My 2 year old son takes his diaper off everytime we put him in his crib. what do I do?

Stacey - posted on 12/09/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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It's worce than what it seems. He will take it off and poop and pee in his bed and get it all over himself. He does it ALL the time. I'm sick of it and need some help. I will give him a bath after and my husband and I think thats the reason he does it. cuz he loves to take baths

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Karen - posted on 12/09/2009

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My 20 month old has been doing this too for several months. We have tried everything, even duct taping his diaper but he can peel it up (this kid is crazy!!) what has worked best, not perfect, but best is to double diaper him. We put the first one on normally and then the top one on backwards so he can't easily reach the tabs. It has been better than onesis since he would just get his hand up inside and rip open the tab. He now tries to pick through the diaper but at least he isn't doing artwork with his poop!

Maggie - posted on 12/15/2009

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potty train the boy. He can obviously tell when he needs to go if he is waiting until you put him in the bed. Get him a potty and sit him on it before he goes to bed. Tell him that's where the poop goes and make him stay there until he poops.
Instead of giving him a bath just wipe him down with washcloths or baby wipes. If he loves the bath then you are rewarding him for messing his bed.

Ebony - posted on 12/14/2009

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I had the same problem with my 16 month old, my soloution to this problem was to start potty training; and let her use the potty before bed. it worked out great, after she fell asleep i would put on a diaper but it was usually dry in the morning anyway. I hope it helps you. Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 12/13/2009

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children "speak" to adults and parents in a number of ways but usually by acting out. what is your child saying to you...listen with your heart, not just your ears. kids often miss the oggling they once recieved and will go to extremes to get it. dissapointment is a powerful parenting tool especially if you establish it early...I called it my Mom's "quiet rage". I hated to dissapoint her more then anything. seems silly for a 2 year old some may say but your opinons and acceptemces still hold weight for your kids at this age (but that inevitabliy changes). this may be unconventional but prehaps not "giving him what he wants" i.e. the bath, may help to curb it...a cold, through wipe-down should help get the message across that it is not in fact his way but yours. (did for my youngest...she did not like cold wipe-downs) you could also change the routine so that bathtime is in the am vs the pm. don't forget change for toddlers often takes about two weeks, so be patient. hope this helps.
btw...if your 3yr old is still doing this and is not developmentally challenged, you may not be "hearing" what they are telling you...think about the way you are listening.

Kathy - posted on 12/11/2009

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I am having the same problem with my daughter. She does it all the time also. We put a diaper on then some panties, oneies, more panties, and what ever they are wearing at that time of the day. Or you can try to cut the feet out of blankey sleepers and put them on backwards, or buy the one without feet.

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Angie - posted on 03/16/2012

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I had this problem with my son as well and finally figured out that if you take zip up jammies and either cut the feet out or twist the feet and put them on him backwards he cant get them off. I haven't had a problem since. Now that summer is here I dont know what to do because I can't cut zipper jammies off into shorts or the zipper wont work and I cant find the button up ones anywhere.

Jaycee - posted on 11/06/2011

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I am sorry. I just realized that I repeated everything everyone has already said!!!!

Jaycee - posted on 11/06/2011

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I turned my little girls diaper around backwards and put onesies on her and pants or shorts. When that stopped working I got the zipper nightys (with no feet) and turned them backwards or if I couldn't find them without feet I would cut the feet out

Stacey - posted on 10/26/2011

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I actually used duct tape. just around the waist where the tabs are and my son cant slither out of it. the downside is i have to cut the sides where the tabs are to get the diaper off. but, I'd rather do that than clean up poop. :)

Kim - posted on 10/26/2011

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OMG!!! I CAN'T DEAL...MY SON RUNS AROUND BUTT NAKED AROUND HIS TWIN BROTHER AND I DON'T WANT THE OTHER TO THINK ITS OKAY TO DO THAT...NO MATTER WHAT I DO, HE WON'T KEEP ANYTHING ON...I TRIED POTTY TRAINING BUT HE STILL DOESN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND....WHAT SHOULD I DO? I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO GLUE HIS CLOTHES ON HIM BUT I KNOW THAT'S NOT AN OPTION....I WISH I COULD FIND SOME PJ'S THAT HAVE THE ZIPPER ON THE BACK INSTEAD OF THE FRONT.

