Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Alligator Death Roll

Changing a diaper has turned into an Olympic sport.   It’s a difficult wrestling match and only a trained athlete can accomplish the task.  I like to call it the “Alligator Death Roll” competition.  Is it dangerous?  Yes it is. Is it exhausting? Yes it is.  Can you win? Yes you can!!  Let me explain the rules.  Baby arches his back and rolls to the side.  Baby can’t be flat on his back.  Baby also has the ability to swat away wipes, hands, and clean diapers.  Also, baby’s hands can be used to grab their own soiled parts. *gag*  The diaper changer has to avoid all of the obstacles, while baby is trying to complete the alligator death roll and crawl away to safety. 

Now that the rules of the game have been explained let’s try to come up with a winning strategy.  For starters, a novel toy can be placed in the baby’s hands.  More often than not this hasn’t been working in this house. Darn. Strategy #2: whip off baby’s pants and throw them over his face while quickly changing the diaper.  For this strategy, I’m going for the classic blinding the alligator baby to create confusion, but it comes off as playing a lousy game of peek-a-boo.  Often this works if I am fast enough at changing the diaper. Strategy #3: change the darn diaper while baby is on the move.  This is by far the most difficult way to change baby, but desperate times call for desperate measures.  It’s not easy to attach a diaper while baby is in full on alligator death roll maneuver!   


A secret weapon should be mentioned.  It is hook and loop or aplix.  While it may not have the durability of snaps, there is a definite need for a H/L diaper when wrestling changing an alligator baby.  It’s always good to have a mix of both H/L and snap diapers in your stash for this very reason.  I for one am not a fan of changing a baby while in the midst of an alligator death roll while out in public or in the middle of the night.  For those occasions, I almost always reach for a diaper with H/L while wrestling changing  my alligator baby.


  1. Haha! I love this post! Gotta love those silly alligators :)

  2. i break out in a sweat just thinking about his next diaper change. the kicking of the legs, the unbendable back, the flailing arms, and the crying. ~deep breath~ that can describe either bw or myself in the throws of a hissy fit during a change. HAHA

  3. This is too funny! Oh boy I remember those days so well. We had to switch to doing all diaper changes on the floor cuz Ot would launch off the changing table. Oof! I like the pants-in-the-face maneuver best!

  4. I do like throwing his pants on his face the best too. Sadly, he's on to me with this ploy. We only change dipes on the floor now. My poor back!