Distraction Techniques for a Happier Baby

Home / Distraction Techniques for a Happier Baby - October 21, 2015 , by yvettelamb

Today’s guest post complete with brilliant illustrations is from

My Kid Doesn’t Poop Rainbows

As the Baby creeps ever closer to toddlerhood we are beginning to experience fits of whining and some epic meltdowns. We have discovered through trial and error that words and physical comfort do little but prolong the agony (ours probably more than his) and that the best technique is distraction.

A little voice at the back of my head asks if, by doing this we are making a rod for our own back in the future. I deal with that voice by beating it to death with its own flipping rod. I will do anything to cease the whining and screaming.

Ahem. Yes, so…distraction. We have found sometimes simply moving the Baby away from whatever is causing him to act like the world is ending is sometimes helpful. He would still be beaten in attention contests by goldfish so relocation can be enough to distract him. Singing also works sometimes. Perhaps the trauma being inflicted upon his ear drums by my voice drives him to forget his initial upset. Occasionally I will also work his protests into my song.

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Being silly is usually a hit too. My son has more mood swings than a pregnant woman in her third trimester and can usually be persuaded to switch from tears to giggles by some stupidity on my part. When he is done throwing food around at dinnertime, for example and starts waving his arms around, working up to a meltdown I just bust a move.

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If all else fails we break out the big guns and play with the dog. She’s stupid enough to provide hours of entertainment. If only she wasn’t so lazy we could get her to play for longer than 20 minutes it could be the perfect childcare solution…

The Mama from “My Kid Doesn’t Poop Rainbows” survives, sweatily, in Bangkok Thailand with the Mummy, the Baby and the Dog. The Mama is a part time amateur blogger, a part time teacher and a full time toilet humor enthusiast. She started writing “My Kid Doesn’t Poop Rainbows” as a way to share the funny which happens to her family on a regular basis and give other exhausted parents a laugh or two. She trained for a year as an illustrator in kindergarten and decided to put these hard earned skills to use with this blog. She loves connecting with people from all walks of life- be sure to stop by www.pooprainbows.com and say hi!

You can also connect with the Mama on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook: Poop Rainbow Mama


Thank you so much to ‘Mama’ for contributing her fab illustrations and post – glad to see I’m not alone in my poor singing and desperate dancing (anything to stop the whining hey!). If you would like to guest post for Big Trouble in Little Nappies you can find out more HERE and don’t forget to check out My Kid Doesn’t Poop Rainbows for more funny and spot on illustrations of family life.

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