Janet - posted on 12/15/2009

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He will take himself to the toilet for both but will also go in his undies (I took the nappies off him at 3). When he goes down for a day sleep, even if he has just been to the toilet (and done a poo) is when he will do it. He hates showers but doing that hasn't worked. It's summer here so now I take him out the back and hose him. I know it sounds cruel but I thought it may work.

Sheal - posted on 12/15/2009

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Few things that worked for me...

1. If he wears sleepers at night, turn them around backwards, he can't get at the zipper to unzip the sleeper and then pull off his diaper.
2. This may sound cruel but honestly being at the end of ones rope was the reason for this one - packing tape - tape the diaper over the tabs so it's harder to get at.

I had no choice for the second one for 3 of my kids - it's a phase, I promise it goes away soon. Poopie art is no fun to clean up.

Janet - posted on 12/14/2009

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Thanks Amanda, It is quite horrible. I have had to rip thie carpet up out of his room because he was rubbing into the carpet as well, it's definately not fun... Hopefully he will get out of it soon

Amanda - posted on 12/14/2009

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for sure Janet. I hope it gets you the info you need and you can keep your walls poop free! I would be beside myself having to clean that up regularly...lol!
Hoping good things find you!

Janet - posted on 12/13/2009

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I am actually getting him a developmental assessment as he is not meeting his age milestones by a long shot. Hopefully that will shed some light :)

Leah - posted on 12/13/2009

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I had a girlfriend that started putting her sons diaper on backwards through this stage. She said it worked like a charm. Just a thought.

Janet - posted on 12/12/2009

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I have the same problem too only my son is 3 and a half and is no longer in nappies, he puts it on the walls, floor windows etc. I have tried just about everything as this is almost a daily occurance now with him.

Andrea - posted on 12/12/2009

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I have the sleepers for my 2 year old son and he will still take them off and take off the nappy.. I even cut the feet out and put on backwards and he would still wake up and take it off and then yell mommy i pee.. Nice right. I also tried the onesis thing to and he could get them off.. PJ pants are an out in my house to he takes those off. ( To smart can zip his own coat already) Even tried the nappy on backwards.. I have found that putting a nappy on and then putting a pull up over top really works well in my home.. Plus it just ment double the protection.. lol.. Hope this is maybe helpful with your little one.. The other thing is is wasn't just in his bed it was every where.. ( he's in toddlar bed, i also have 8 month old daughter) Best wishes to you and your family, take care...

Dee - posted on 12/12/2009

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put the nappy on him then pjs then do his vest up over the top of his pjs so he cant get his bottoms off.

Melissa - posted on 12/12/2009

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put on a sleeper with a zipper and a snap flap at the top covering the zipper pull. available at walmart. (lol, i sound like a commerical). I know sleepers are for 'babies' but hey, it works.

Susan - posted on 12/09/2009

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Well the pj pants didnt work for us. So started putting a onesie on Ian under his pj's. That way when he pulled the tabs the diaper would stay in place. That was the best idea Ive ever had. It was getting to where I was having to change his bed linens everynight. But didnt have to again after I figured out the onsie trick. Hope this helps.

Nikki - posted on 12/09/2009

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my daugher used to do that to. so i started makeing sure she had eitehr pj pants on or something over her diapers to make sure that she cant take them off when she goes to bed or down for a nap unless he knows how to take his pants off to then it witch case i would talk with him and tell him that he cant take his pants off cuz its to cold and dont mention nothing about his diaper

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