How to keep clothes on a 3 year old

Rachel - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 and has PDD so he is a little behind and now has realized that he can now take his clothes off including his diaper. But now he is getting undressed all the time and have found him several times naked in bed with poop all over him and the room. I'm not sure how to stop him from doing it. I've tried the sleepers on backwards and he still gets out of them. If anyone has had anything similar and has any ideas of clothing that works or anything else I would greatly appreciate it.

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Hester - posted on 08/25/2012

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hi my child has autism cant speek and is almost 5 but is behind so only nows thing 2 or younger. we tried backwards but he used his arms to get the diaper and now he uses the legs and pulls diaper out. i tried sewing but tore apart help

Sharon - posted on 01/08/2010

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I have the same problem with my 3 yr old with Autism...the poop in the crib is a nightmare !! I would use a baby safety pin to keep his pjs on until he figured out how to open it...then he started stretching the top of the one piece pjs and shimming out...so what worked for me was i put one piece pjs on, baby pin them so he cant unzip them ( i put the pin on the inside of the pjs so he cant get it open) and i also sewed a piece of silk around the neckline so he cant stretch it open and get them off !! This has worked out great !!!!

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2010

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oh and my boys are 11 now and as soon as they get home they take everything off but their underwear.

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2010

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We used duct tape around the diaper careful not to get it on the skin. We also did the footie pj with the zipper on backward safety pinned the zipper to the pj's to keep them on. When it was hot I cut off the legs and sleeves.

Victoria - posted on 01/06/2010

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Thank goodness I am not the only one!! I tried the footie PJ's and cut out the feet and put them on backwards (I have 3yo twins boy/girl)....however they help each other unzip. They are pretty good about keeping their clothes on in public I just worry in the cold weather about them being cold at home. On a lucky note they come and ask for a diaper/pull up when it is time to go number 2. My teenage stepsons are making a big deal out of them being naked and for me as long as they are at home it is one of the things I try not to stress too much about. I try to buy clothes without tags that are soft and rinse them 2x when they are washed but at home they still stay naked at least 75% of the time. Guess I can hope they might outgrow it.

Jessica - posted on 11/20/2009

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my daughter is almost 3yrs old now, and she does the same thing. she stripped down her pants and diaper right in front of her OT today, so they got to see some of her behavior when they aren't around. she said it might just be the feeling..like the free feeling...she said it was typical for any child her age to do so, but she said she's gonna get back to me with ideas on how to stop it. if you want i can post what she came up with after her next appt on tues! good luck!!

Carolyn - posted on 11/19/2009

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Ive been there and cleaned that. I still am trying to keep my sons clothes on, the minute we walk in the door, the clothes start coming off. I know its hard to be with the kids every minute of the day, but watching what time the poop happens and making sure you stick around during that time can prevent the taking the diaper off.

Brandi - posted on 11/18/2009

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Try one piece outfits like sleepers or rompers and put them on him backwards. Worked for a friend of mine.

Tami - posted on 11/18/2009

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Your son is most likely tactile defensive and that is why he is not keeping his clothes and diaper on. He is hypersenitive to the texture those materials display. If he is getting occupational therapy for his PDD ask his OT about it. They are specifically trained in this area and can help determine what textures are bothering him and how to modify the clothing.

Sherry - posted on 11/18/2009

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Sadly I go through this all the time. I have learned to keep my daughters door locked during the day so that she could not go in there and strip. I also put the zip up nighties with the feet on her and put a safety pin under the zipper to prevent her from unzipping it. Hope this helps.

Maria - posted on 11/17/2009

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Is he feeling upset when he smears poop? My daughter did this regularly to express her displeasure with naps. She has autism and has no idea how disgusting this is!! And her communication isn't all that great so it was her way of letting me know loud and clear that she was unhappy. I did the duct tape thing on the diapers and that worked for awhile. You could also see if there is something that is bugging him about the clothes.(type of material, the color, the tags) see if there is a common theme to them that he really can't stand. My daughter liked long sleeves, long pants, and for them to fit tightly. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 11/16/2009

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My son is 3 and does the same thing. When we put him to bed we use big safety Pins (nappy Pins) front and back of his Pj's so he can't take them off. We have had a few ripped and holey clothes as I learnt the correct ways of putting them in but it work. I hope it helps

Jennifer - posted on 11/16/2009

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my son did that. I can't tell you how upset i was and how frustated i was. I tried everything from checking on him every two hours to sleepers on back wards. Ugh... being that he wasnt potty trained i thought of securing him in his clothes. I bought a pck of very small safty pins. ones he couldn't open. and pinned the zipper so he couldnt take his sleeper off. it worked. now the problem is he has to have the pin or her freaks out. lol. but it has been forever that i have had that mess. Now that we are potty training he is ok ato sleep in set of jammies and not sleepers.

My son was 3 when he was doing this on a constent bases. but it did help. He is austic and delayed due to being premature. But it did help him. Noe every where we go.. to grandmas, my sisters exc.. he takes off his shoes and socks

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My 3 yr old used to go around naked all the time~until I got her some Disney dress up dresses~find something he absolutely adores, dinosaurs, Spider man, cars, etc. then find clothes with the characters on them. Hope it works for you too!~about the poop, all 3 of my kids have "painted" the walls, themselves, their cribs, with poop. It didn't last long, but for some friends of mine it has been an ongoing thing too~their solution was to cut duct tape in half to make it skinnier and wrap it around the top of the diaper one time, NOT tightly~just a note, remember you will need scissors to get the diaper off in the morning! GOOD LUCK

p.s.my 3 yr old is not the one with Autism, so I hope it helps you to know your son is displaying age appropriate behavior :)

Amanda - posted on 11/14/2009

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My 2 year old daughter does the same thing. She had SID and hates having clothes on. She also does not understand that her poo is yucky and to not play with it and smear it on her and anything that she sees. I am going to try the onsies or the clothes that she cant get off. But the thing about it is she screams and has a throwdown til her clothes are off. What helps with that? Sometimes she does not even want clothes on and if i do get them on she will find a way to get out of them. she has now learned to pull her arms back through her sleves and that can make for a mess also....

Hope - posted on 11/13/2009

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have u tried putting him in clothes that are alot harder to get off? My child does the same thing so i put him in overall and such. He cant get the buckles off which means the diaper stays on!

Tracy - posted on 11/13/2009

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Hi there, i think clothes are some what of an issue with our kids. My son is now 6 and likes nothing more than being naked whenever the chance allows. And like Renee we had to convience our son that clothes were needed in places and certain time of the day. We too had to tape the nappies round him for a while. Im sorry that i can not give you any futher help except there will be a time when you will look back and maybe not laugh but see the not so serious side of it.

Renee - posted on 11/12/2009

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Wow - I was going say just leave him in his diaper but I didn't anticipate the poo thing. Okay well my son at that age would not stay dressed either but he would only do the poo thing in the bathroom and just take the diaper off in the bathroom when he felt messy. In the night does he poo at night or is it nap time? Just curious because if you can anticipate his poo poo times you might just be able to keep him from doing it. My son still hates clothing ( he is 8 years old) but he knows that he can only be in his underwear at home and must wear little shorts when people come over to visit we call them his "conpany shorts". That might be a little complicated for your 3 year old. What about making the tabs on the diaper slightly harder to remove like put a piece of tape over the tabs (that's what I did at one point) just to make it a little harder for him to just peel it off and run naked through the house. That may buy you some time and it might discourage him a little bit. Anyway I do wish you the best. Good luck - maybe someone else has a better suggestion! Take care.

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