You would think with six children I would have mastered the art of the toddler nappy change, but Sebastian appears to be immune from everything I have in my armoury.
If you have a young baby at home, changing a nappy isn’t the most pleasant of jobs but it’s fairly easy unless they have had an epic “poonani” and the contents of the nappy haven’t been contained as they should.
Once baby has discovered the art of moving things get a little trickier.
First comes the roll. We all get excited when baby rolls for the first time, but don’t realise the impact on nappy changes. Take your eye off the ball for one second and they have moved. Distraction is fairly easy at this stage and babies can be entertained with a rattle, a tickle and even a little sing song.
Once they are crawling, forget trying to pull baby wipes out with one hand – you need both to try and keep them still, so need to be prepared with everything you think you will need before you attempt to lay them on the mat and keep them in one position. I did find that distraction still worked most of the time and often roped in a sibling to help keep Sebastian occupied.
Now he is off and running I have to catch him first. He takes great delight in telling me he has done a “bleurgh” and then charges off in the opposite direction to the one I am going.
Since he has been walking I have bought him the nappy pants type nappies as I found them easier when all my others were walking, but he is so quick by the time I have got one leg in and attempt to insert the second leg he has wriggled the original leg free and is attempting a break for the door.
Sebastian objects loudly to being laid down to have his bottom changed. A simple wet nappy isn’t quite so bad as I can manage to whip it off whilst still trying to chase him around the lounge, but number 2’s are a whole different matter.
No matter what distraction technique I try he just will not lay still. Undoing a pant style nappy with one hand is almost impossible, so I have to go at lightening speed and then grab both legs with one hand, lifting his bottom out of the offending nappy. Whilst I am doing this, his aim is to get away as quickly as he can and he contorts himself into all manner of shapes, trying to get me to let go, whilst letting out a blood curdling scream.
He normally manages to wriggle one leg from my grasp as I attempt to clean him up with the baby wipes I carefully got out of the packet earlier. If I have misjudged the amount of wipes I need, I’m in trouble. Trying to hold a writhing, screaming toddler by one leg whilst trying to remove baby wipes from the packet is an art form in itself, never mind trying to clean the moving target. If I have not cleaned him quickly enough, he wriggles so much that he invariably gets some of the contents of said nappy either onto me, or his vest which means I have to go the whole hog and change his clothes too – cue even more screeching.
I am almost looking forward to potty training!
Have you mastered the art of the toddler nappy change?