Mayhem, Chicanery Rule the Changing Table

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In the last two weeks, Maddie has mastered the commando-like maneuver of flipping from her back to the standing position. The flip is not a gentle or subtle action, it’s a flash of movement where the baby goes from being on her back to standing right up there in your face. This two-count process starts with the flip to her knees right before she stands straight up.

Maddie really shows off some great athletic potential with this action, but it is no fun at all on the changing table. Whether it’s a diaper change or just changing clothes, this wild bucking bronco is creating PURE HAVOC on the changing table.

The second I lay her down on her back, she takes that as her crazy cue to spin into action. I’m fine with all of that, but when I gently restrain these wild rolling tendencies, she goes absolutely insane. She starts screaming and crying as if she being lowered into boiling oil. This pattern took hold about three days ago and shows no signs of abating any time soon.

I love the enthusiasm associated with her stand and roll, but don’t really understand the temper tantrum that comes with it. I have tried multiple strategies to reduce Maddie’s mayhem including humor, distraction, soothing and restraint. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, Maddie flatly refuses to sit still for any changing table activities.

Like anything else with the baby, you just have to ride the phase out to its completion. However, it would be nice if I could find a way to reduce the stress for Maddie. The baby really seems to get desperate, but once the diaper is changed or the new outfit is in place, she is all happy and bubbly once again.

We’ve gone through a few phases like this one in the past, but I’m really hoping for a speedy resolution. This behavior does not seem to be linked to hunger or sleep, for now it appears to be another control issue. So for now we are in the grin and bear it stage until little Maddie Sunshine decides that it is ok to have her diaper changed again.

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2 thoughts on “Mayhem, Chicanery Rule the Changing Table

    Lorane Martin said:
    June 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    She is just practicing her new physical powers.

    smartignani said:
    June 9, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Thank you for sharing- this story hits very close to home. I call my little angel Taz when I change her. I also trued every possible tactic including letting her have the Penaten cream to et… she’s got the attention span of a gnat. I am afraid she may be slightly ADHD.

    If I may offer my huble advice:
    1) Change her on the floor because they don’t like the change table
    2) Buy pull-ups (they are more expensive but much quicker)

    That’s all. Great entry!

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