When my daughter was 6 months old, diaper changes changed from pretty peaceful (if sometimes gross) occurrences, to full-on wrestling matches. She would arch her back and fling her limbs around, making it nearly impossible to get a diaper around her tiny butt. It quickly became apparent that my partner and I were going to have to outsmart and distract our daughter in order to get diapers on her. Thankfully, the games I made up to get through a diaper change made all the difference.
My daughter is petite, but she is wiry. I'll never forget the time my partner and I left our daughter with my sister and her family physician husband. When we left they were two confident adults. When we returned they were two exhausted adults who had spent much longer than anyone could have imagined trying to get a diaper on the 6-month-old's butt. In all my instructions, I had forgotten to give them a list of my tricks to get her to lie still long enough for a diaper change.
While I felt a bit bad that I'd forgotten this critical information that would have made their babysitting experience easier, I was pretty pleased that I'd come up with so many tricks and games that made changing her diaper possible, in the first place. So, if you're struggling to change a diaper on your squirmy child, try a few of my go-to tricks: