I had never changed a diaper until Caleb was born and I got to change his first diaper. He pissed on me.
Since then, I think I’ve gotten the hang of it. I no longer attempt to use pee-pee teepees. I can handle the shitty diapers. I’m used to the smell of poop, though it can sometimes be really, really bad (especially those teething diapers).
But what I can not handle is this new stage.
This is the stage where he doesn’t like lying on his back. He hates it. For the past couple weeks, if I gave him a Baby Mum-Mum or a bottle, he would stay distracted by that for long enough to change his diaper. But…that’s no longer the case. The very second I set him down on his back, he’s screaming, twisting and turning like nothing I’ve seen before, and making it nearly impossible to get a diaper on him.
Searching around on YouTube, I found this video. And this is the stage we’re in. I’m sure you all have dealt with it:
Last night, after his bath, I’m pretty sure he was working on his exhibitionist skills as he stood on the changing pad, butt naked, showing the whole neighborhood his glory, as I struggled to try and get a diaper on him while he stood. I think it worked last night, somehow, but I tried to do the same thing and I just could not get the diaper on. Sarah finally had to come in and hold him down (lovingly, I should add) on the table while I got the diaper on. This obviously sucks even more when it’s a poopy diaper and he’s twisting and turning and flailing and everything else.
Seriously – it drives me crazy. I want to put him down on the floor and walk out of the room. I want to give him away to someone (for a minute); because as soon as his diaper and clothes/pajamas are on him, he’s happy-go-lucky Caleb, super cute Caleb, my perfect little baby boy.
When in doubt (about anything, really), turn to YouTube, right? I just searched for “how to change a squirmy baby’s diaper” and ran across a few fun videos:
I know I’ll deal with more difficult things with him in the future, but…damn. This is driving me crazy right now. Any suggestions? Any tips for holding a baby down and still enough to get a diaper on them when they clearly do not want to be on their back on the changing table?