How do I get my toddler to keep his diaper on?

Lindsay - posted on 05/20/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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So my 21 month old son has a fascination with taking off his diaper and running around naked almost all the time. We tried the duct tape trick, and it's worked for a a little bit, but he manages to get out of it now.

My question is should is there anymore I can do rather than just continually getting up and putting back on his diaper. I heard putting on a sleepers backwards (but that sounds like it would be uncomfortable, right?)

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May 24th.



added note - Although it may seem like potty training readiness. My reason is that if he was ready for potty training then most of the time, he would be taken off cold wet diapers.



However, nearly 100% of the time he is taking of his diaper mostly during the day, when it is completely clean and dry.



We do keep him entertained by playing and reading to him as much as we can, but even those times he just takes off his diaper and gleefully laughs.



Hence why I think, he is just doing it for the fun of it.



Right now, we have him in a backwards sleepers which seem to be working so far, but he is getting closer at figuring that little obstacle too. Oh my. o.O

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Brandi - posted on 07/12/2012

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I have tried all this except for duct tape (but that is because I use cloth diapers & it will ruin them). And I can't stop him and neither of us are ready for potty training! I'm worn out! I don't know what to do! :-(

Ashley - posted on 05/25/2009

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Wearing pants with a toddler belt will help keep his pants, and therefore his diaper on.

Stephanie - posted on 05/25/2009

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Ha I do the same put underwear over them and he thinks he's cool! They stay on but I'll be starting potty training soon, I've had a potty in the bathroom since he was 8 mths old he sits on it when I sit on it but hasn't done anything yet just likes to wipe!!

Amanda - posted on 05/24/2009

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try buying some cool underwear to wear over them, the diaper stays on and you have underwear when yu need to start potty training. it worked with our twins.

Jill - posted on 05/24/2009

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I would try potty training, and if he doesn't seem to be interested, I would try keeping him in one piece clothing.

Josephine - posted on 05/24/2009

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I definitely would not recommend store brand training pants. They may be cheaper, but you're right about them not being able to absorb as much. That means you have to change it a lot more often than you would the name brand and then you're basically wasting your money anyway.

Josephine - posted on 05/24/2009

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That would be my answer - PUT HIM ON THE POTTY! Once they know how to take the pamper off, it means they don't want to wear it any longer and he might be ready to start potty training. I'm training my 21 month old although she still wears pampers and pull-ups. I don't even lay her down anymore to put her pamper on, I just have her hold the back of it while I pull the front through her legs and then I fasten it. It's time.

Stephanie - posted on 05/24/2009

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My son is 21mths as did the same I changed him to pullups he doesn't use as many pull ups also he keeps them on occationally he'll try taking them off when I try to take a nap or something so I'll just put on a pair of pants with button and fly that a snug fitting so they stay on and he forgets about his diaper about taking it off! Hope that helps.

Brandie - posted on 05/24/2009

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yes it well be uncomfortable...my son was doing that at the same age so i startd to potty training him and he like that he got to wear big boy pant and he left them on....

Ti - posted on 05/24/2009

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if u go to pullups bug kid central, they will send u a free dvd that helps with tips if it is your first go at this.

Tonya - posted on 05/24/2009

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I have found that the store brand are often harder to get off than name brands because they don't have the tear away tabs. they are not as a bsorbant though. but they are cheaper. that only works though until the child figures out how to pull them off. (my daughter has at 21 months.)

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My girl likes to take hers off and if there is poop in there she plays with it and it's so gross. She does it all the time...grr! Now when we lay her down we make she she has a onsie on and pants. At bed time we put her in the pj's that zip up and I put a safety pin at the top so she can't unzip it. It works like a charm! Good luck!

Tonya - posted on 05/21/2009

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try putting a onesie on with snaps between the legs....if that doesn't work he may be ready to potty train. my 21 month old started that at 18 months. she is now potty trainig. although we still have lots of potty accidents she loves wearing big girl panties. She also has a sticker chart for when she does make it in the potty. She likes being a big girl and copying mom. Best of Luck!!

Lindsay - posted on 05/21/2009

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It could be the potty training, however nearly most of the time he takes off his diaper is when we just put a clean new one on him. So I'm thinking it's either potty training or he just likes running around without clothes on. Either way today we are going to start with the pull-ups and see if those can stay on him.

Oops almost forgot to ask, but is there a brand of pull-ups or diapers that any one would recommend that is hard for little toddler fingers and hands to pull on and off too easily?

Brittany - posted on 05/21/2009

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put him on a pull up..he might be telling you he ready to start to be potty trained..im getting my associate in early childhood and i never heard this. Maybe he want big boy draws because the feeling of the diaper is not comfortable to him anymore.

Lindsay - posted on 05/21/2009

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Yeah my son started around 20 months with the whole taking off his diaper. Luckily we catch it in time, so he doesn't leave a big mess. The pull-ups sounds like a good idea. I'll try to see if he can start potty training. I had a feeling he was but wasn't a 100 percent sure if he was ready. I tried the diaper backwards, but he was able to reach around and pull of the tabs. Heck I tried the duct tape where the end pieces were in the back, but he managed to get those off too. lol

Francesca - posted on 05/21/2009

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yea i would also say try potty training, always a good time to start as he's taking his nappy off all the time. good luck

Robyn - posted on 05/20/2009

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Maybe try moving to training pants (pull-ups), or underwear. He might be ready to start potty training. My little dude was in pull-ups (or store brand training pants) from around 18mos until he was fully trained at 2.5.

Mary - posted on 05/20/2009

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my son did this when he was two it can be messy .... but i just actually flipped his diaper around with the tabs in the back .... when that did not work i got pull ups because he was ready to potty train and thought he was a big boy lol good luck

Jessica - posted on 05/20/2009

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All of my sons have done this, esp. when they wanted to start using the potty. My 18th month old has been doing this so I now place him on the potty. It seems early but he has used the toilet several times. After he gets up I put his diaper on and he'll keep it on for a while.

Lindsay - posted on 05/20/2009

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Quoting Shameron:

Our oldest did this as well. When she was 8 months old, we started having her wear her sleeper backwards. The ones that did not have footies attached. When she was out for the day we found that using garments that were one whole piece and were a little more difficult to get off (overalls are awesome) helped at least slow her down.


Huh, I haven't heard of the overall idea, but it's definately worth a try. Thank you for your helpful response :)

Shameron - posted on 05/20/2009

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Our oldest did this as well. When she was 8 months old, we started having her wear her sleeper backwards. The ones that did not have footies attached. When she was out for the day we found that using garments that were one whole piece and were a little more difficult to get off (overalls are awesome) helped at least slow her down.

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