What if I can’t sign during the change the diaper? Any advice?

This question submitted from a parent in Russia via http://www.razvitie-pro.ru/методики/Baby-Sign-Language as part of the partnership between Monta Z. Briant and Danone/ Nutricia,Russia, makers of Dannon Yogurt.

 

Questions: What if I can’t sign during the change the diaper? Any advice?

Dear Mom

Yes, you are correct, it is not always possible to sign every time you change a diaper or nurse, for example, if your baby is crying or squirming too much.

Before you start a diaper change, I recommend that you try to make eye contact with your baby and sign CHANGE, as you say “time for a diaper change”.

Then go ahead and change the diaper. If baby is calm and not too wiggly, you might sign change again once or twice as you talk to your baby during the change.

When  you are finished, sign ALL DONE/ FINISHED, before picking baby up.

For older babies, I recommend signing CHANGE before you even take them to the changing area, or make up a little diaper change song to sing to them.

Babies and toddlers often squirm and fight during a change, because they have a hard time transitioning from whatever activity they were engaged in before to getting their diaper change. Of course us parents can’t understand why they’d rather have a wet or dirty diaper, but to babies, a diaper change is an unexpected interruption and they aren’t happy about it.

Try making a little song something like this:

Baby has a poopy/ wet/ dirty diaper

Baby has a poopy/ wet/ dirty diaper

Baby has a poopy/ wet/ dirty diaper

And we’re going to change it now!

 

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