Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all – may 2011 bring peace, happiness and joy to all.

– Thyaga

Tips on Changing Diapers

[I wrote this post a few months back when my 1.5 year old toddler was less than 1 year old – while cleaning up some files on my hard disk, i came across this – so, sharing it with you all]

Changing diapers is one of the most common, basic and frequent parenting task that one has to do. For a lot of obvious reasons, the onus (at least in the initial months) of that task falls on the dads – of course, once the initial euphoria fades out, the responsibility shifts back to the moms – but that is another topic :).

So,as a recent first-time parent, I put on my thinking cap and came up with a few tricks on how I could make the diaper change experience more fun for my infant daughter.

Here are some suggestions that you could try while changing diapers:
[Disclaimer – this may not work for your baby :)] :

(1). Keep a smile on your face – if you smile, the baby smiles back thinking that something fun is happening. This may be tough to do especially if you have to change heavily soiled diapers at 3 in the morning

(2). Sing a song while you change – this really helps to soothe the baby who is now oblivious to the fact that something is being changed underneath

(3). Whisper something in hushed tones – this keeps the baby engrossed and also helps to quieten a fussy baby

(4). Keep talking – about anything in general – what happened in the office, doctor’s clinic, how was the day etc – when you talk, the baby listens and hence, you can get your work done.

(5). If change of dress is needed, then play “where is ur hand” game while putting the new dress on – this is a favorite with my baby for sure.

Of course, all the above works if your baby is not sleepy or in general not in a fussy mood. In that case, all the above tricks will only irritate the baby more. In such a scenario, do the right thing – take out the old diaper, wipe and put on the new one – as quickly as you can. The tough part is that your baby would be crying when all that happens – but once done, normalcy should return.

I would be interested in knowing what other tricks other parents came up for diaper changes.

– Thyaga