I am the mom of a 13 month old boy, and I got tired of seeing all those pictures/commercials/movies showing perfectly cooperative babies getting their diapers changed. In my experience, this is how it REALLY goes….
0-6 month old baby:
1. Place baby on changing pad.
2. Change diaper. (Note: If you have a baby boy, this needs to be done rather quickly to avoid unfortunate circumstances.)
3. Change onsie.
6-10 month old:
(Note: You may want to switch to a floor-based changing pad as opposed to a table at this age.)
1. Place baby on changing pad on his/her back.
2. Roll baby back over.
3. Remove old diaper.
4. Roll baby back over.
5. Wipe baby.
6. Quickly place new diaper into position. With one hand gently holding baby down from arching their back, place first tab.
7. Roll baby back over.
8. Place second tab. Grab clothes.
9. Grab baby from edge of pad and place back into the center.
10. Dress baby. Halfway through snapping onsie, roll baby back over.
10 months and up:
(Note: You probably REALLY want to use a floor-based changing pad at this age.)
1. Chase baby through house as she/he giggles at you. Catch baby, take to changing pad, and lay them on their back.
2. Grab supplies: diaper, wipes, and clothes.
3. Attempt to coax baby to come back to the changing pad as they stand in the doorway grinning at you.
4. Chase baby down the hall, scoop them up, and place back on pad.
5. Give baby a hand-held toy to distract them.
6. Remove old diaper. If poopy, hold baby’s legs firmly to prevent an escape.
7. Wipe baby. Wipe baby’s hands after she/he insisted on checking out just what you were doing down there.
8. Rub forehead where thrown toy hit you.
9. Hunt for naked baby in nearby rooms.
10. Remove inappropriate object (aka, DVD, hairbrush, sibling’s toy, dog’s toy, paperback novel, etc) from baby’s hands, take baby back to changing pad.
11. Place new diaper. Dodge kicking legs and make first tab placement attempt.
12. Roll baby back over. Make second tab placement attempt.
13. If tab placement not successful, repeat steps 11 and 12.
14. Sit baby up and put their head through the neck hole of their shirt. Quickly grab a flailing arm and guide to arm hole.
15. If not quick enough, repeat step 14.
16. Grab pants. If baby will let you, lay baby back down. If not, chase baby, gently grab them, and have them lean on your shoulder as you carefully place legs one by one into pants.
17. Remove baby’s right leg from the left pants hole and place it in the correct hole.
18. As baby crawls away, before they can get up and run off, grab waistband of pants and pull up to baby’s waist.
19. Pray baby didn’t wet diaper again in the time it took you to get them dressed.