivity to touch that makes a person feel peculiar, noxious, or even in pain. It is also known as tactile defensiveness or tactile oversensitivity. Like many other sensory processing issues, tactile sensitivity can range from mild to severe.
    
Mums, remember, do not take it upon yourselves to keep your children happy all the time. Diaper changing is just one of the sometimes-excruciating-yet-absolutely-necessary things in life your children will have to face up to. Your role in his life is simply to be present, be their best cheerleader and perhaps every now and then, make things a little more bearable, or even fun.

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