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How can I keep my baby still during diaper changes?

My baby won't stay put during diaper changes. What can I do?
Submitted by Parents.com Team

Babies are certainly very clear about what they like and don't like -- and apparently yours isn't a big fan of having her diaper swapped. Your baby will eventually grow out of this stubborn phase and come to accept diaper changes as part of her daily routine (she might even learn to appreciate how much more comfy she is when her diaper is clean). But until she decides to cooperate, the best thing you can do is distract, distract, distract. You'll probably have to try several different approaches before finding one that works for your baby, but here are a few that do the trick for many parents:

• Hang a mobile or fun pictures over where you change you baby.
• Sing a song or play music to take your baby's mind off the diaper change.
• Give baby something to play with during the diaper change, like plastic keys, noisy rattles, or small toys that play music and have flashing lights.

The key is to keep things interesting, so switch up your songs and toy selection from one diaper change to the next. And remember, no matter what you do to get your baby to hold still, it's important to never, ever walk away from her while she's on the changing table. Since she's obviously very active and likes to wriggle around, she could take a serious fall if left unattended.

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The answers from our experts are for educational purposes only. Please always refer to your child's pediatrician and mental health expert for more in-depth advice.

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