What are the 10 different ways to keep your baby happy, when his diaper is being changed?

What are the 10 different ways to keep your baby happy, when his diaper is being changed?

Being a new mom and dad, changing diapers is one of the biggest challenges they have to face. No matter how cooperative the baby is, but the thought of changing diapers may make the parent feel stressful. As the task may not be difficult in initial days but the challenge begins when the baby learns to crawl or roll. Children can also sense whether the parent rushes a task or enjoy it, so it is important for a parent to use affirmative words while changing the diaper.

As the child starts growing, he wants to be more in charge of his body, he doesn’t want an adult to pick him up and disrobe him when he is busy with something. It is important not to interrupt their play and giving the child control, will help in meeting their needs as well as yours. It is a must to make diaper changing into a fun task and make your baby enjoy the time.

Children are in their own world most of the time. There is no concept of time, cleanliness or being systematic. Most of the little ones go through stages when they resist diaper change. Unless you have the rare child, who is uncomfortable in wet diapers, then he has no incentive to want a diaper change.

By 11 months old, your child is old enough to want to be more in charge of his body and his time. Kids usually do not want an adult to pick him up from something, he is busy with. The older your child gets, the more he will be stubborn when you need to change his diaper. Most of the children get cranky, stubborn and feel very irritated while changing his diaper.

Firstly, Children are always more likely to cooperate if we connect first. If we rush through the diaper change the baby will react as if he is being held down and he is subjected to something unpleasant. Therefore, the baby also feels on her side since you have connected.

Secondly, it is important to build trust with your baby by keeping the baby well informed about what you are going to do. This allows you to avoid feeling stressed and the baby is more likely to cooperate if he understands your cues

baby happy when diaper change

Thirdly, when you need cooperation from your baby, making your child laugh is always a good strategy when you know you need the attention of your baby. Chase the baby around the house and be completely silly with your baby before changing the diaper.

Fourthly, special toys can be used that are liked by your baby and keep it specifically for diaper changing time. It is important to keep phone, keys, key chains, or anything else away from the baby as he may throw and cause harm. Instead, give the baby something that lights up or makes a sound.

It is important to get everything ready before you start the diaper change, be sure you have everything in your reach. There is nothing worse than jumping in the middle of the diaper change to grab things like wipes cotton balls etc.

Does your baby behave like any of these above? Does your baby hate diaper change? Does he cry during a diaper change? Is he stubborn or moody? Well, it’s time for a change in parents, regarding how you handle your child during a diaper change.

DO NOT INTERRUPT HIS PLAY: –Play is the work of the child. Naturally, he hates to be interrupted by anyone. So, all you can do is change your baby’s diaper where ever he is playing, so that he does not feel that he is taken away from, what he is busy doing.

LET HIM DO THE WALKING: –If you let your infant do the walking into the room, instead of dragging him or forcing him to get in, it appears to the baby, that the adult is showing no control over him and he is doing it on his own, which is pleasing to the infant. If he is dancing at a party, let him do the dancing to the loud music even in the changing room, which keeps the baby happy.

MAKE A PARTY ENVIRONMENT: –Kids cannot resist parties. Invite your baby by grabbing a drum, make some joyful music, and sing songs which will please him. Make him dance and grab his attention

ACT BY DIAPERING HER DOLL OR TEDDY: – Act as if you are diapering her doll and once you finish doing it then say “Your turn! Are you ready?”

ASK HIM FOR HELP: Involve your child into the diaper change, by asking him for some help, children love doing that. Say “I need to clean, will you hold the wipes for me?” Now you can put his diaper. Children love mastering new skills.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Attract your child by singing a song or dancing or running around the house or make some funny faces and make the environment joyful

SOFTEN THE TONE OF YOUR VOICE: –Give respect to your babies by explaining them as to what is happening instead of just scooping them up. Babies understand more than you know. Then can identify the tone of your voice right from their birth. So, be soft while speaking to them.

LET HIM MAKE THE CHOICE: -Always ask if your baby is ready for a diaper change. If he says no, ask if he is ready after 5 minutes.  This will work.

MAKE HER LAUGH: – Laughter reduces stress hormones and increases bonding hormones. Before the diaper change makes your baby laugh as much as you can and make a joyful environment. Act silly with her after ten minutes make the diaper change.

EMPATHIZE: – Feel pity for her and ask her “does it feel cold on your back?”   Your child gets upset at that moment. Stay compassionate.  That way she will know that it is an emergency and that you are looking out for her best interest.

A happy rise baby

Enough for wishful thinking and let’s see what’s the magic, that keeps your baby happy during a diaper change.


Being a new mom and dad, changing diapers is one of the biggest challenges they have to face




Involve your child into the diaper change, by asking him for some help, children love doing that.


Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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