Our Baby Hates Having Her Clothes Changed. How Can We Make It Less Of A Struggle?

Our Baby Hates Having Her Clothes

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If the very title of the article made you click on it, then I guess we’re all in the same boat. When my son was just a few weeks old and his neck muscles were yet to develop, I’d dread changing his clothes. I had to be extremely careful with his delicate neck. I’d wish for the time when he would be able to move his neck freely without me having to worry about hurting him. And that time did come eventually. However, things did not become as simplified as I had expected them to. On the contrary, it only added to my woes. My son is already 10 months old now and very energetic to the point of looking hyperactive at all times. And pinning down this energizer bunny to change his clothes was gradually turning into a wrestling match of sorts. With each passing day, I was proving to be no match for him. So obviously, I turned to fellow mothers for help and wisdom. And that I got in plenty! Here, I’m sharing some of the gems to help the rest of the moms who, like me, are pretty much facing the same struggle:

Help Them Stand Up

Help Them Stand Up

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“My daughter often gave me a hard time while changing her diapers and dress. After many trials and errors, I discovered that she was much calmer when we made her stand. Although she used to get wobbly initially, once she learned to grasp my shoulder or arm, it became a piece of cake thereafter. So, this simple trick of making her stand worked wonders for me.” Ivanna

Find Their Fetish

Find Their Fetish

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“Making the whole clothes-changing routine made it more easier for us. We noticed early on that our son was obsessed with the ceiling fan in our room. Therefore, we made it a point to always change him in our room, that too making the ceiling fan the point of focus. We even got the blades painted in attractive colors to hold his attention. That is one trick none of us ever thought would actually work, but it did.” Norraine

Kick Out Boredom

Kick Out Boredom

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“I had noticed this with all kids that they get breathless or scared each time we put clothes over their heads. The momentary darkness scares them. That’s why for my 9-month-old daughter, from the very beginning, I began with making sure I pull the neck of the dress really wide and put it face-first instead of head-first. I even started a small ‘peek-a-boo’ kind of game so my daughter would look forward to it instead of resisting.” Priyanka

Keep Them Engaged

Keep Them Engaged

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“Every kid has their favorite toy. Sometimes, it is not even a toy. It could be the baby lotion bottle, diaper, or even their own pacifier. Our son was attracted to the wet wipes pack. I’d often draw a few of the wipes beforehand, seal the pack, and hand it to my son before starting to change. It was surprising how long it kept him engaged.” Shaheen

Speed Is The Key

Speed Is The Key

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“I had tried several tricks with my daughter but nothing seemed to work. She would resist changing her clothes and I was beginning to give up. Then, I realized that she got restless during those pauses in-between the changing. Like, each time I paused to pick the baby powder or looked away to grab something else. Thereafter, I started keeping everything I needed in one place before starting to change. And I’m proud to say that I usually got my little pesto ready within 3 minutes. Keeping things near you really cuts down on the changing time. You can easily change your baby before they realize what’s going on!” Naghma

Don’t these suggestions sound amazing. I tried some of them and they did work for me. I made it a point to keep everything ready before changing him. And yes, making him stand also helped. So, give these suggestions a shot and let us know which one of these worked for you!

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