Diaper changing trouble

United States
June 19, 2008 11:06am CST
Lately, my son has been really difficult at diaper changes. He kicks, screams, tries to get away, fights. Every diaper change is a battle. I have tried everything- distraction, singing to him, letting him have a toy to play with- nothing works. I thought maybe he was upset because I was interrupting his play, so I tried giving him warning, like when making transitions, and letting him take the toy or book he is using with him for the diaper change. Nothing helped. I thought maybe he was ready to potty train. He shows some interest, talks about it, tells me when he needs a change, but refuses to sit on the potty. I'm ok with that, he's young yet- only 21 months. I've tried changing him standing up in the bathroom when he is just wet, that didn't help. He does not have a rash or any visible irritation in his diaper area. I've tried scolding him and taking away his toy that he is holding- and he doesn't even notice. I was hoping this was a phase that would go away quickly, but it's been a few weeks, and if anything it has gotten worse. What else can I do? I'm out of ideas.
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4 responses
• United States
19 Jun 08
My son now is one and a half. he nearly doing the same thing like your son. but i tested and found he is not ready for potty train. but for your son i think maybe he is ready!
• United States
19 Jun 08
One day morning after he awake, I didn't wear diper for him, he have pee four times in 40minutes, so i think he is not ready for potty training!
@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
19 Jun 08
Mornings are always a busy time for activity though as the body stores it up over night. I believe that if your child has a dry nappy over night then they are ready to be become nappy free
• United States
20 Jun 08
One and a half is young- especially for a boy. I'd wait a while longer, until he shows interest or signs that he is ready.
@jashley1 (746)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Hmm.. I've personally never dealt with this issue. Are you a stay at home mom or do you have someone else watch him? Usually if any of my children exert any other behavior that is not usual to what they are like - especially when dealing with that area, I get a little concerned and start the question asking. I would just make sure no one has made him feel uncomfortable while changing him. I agree with you - hold off on the potty training until he shows signs of interest. Hope this phase ends quickly for you!
• United States
20 Jun 08
I stay home with him, and my husband and I are the only ones who change and bathe him. He does show interest- he talks about it, lets me know when his diaper is dirty. He puts his potty seat on the toilet, then runs out of the room when I ask if he wants to sit on it. I'll ask once in a while, but I won't push.
@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Wow! Have you talked to your doctor yet. I'm sure you are at your wits end! Is he saying anything when you are changing him? I know you can't reason with them that young, but something is going through his head. I wish you luck!
• United States
20 Jun 08
Thanks, no I haven't talked to his doctor. I think if it keeps up much longer maybe I should.
@alcazar (761)
• India
19 Jun 08
yeah its common with kids...but they are to be made done...and know that they should to be made to do things correctly...