21 mnth old boy keeps undressing

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My son is 21 months old. He keeps undressing himself completely (diaper and all). He does this especially at naptime and bedtime. It drives me nuts. Usually I have to go dress him at least twice before he finally setlles down and falls asleep. Last night we had to get him up at 11:00pm, because he had stripped yet again and everything was wet. Any good ideas on what to do? I'm getting really tired of washing his sheets.

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Emma Lyn II - posted on 03/03/2011

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We're same story to our kids...I always said to my daughter, if she always do that... many insects can bite her... and sometimes we sa a big lizard... and she afraid to it... so i told her to put always her dress.. therefore she eat of it... hahaha.. funny but it her own safe...

Dawn - posted on 05/28/2009

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Your son has just figured out how to undress himself (another step towards independence). When you put him down for a nap or for bed periodically check on him and try to catch him undressing. When you do catch him in the act in a nice way tell him no and that clothes stay on when sleeping and have him help you get him dressed again. He might also be getting bored while waiting to fall asleep or he may not be tired at that time. Have things in his room that would keep his attention but yet relax him. There are various toys that play music and cast wave images or colored shadow outlines on the wall or ceiling. Another possibility could be he is telling you he is ready for potty training. It doesn't hurt to have a training potty for him now and if he is not ready he can spend this time becoming familiar with it. Good Luck!

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No, he's not potty training. I can't get him to sit still for long enough on the potty to actually do anything. It could be an attention thing, but that's hard to address. It's not like I can just ignore him and let him sort it out himself. He has pooped in his crib before. So, I can't just leave him.



I'm going to try putting his diaper on backwards for now, although I expect him to figure that out sometime. And then we'll start taping him up. Hopefully he'll give up on it sooner rather than later.

Stephanie - posted on 05/28/2009

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If he is doing it more in at bed time, he knows you will come in and redress him, its a attention thing. Is he potty training?

Betsy - posted on 05/28/2009

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I have the same thing here. Our older kids did it too. Our youngest three just turned 3 and 2 (2 yr olds are twins). The older one started doing this right before he was 2. Now the twins can undress and copy. Since they are naked, the 3 yr old continues. This is each and every naptime and bedtime. I change the 3 cribs twice a day. I am with you in being so sick of that! Our 3 yr old is started to get it and is proud when he keeps his clothes on lol. It is a pain, but this phase does pass. Hang in there!

Alison - posted on 05/28/2009

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I'm impressed he can get out of his clothes!! Ive a three year old that cant even get her socks off!!!!



Seriously though, my now twelve year old boy went through the taking hte nappy off in bed stage. I put them on backwards. That stopped him for a while, but he did eventually figure it out. It was so long ago, that i forget now how long this "phase" lasted.



Good luck!!!

Amie - posted on 05/28/2009

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LOL My middle two did this. Well the one just turned 2 last week and still does it. We don't care if she wants to run naked. Let him! He might be telling you he's ready to potty train too. Ours is and has started, not totally there yet but she's getting better. When she's naked she'll go oh poop and take off to the bathroom. =) Night time is still a big issue though. She wants to be a big girl so much but she's not quite there yet. So to keep her from taking at least her diaper off we tried turning her clothes around.. that didn't work, she figured out the snaps and buttons on all her jammies. So now we tape her diaper on. Once around with the ends at the back so she can't get at them to tear off the tape then the diaper. Hopefully we can stop this soon though... she's ready and willing it's just getting the timing down for her. lol. Best of luck!

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Unfortunately he can get out of the onesies and overalls. He can even undo the button and zipper on his jeans. I'm considering putting his diaper on backwards. Or using duct tape.



I don't have a problem giving him naked time, but he tends to do this more when he is in his crib and that is definitely not the time or place for being naked.

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If he really wants to be naked then maybe you could try giving him some time each day to run around naked in the yard so that if he does pee you don't have to clean it up. I've also heard of people using duct take over the diapers to keep kids from taking them off. Goodluck!

Sara - posted on 05/28/2009

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my Son is 21 months too, he has not figured out how to get out of his onesies yet, maybe that would help? Other than that I would probably start putting him in timeout when he does it. That is a really hard question, let me know what you figure out!



WIth warmest wishes,

Sara

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