A no-fail solution to keep your toddler’s diaper on at nap-time and bedtime. No duct tape or onesies involved! This simple solution is guaranteed to prevent toddlers from taking their diaper off when left alone in the crib.
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.
You’ve probably heard of people using duct tape to cover up the tabs on a diaper to prevent a child from removing their diaper, but this solution is so much easier, less expensive and less wasteful than pulling out a roll of duct tape and wrapping it around your child’s waist a couple of times every time you put them down for a nap.
This is the solution that worked for a couple of my daycare families whose children were in the habit of taking off their soiled diapers during their naps or the middle of the night.
Toddler in diaper via Shutterstock
These toddlers would faithfully wait until nap time to have their poop, and then, because they couldn’t stand to be in a poopy diaper, they would take off the poopy diaper. UGH!
Most times, knowing that this was their daily routine, I would check on these two toddlers a few minutes after putting them down for nap and I would almost always catch them in the act of taking off their clothes to get to their diaper. I managed to thwart off many a messy disaster this way.
One time I wasn’t quick enough though, and by the time I checked on this one little girl, she’d had her poop, and had already removed her diaper, and of course, there was poop everywhere. What a mess.
At home, especially over-night, the parents had experienced these diaper disasters several times.
Clearly, we needed a solution to prevent these kids from taking off their diapers when they were left alone in their cribs. I put on my thinking cap, and came up with an idea that turned out to be foolproof!
It completely put an end to both of the kids taking off their diapers at nap time and in the middle of the night, and we never had to deal with a poopy crib and kiddo again.
This solution is super-simple, and it’s worked for everyone I’ve suggested it to since.
The simple solution to prevent toddlers from taking a diaper off in bed:
To prevent your child from being able to take off their diaper when they’re in their crib, you’ll need a pair of one piece, footless pyjama sleepers.
If you don’t have footless sleepers:
If you don’t have a pair of footless sleepers, you can cut the feet off a pair of footed pyjama sleepers.
Now, you may be thinking you don’t want to “ruin” a pair of footed sleepers, but 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.
Put The Sleepers on Backwards
Now, put the sleeper jammies on your child BACKWARDS! Yep, that’s right! With the zipper at the BACK!
Chances are your toddler will not be able to get out of the backward jammies no matter how hard she tries.
For an extra measure of security
One of my hooligans was truly a Houdini, so as an added measure, we used a safety pin to secure the zipper 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 it is a chronic issue for you, and your child continues to poop in their diaper when you put them down for nap, you’ll need to check on your child after a short period of time to see if their diaper needs changing. Chances are, if your child was removing their poopy diaper, it’s because they don’t like to be in a soiled diaper, and once they realized they’re not able to remove their diaper anymore, they’ll stop saving their poop until nap time.
Note: 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 sleeper pyjamas!
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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.