A no-fail solution to keep your toddler’s diaper on at nap-time and bedtime. No duct tape, no onesies – just a fast and easy way to prevent your child from removing his diaper when left alone in his crib at nap time.
If you’ve ever had a toddler who who’s removed a poopy diaper at nap time or overnight, you know how messy the results can be.
Here’s a solution that’s worked for a couple of my daycare families whose children were in the habit of removing their soiled diapers during their naps or the middle of the night.
Toddler in diaper via Shutterstock
These toddlers would faithfully wait until they were in bed before “doing their business”, and then because they couldn’t stand to be in a poopy diaper, they’d remove their clothing to get to the diaper and take it off.
Most times, knowing that this was their daily routine, I would check on them after a few minutes at nap time and catch them ” in the act”. I was able to thwart off many a messy disaster. One time, however, the child beat me to it. What a mess. And at home, especially over-night, the parents had experienced diaper disasters several times.
Here’s the solution we came up with to keep a child from getting out of his diaper. It’s been fail-proof for us and for anyone I’ve suggested it to.
The simple solution to keep a diaper on your child at night time or nap time:
You’ll need a pair of one piece, footless pyjama sleepers . You may already have a pair, but if you don’t, you can cut the feet off a footed pyjama sleeper. Trust me, you’re going to be so happy with the results of this little endeavour, you won’t care about taking a pair of scissors to the jammies.
Now, put the sleeper jammies on your child BACKWARDS! Yep, that’s right! With the zipper at the BACK!
Chances are your child will not be able to get out of the backward jammies no matter how hard she tries.
One of my hooligans was truly a Houdini, so as an added measure, her mother used a safety pin to secure the zipper’s pull tab to the sleeper.
Please note, I am not recommending that you insist that your child stay in a poopy diaper. This is a solution for the child who has made a habit of having his daily bowel movement when he is alone in his crib, and removes the diaper every time. As a parent, you know your child’s habits, and whether or not this is a chronic issue at your house.
If this is the case for you, you can check on your child after a short period of time to see if the diaper needs changing. Chances are though, a child who does not like to be in a soiled diaper, will stop saving his poop for nap time once he realizes he can’t remove his diaper.
It should also be noted that a child who strongly dislikes being in a soiled diaper may be ready to toilet train.
I would recommend putting your child on the potty before naptime. He or she may need a few minutes before he’s relaxed enough to do his business, after all, that’s what’s been happening in the crib. Be prepared to stay close by while your child looks at a book and relaxes on the potty for a bit. Depending on the age of your child, this strategy may or may not work for you, but it’s certainly worth a try.
Regardless, you can rest easy when you put her down for her snooze, knowing that what happens in the diaper STAYS in the diaper thanks to the backwards jammies!
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.