Top tips on dressing and undressing your wriggly baby

Mums across the country share their best advice for dressing your little one

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To calm babies that hate getting undressed – seems socks are a winner!

“As soon as we take Jamie’s clothes off for a bath he starts to scratch wildly at his arms, legs and his chest. We put socks over his hands and distract him with songs, games and toys until we re-dress him. When he’s going in the bath we get him in there straight away and distract him immediately with all his bath toys – the bubble maker is always a winner.”

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Claire Pomfret, 33, from Manchester, mum to Jamie, 1

“Rosie is a real wriggler when we lie her down to get undressed. She starts to wave her arms around and sometimes goes to scratch herself. Each time we put a different pair of brightly coloured socks over her hands and she gets so distracted by the colour and feel of them that she doesn’t notice we’ve stripped her off and she’s heading to the bath.”

Helen Ryans, 29, from Bristol, mum to Rosie, 9 months

For dressing a wriggly baby

“Emily is a real wriggler, so I’ve had to start dressing her on the floor. As there’s no way to stop her kicking her legs, I give her a toy to occupy her hands so I can give my full attention to getting two legs into a babygro. Sometimes I dress her just after she’s woken up, as she’s still a bit sleepy and a little less active!”

Jane Goldman, 27, from Hertfordshire, mum to Jake, 3, and Emily, 10 months

For changing a wriggly baby’s nappy

“Tommy’s started getting really fidgety when I change his nappy, so to distract him I’ve cut out lots of pictures of babies from Practical Parenting and Pregnancy magazine and put them on the wall next to his changing mat. Now he gets absorbed by looking at lots of cute babies and stays still.”

Rachel Wilkins, 38, from Walthamstow, mum to Tommy, 7 months

Home nappy-free time

“I have 6-month-old twins and try and give them each about an hour without their nappies on each day, which can be tricky, not to mention messy. I find the best thing is to have lots of kitchen roll handy, dotted all around the house, so wherever either of them are, I can catch any wees in no time. ”

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Laura Ryans, 29, from Bath, mum to Jack and Helen, 6 months

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