So my two year old little Bug is at that wonderful toddler stage where stripping off all clothing (plus diaper) is a great and wonderful pasttime. Except for mom, who has to put it all back on and possibly clean up any accidents.
So far we only do this in our crib at night (sometimes during nap), because we aren’t ready to sleep yet. Also, we have been lucky that the ‘accidents’ have been pee related only (very grateful for that!).
This is a stage that a lot of children go through. Some take it as a sign the child is ready to be potty trained, but that’s not necessarily so. We started the potty training. There isn’t an incentive out there that he cares enough about yet so, we aren’t ready.
He understands that if he uses the potty chair he’ll get a star sticker. He thinks this is cool because he likes stickers. But if he doesn’t get one…oh well. He couldn’t care less.
But potty training isn’t what this is about. No, it’s about how to keep the diaper on the toddler at night (or during nap time).
See I had a VERY frustrating evening the other night where I went in and put his diaper back on (or a new one if the old one wasn’t usable any longer), 5-6 times.
He does it because he’s bored, not ready to sleep and it’s fun. That night I actually googled, ‘Can I duct tape a diaper onto my toddler’. Interestingly enough I found this:
After reading this poor woman’s situation (and her’s was WAY worse then mine), I felt better because A) I wasn’t alone in wanting to do this and B) There were alternatives.
One of the ideas someone gave her was to cut the feet off footed PJ’s and put them on backwards so the child can’t unzip it. This was genius!
I went out the next day to a child’s consignment shop and bought two pairs of lightweight footed pj’s for around $8 total. I bought a 3T and a 4T because I wanted to make sure they’d be big enough on backwards. It’s summer here in Indiana and he has been sleeping in t-shirts and shorts or light weight pajama bottoms that I made for him.
Once home, I took my seam ripper to the feet. If I had cut them off, I would have cut through the zipper so I decided this was the best solution. I plan on hemming them in the near future. I also took the sleeves off so he wouldn’t over heat. He likes to sleep with a blanket and that’s not going to change.
After I was almost done seam ripping the first pair I remembered I had a Sleep Sack with foot holes that I bought him last winter that he wouldn’t leave on.
I could put this on backwards! Why didn’t I think of this before!
That night I tried it. I put him in a nighttime diaper and the sleep sack on backwards. It worked! He played in his crib like always but couldn’t strip!
I have completely removed the feet and sleeves on both pairs of pajama’s that I bought and will use these as well.
This is a great solution and way better then duct taping the diaper on.
I hope this article finds other desperate parents and helps. Try the sleep sacks or go the pj route. It is a great solution and will help save your sanity!