Some changing tables have a buckle across the middle that keeps the child laying down. You still might have the occasional problem of the baby rolling over but this will help a lot. If your table does not have this, then a belt attached from the sides will help the child stay still. Remember, I am not saying tight here. Give the baby room to move:) but it will help in prohibiting movement.
2.Make it Fun.
I know babies can't exactly have a ton of fun through diaper changing time. I mean, have you thought about this? That poor baby is getting a cold, wet cloth applied to its bottom. Has to be uncomfortable:) So try to make it a little bit fun. Maybe sing a bit, act silly, etc. Your baby knows when it you are having fun and will pick up on your attitude and act accordingly.
3.Have the Area Attractive.
This is something I find funny when I walk into other families changing area. Many times the area is totally drab and devoid of anything fun. Make it happy for your baby! Have a mobile above the crib or changing table, put decals on the wall near where their head will be, have a CD player in the room so they will be happy with music, even a play toy that attaches to the side of the table is a benefit. Anything to keep the child busy while you are changing their diaper.
4.Make them Comfortable.
This is kind of brought on from my #2 comment above, but make them comfortable while you are changing their diaper. I like using a diaper wipe warmer as this helps them not get cold. Use a cloth changing pad so they aren't being laid down on a cold plastic pad. They will be happy, even if they can't tell you in so many words:)
So, hopefully some of these might have helped you. I know for me it was often difficult at first. Then I got used to it and you get comfortable talking to them and keeping them happy. I never really had a nickname for them pertaining to the squirminess:) But maybe you have one for your child? Leave a comment below letting me know. I would love to hear what you call your squirmy baby!
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