My six-months-old son is in the habit of reaching and grabbing his own penis, as soon as I open the diaper.

This becomes a problem about twice a day, when his diaper gets really filled up and his penis and scrotum are dirty with feces.

The trivial solution is to hold both his hands with one of mine, but that ties up one of my hands, and I really need them both to do the cleanup.

Does anyone have a solution?


I do a body block by leaning across the baby's belly (without any weight being put on the baby) until I've got things cleaned up, up front. It also prevents the child rolling over and escaping the area where I am doing the changing. I can then move to a better angle for being certain I've got the back end fully cleaned up while knowing that at least the penis is fairly sanitary while the baby grabs at it.

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    +1 for "body block". The only thing I'd add is to watch out for the "golden shower" that little baby boys are famous for. With this method, you're right in the line of fire. At 6 months, I'd say you're not quite safe from that yet.
    – Jax
    Mar 9 '14 at 3:18

We had similar problems, however not that regularly.

  • What worked for us was saying something like "please keep your hands up until you are cleaned", but honestly I'm not sure at what age this worked.
    In case the baby still tries to move his hands into the dirty area, you could block them just for a short moment with your back of the hand or with your arm like wiping them away to underline your talking. Maybe that's enough to stop him for the moment. If not, Balanced Mamas advice fits better.

  • My other idea would be to give the child a toy or another object in his hands to play with (something that can be cleaned/washed easily in case it should fall in the dirty area...) which might keep him/her busy and avoid him/her touching the (still) dirty parts of his body.

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