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    Default HELP my 18 month old wont let me change her nappy - any advice

    My 18 month old has decided that no one can change her nappy anymore - without a struggle that is.

    As soon as i put on the change table she scrunches her legs up & refuses to lay back…which makes it impossible to change her.

    She has some bad nappy rashes lately so it is important that i get it cleaned properly & adequate nappy cream on the area, but so hard to do with her wiggling & squirming & refusing to lie back on the change table.

    I know there are those pull up pant nappies, but it doesnt answer the problem of cleaning the area & getting the nappy cream on.

    Can anyone help me i am desperate.

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    Can you try changing her somewhere else? Or have a few new/exciting toys she only gets at change time??

    Distraction! Lol. Don't make it a nappy change, make it a new game and you just so happen to change her at the same time.

    DS is the WORST! Always has been. I get new 'nappy' toys every few weeks :-/

    70% of the time, it works.

    Hth

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    stickers were a lifesaver when DD1 used to do that.
    i brought cheap stickers from go-lo or reject shop and when id lay her down to change pit a sticker on each hand.

    she'd amuse herself looking at them, pulling them off and playing with them.

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    your champions - i love these ideas. Thank you….

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    DS gets like that when he's got a nappy rash...he knows its going to hurt.

    I try to distract him and do the nappy change as quickly as I possibly can. If its really bad, I'll either use wet cotton wool balls instead of wipes or just put him in the shower for a few seconds. Then just dab with a towel to dry off the area. By this stage he's got past the bit that usually hurts (the wipes) and is ok to let me put cream on.

    Yes, it takes a lot longer but better than watching him thrash about in pain.

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    DS has been like this from 15 months right upto now. He is fine with others changing him, but with me he'll scream the house down. Sometimes the only way to get him to lie still is giving him a small "smack" on his bum to snap him out of it. It doesn't hurt and he doesn't cry. It's more like a shock thing to get him to stop rolling around and screaming like Im murdering him
    Most of the times toys work, or I do it on the floor with his favourite show on the TV or something like that

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    Um, i tried all the distraction methods, getting her involved etc (so helping put on cream and wipe her)

    in the end, we ended up changing her on the floor, with a foot on each arm to pin her down Even now, at almost 2 we need to bribe her or plead, and every now and then we still have to battle because she says 'no' and she's ending up with horrid nappy rash.

    I hope your DD gets over her stubborn phase asap!

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    When DS went through this phase I had to just get good at doing nappy changes one handed and VERY quickly. He would sometimes get distracted by toys/stickers, but mostly I just had to do the quick one handed thing. It's a very frustrating stage! I toilet trained him at 25 months so I didn't have to put up with it for too long, thankfully.

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    So what, toilet train her! If she doesn't want to wear one why make her, toilet training is actually much easier around this age anyway, it's hot and great weather tiler her run around half naked whilst training... The average age for toilet training before disposable nappies was 18 months I'd say go for gold

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    we use distraction and play games while we change DD, plus try to be super quick.

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