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Old 10-03-2012, 12:28 AM   #1
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Switch stash for rolly baby??

My 9mo has gotten horrible at flipping and rolling over during diaper changes. My frustration level is sky high at trying to get a trifolded prefold and cover on while he literally lifts and twists his body out of my hands (tolerance is quite low due to BFing all thru the night still but that's different issue for another post). Anyways suffice it to say something's gotta give bc I really don't want to yell and feel so angry over something so silly.

I've tried saying no firmly and repositioning with zero success.

So my choices as I see it are:

1) use this as a character building experience for myself and learn how to deal with my frustration while continuing to firmly say no in hopes it will someday sink in.

2) replace my prefold stash with fitteds. The $100 this would take (I only have about 10-15 changes anyways) would be worth it bc these would be a bit easier to get on when he isn't positioned just right without the cost of pockets or aios.

But is this just taking the easy way out and letting the wee one win and giving into my lack of self control in letting my frustration build? Ie--is this just a copout on my part and not really dealing with the issue or is this a smart way to handle a normal baby thing??

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Old 10-03-2012, 12:32 AM   #2
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Re: Switch stash for rolly baby??

It's fine to let the baby win, and you can give in sometimes But in this case, it's really not that much easier to use fitteds versus a trifolded prefold. Trust me, it's still a royal pain when you've got one that is a roller.. I tell people it's like trying to diaper a greased octopus with ds2, and I am not exaggerating that much. No matter what diaper you use, even disposables, he still is wiggly. Try to find a toy that he likes, or a mobile over the changing table--something forbidden like a mobile phone (you can get a dummy "real" one on ebay, kids never fall for the toy ones). I found that while ds2 was going through this phase the only thing that worked was to put on his favorite video for diaper changes.. so we did that. Distraction is the key GL
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What about switching covers? Maybe something that has flaps to set the prefold in (like flips) then you could prestuff some and have them ready to grab. If you had some way to keep the pf in place ,then you could change really quickly. I use fitteds and they aren't any easier on squirmy babies ,plus then you have to put a cover on too and it takes twice as long. I read a post about a mama who used to give her kiddos a piece of tape,but only during diaper changes(she would throw it away after because it could be a choking hazard) and it kept them fascinated while she changed them. If your lo won't put it in their mouth they might like that.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:52 AM   #4
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My 9mo has gotten horrible at flipping and rolling over during diaper changes. My frustration level is sky high at trying to get a trifolded prefold and cover on while he literally lifts and twists his body out of my hands (tolerance is quite low due to BFing all thru the night still but that's different issue for another post). Anyways suffice it to say something's gotta give bc I really don't want to yell and feel so angry over something so silly.

I've tried saying no firmly and repositioning with zero success.

So my choices as I see it are:

1) use this as a character building experience for myself and learn how to deal with my frustration while continuing to firmly say no in hopes it will someday sink in.

2) replace my prefold stash with fitteds. The $100 this would take (I only have about 10-15 changes anyways) would be worth it bc these would be a bit easier to get on when he isn't positioned just right without the cost of pockets or aios.

But is this just taking the easy way out and letting the wee one win and giving into my lack of self control in letting my frustration build? Ie--is this just a copout on my part and not really dealing with the issue or is this a smart way to handle a normal baby thing??
It's not a power struggle or a battle, he's a baby. You can't look at it that way. Saying no at 9 months will do very little. Many phases that infants go through are a grin and bear kind of thing, and this is one of them. Not worthy of discipline, like saying no, or getting angry on your part. Look at it from his perspective, the world is such a fascinating place and there are so many things to do, why would he want to sit still for a diaper change? He wants to play and explore!

I think getting a cover that will hold the PF in place, kind of like an AI2, is your best bet. A fitted and covers system isn't fast, either, because you are still trying to put on 2 diapers. AIO's or AI2's with aplix would be the fastest and you could put that on him while he is still on the go, but a new cover would be the most economical.
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Any diaper will be a challenge with a roller. DD2 has wiggled and/or rolled during changes since birth. Even Velcro AIO's are hard when she goes into her alligator death roll. Lol I'd just grin & bear it.

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Old 10-03-2012, 06:10 AM   #6
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Re: Switch stash for rolly baby??

I am a firm believer in a disciplined child and a parent being consistent. But at that age you really just have to tolerate his stages and this is one of them - he will calm down!
The best way to handle things like this with an infant is to distract him. Like a PP said, let him play with something he usually doesn't get to like your phone, keys whatever. Or distract him with the TV (I hate the TV but it would only be for a couple of minutes during the diaper change)
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Re: Switch stash for rolly baby??

This, too, shall pass. I personally wouldn't switch up your stash, by the time you hunt it down, prep it, get it into rotation, baby will settle down. Try having a secret stash of interesting "toys" at the changing table. Give him these toys only during a change so they keep interest longer. A remote control, an old phone, something with lights and music that makes you cringe (they love these best ;-) ) or a toy that is out of their age range... a chain of all those keys-to-nothing we have laying around? It is a phase. distract. distract. distract. it will be over soon enough, when they figure out that its faster to just let you change the diaper.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:06 AM   #8
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Re: Switch stash for rolly baby??

Disclaimer: my current baby is only 4 month old and just entering the wiggly stage (but I have 2 others so I've been there!).

I don't see anything wrong with getting a simpler to put on stash. It doesn't make you a bad overindulgent mom - you're making your life easier not caving to your child's whims! That being said... I don't think fitteds will make your life any easier. I use fitteds for coverless time and I actually find them just as hard to put on as prefolds (and I don't even use a cover with them).

Right now I'm using flats with a capri insert and that is easier... but as my baby gets more wiggly it is hard to keep the insert in place when he wiggles around.

So I'm in the process of building a pocket stash because that is the best combo I've found of easy to put on/easy to clean/reasonably priced. I'm getting Alva pockets which are cheaper than fitteds...
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #9
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Re: Switch stash for rolly baby??

If it were me, I'd buy some diapers for easier changing BUT I'd keep everything else, too. The littles don't stay like this forever though, which is something to consider. Even throughout the day you may have easier times and more difficult times at diaper change. I love having variety, so our stash is full of all kinds of options (including a daddy/care-giver stash). When I feel bored or frustrated or...moody...I can switch things up Go for it! I agree w/PP that toys, special objects, etc can make changes go more smoothly, but it is really nice to give yourself a break, too, and have some easy diapers on hand.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:39 AM   #10
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Re: Switch stash for rolly baby??

We had the same problem... the only thing that worked for us? Having a toy or item that he was only allowed to play with while being changed. At home, it's Pingu on the iPad, out and about, it's angry birds on my phone. I know they aren't supposed to watch tv or play with electronics but I was tired of struggling to get him back in a diaper and/or smearing "stuff" everywhere... Now, when he hears the theme song for Pingu, he runs to his change pad yelling Meep Meep, Meep Meep. Cutest thing I've ever seen!
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