How to Deal with Squirmy Toddler Diaper Changes


I can’t believe our second son is now a toddler, he is 18-months-old and he is a happy, active and extremely independent little guy. He wants to do things himself and he has a mind of his own, and sadly diaper changes are not on the top of  his “fun stuff to do” list.

Changing a squirmy toddler’s diaper can be quite a challenge. He is a heavy wetter so we use disposable diapers for nap/bed time and he often ends up taking his diaper off after he is done his nap, imagine the messes we’ve had to deal with!

Enter the Huggies® Little Movers Plus diapers, available exclusively at Costco Canada, these new diapers feature double grip strips that help the diaper stay on your child. They are super soft and comfortable and very absorbent during both day and night time. They are actually Huggies® most absorbent diapers* for day & night protection.  (*except for Huggies® Overnites Diapers).  

We have been testing the Huggies® Little Movers Plus diapers and they are a great fit for our busy toddler. They are super absorbent and he is dry and comfortable and actually keeps his diaper on him during nap/bed time. Yay for no more messy sheet changes for us!

I also love having a great disposable option when he is not wearing cloth and these are great for travel too.


We have also been trying a couple of different approaches and we have found some ways to make diaper changes a bit easier at home.

Some of the things that have worked with our toddler below:

  • Talk with your toddler and distract him while changing his diaper
  • Encourage participation by asking him to help you pass some wipes or a clean diaper, etc
  • Change the diaper change location to break routine
  • Get some toys/books and leave them close to the diaper changing station ready for the next diaper change
  • Sing fun songs while changing the diaper

Some days diaper changes are easier than others but I know that this stage will also pass and soon he will be potty trained. Do you have any other tips on how to make toddler diaper changes easier?


Disclosure: I am part of the #LittleMoversPlus campaign and receive perks in association with this campaign, however all views and opinions on this post are 100% my own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

19 responses to “How to Deal with Squirmy Toddler Diaper Changes”

  1. I had a hard time changing my son’s diaper at this age. I wish I had Huggies® Little Movers Plus diapers as a choice back then.

  2. Funny, with all three kids I never had trouble changing my kids diapers. I would sing to them or tell them stories or get them to help by passing me things! It worked!

  3. Thank you for the tips… Luckily, the boys hated being wet or dirty and were very cooperative most of the time, but would occasionally go insane and crazy while being changed which resulted in a lot of chasing… I will pass this onto a friend whose baby is getting to this stage.

  4. having one certain toy specific for diaper time helped us.

  5. Thankfully, my son was ready to be potty trained at 19 months, so I didn’t have to deal with toddler diaper changes for very long.

  6. We use disposables at night and for travel too, and cloth during the day. Mine haven’t been too squirmy… but occasionally my youngest doesn’t want to sit still. I do songs and games or tickle her tummy. 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

  7. I remember those days of squirmy diaper changes! 🙂 haha They would just twist themselves in ways you didn’t think were possible!

  8. Thanks for the Squirm-less tips…lol

  9. Some great tips! Never thought about the changing location one.

  10. I know I often had to do standing diaper changes, and have recently noticed that my daughter now has to do the same with her daughter – payback time 😉

  11. i have not tried these on my daughter yet!! i will have to get those next. we always gave my daughter her little princess figures and that distracted her long enough to change her. i also got really speedy at doing it lol

  12. Good tips. Look how quickly he has grown!

  13. Great tips! With our 4 month old grandson we sing songs and have make believe convos with him. I’m not sure what we’ll do when he’s your little one’s age! My eldest used to always take off her diaper, like your son does lol

  14. Great tips as the nephews and nieces are in this stage.

  15. Distraction is key!

  16. Thanks for the great tips

  17. Our grandson is getting in the squirmy stage now

  18. My little grandson has passed this stage but he had nothing on our granddaughter,lol most days it takes four hands to get a diaper on her

  19. My youngest was much the same. I found talking to him and distracting him worked the best of all. Getting upset did not help at all and made it worse. Patience and kindness work well and ‘this, too, will pass’.

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