I’ve been collecting data for about four years in the ever evolving quest to figure out how to get stuff done with a baby. Things seem to come in waves. Sometimes my children will play nicely on their own for a while. Sometimes they will all want to be held all day. At the same time. All yelling or crying. And usually it’s a combination of these extremes, but different things like eating or sleeping, or what have you, will be hard or easy for a stretch.
My baby has currently entered the stage I like to refer to as “impossible diaper changing phase.” Because she is very active, thank G-d, she doesn’t want to be bothered to sit for anything longer than, say, 30 seconds. So diaper changing is basically a constant struggle of muscle and wit. She’s pretty strong, so simply holding her in place is, well, not so simple. When you add any cleaning that must be done, and the fact that we mainly use cloth diapers, and it’s a struggle! Oh boy!
A strategy that I’ve experienced some success with is making ridiculous sounds and faces. This sometimes distracts/entertains her for long enough that I can get done what I need to.
Sometimes just giving her a toy works, too, but she keeps us on our toes.
What’s the funniest/strangest/most innovative thing you’ve done to distract your kids when you need to?