Mother shares trick for keeping 'wriggly' daughter entertained

Mother-of-four shares the ‘genius’ trick she uses to keep her ‘wriggly’ toddler daughter entertained and calm for long periods of time

  • A woman from Adelaide uses an empty Aldi baby wipes bag to entertain her kid
  • In the bag she puts ‘little trinkets and fidgets’ that her daughter can’t swallow
  • The she closes the lid and lets her little girl try to rescue all of the pieces
  • This can take several minutes, meaning she can change her nappy during it 

A mother-of-four has inspired hundreds of parents to keep their empty baby wipes packaging to use as a ‘toy’ for children who refuse to sit still for long periods of time.

The woman, who is based in Adelaide, decided to share the clever trick in a Facebook group so others could benefit from having quiet and well behaved youngsters. 

‘I have done this with all of my children and it never fails to keep them occupied,’ she captioned a photo of the old packet. 

She starts by collecting a bunch of trinkets, ensuring they are small enough to fit in the opening of the baby wipes pack but not too small for her little girl to swallow

‘My youngest daughter is a particularly wriggly baby, and never likes to stay still long enough for me to change her nappy. So I came up with this idea that keeps her busy the whole time.’

She starts by collecting a bunch of trinkets, ensuring they are small enough to fit in the opening of the baby wipes pack but not too small for her little girl to swallow.

Then she closes the lid and waits until her daughter is ready to be entertained. 

Her go-to products include a peg, Nerf gun bullet, a fake plastic vegetable toy and a fake flower. 

‘Then when I get her ready to change, I give it to her and she has to try and get them all out. I hope someone else finds this helpful – it has definitely saved my sanity,’ she said.

Plenty of parents were excited to try the strategy at home and commented on her post.

‘Then when I get her ready to change, I give it to her and she has to try and get them all out. I hope someone else finds this helpful – it has definitely saved my sanity,’ she said

‘Oh this is a great idea thank you for sharing! My little one is quite difficult at change time, she never stops trying to escape,’ one woman said.

‘This is genius and I’m so going to use it soon. My baby is eight months old and forever wriggling around, rolling side to side when it’s changing time,’ said another.

A third added: ‘Why did I not think of turning this into something fun? Miss 17 months is always taking the wipes out and putting things into the packets. I only throw them out.’ 

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