HELP! my 18 month old son is taking his nappy off at night!

Francesca - posted on 06/14/2010 ( 42 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old has begun to take his nappy off at night, when im going into him in the morning hes usually naked and has very wet sheets! any ideas on how i can stop this or some advice! except for 1 incident theyve all been wet nappies, is he ready for potty training or is he just being a typical boy?!

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Rebecca - posted on 06/26/2010

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If none of the things below work, you can get some brolly sheets - brollysheets.com.au
They come in packs of 2, they absorb the wee without it soaking through to the mattress, and you can whip it off and replace in case of a second accident.

They are great!

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Natasha - posted on 07/10/2010

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It is obviously an age thing because my son is doing the same and because he poos in the morning I have had some not so great welcomes......I just keep explaining its poo poo which needs to go in the toliet. I use pull-ups on him and put him on the loo 4-6 times a day, he has managed a few wee's but i am not rushing so maybe he feels the poo in his nappy is uncomfortable or he is just curious.

Either way he does point and say opps! so this is always very amausing for me, I dont want to be angry and make him worried about poo but then I dont want him to think its a game....it happens at least once a week and is very fustrating but then he fell doown may times before he could walk

GOD LUCK EVERYONE x x x

Tara - posted on 06/30/2010

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My son started the same thing at 16 mos. We have found that leaving his shorts on at night helps. He hasn't taken those off at night...yet. He's 18 mos now and we are going to start the petty training.

Ruth - posted on 06/28/2010

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My daughter does this so I put her to bed with shorts over the top of her nappy. She cant get them off!

Angiee - posted on 06/27/2010

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My lil man was doing the same thing. So i started using the onsies at nigh. During hte day when it is hot and all he is wearing is a diaper it goes on backwards. He also was waking up with soaked EVERYTHING so he no longer gets anything to drink for about and hour or two before bedtime. This has worked very well. GoodLuck !

Francesca - posted on 06/25/2010

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my problem has been SOLVED!!!!!!! thank u all for your replies, i tried putting the nappy on backwards and it worked!!!!!! i also put a pair of big boy pants over the top and he is unable to figure it out.....for now! he gets lots of praise when he leaves it on and a little treat after breakfast which i think he is enjoying!

Danielle - posted on 06/24/2010

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My daughter sometimes does the same thing if she wakes up poopy, Onesies really do help, maybe a sleeper sack as well. The sleeper sack would make it hard for him to get to it to take it off, and eventually he'll stop trying or forget he can do it and everything will go back to normal.

Bree - posted on 06/24/2010

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Have you tried putting his nappy on backwards?? Tabs at the back? This worked for one of my other friends babies. Hope it works for you.

Robyn - posted on 06/23/2010

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Lexi did this for a while around her first birthday. I assumed she was getting bored in her crib and she figured out how to wiggle out of her pjs and there would be a fantastic mess to clean in the morning. :) Due to our resent travels and upcoming travels, I will not start potty training Lexi until after the Christmas Holiday and her 2nd birthday... Is this too late or should I start sooner?

Elisabeth - posted on 06/23/2010

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Someone suggested to me that I put my son's diaper on backwards when he took off his diaper one afternoon last week and pooped on the living room carpet.

Kim - posted on 06/23/2010

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my daughter does the same and she's 18 months. i've started putting tight cotton pants (that are for my 2 year old) over her nappy. they are tighter than a pull up and she hasn't manged to get them off (well yet anyway).

Kristin - posted on 06/22/2010

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Oooh Ooooh... My daughter unpops the domes on her onsies too... but I made one that the last couple of inches down to the crotch are sewn, and that foils her!! She still undoes most of the rest, but she can't actually get the whole thing off. You could see if you can find one, or sew up the ones you have?

Francesca - posted on 06/22/2010

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THANK U all for ur comments! theyre are all very helpful! have never thought of putting his nappy on backwards! the 'onsies' dont work lol, he just unpops them! have bought a potty and he sits on it befor he has a bath, but everytime he has a nappy on during the day he trys to take it off! hes also mastered how to take the pull ups off too!!! the bed sheets are a good idea, might give them ago 2moro night!

Jennifer - posted on 06/22/2010

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Put pajama bottoms on him that button to the shirt...This is what I had to do with my son!

Gillian - posted on 06/21/2010

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my friends son did the same thing at that age. she would put his diaper on backwards with a small amount of duct tape over the tabs then put pants on him. it worked for her. made it too difficult for him to remove himself and gave up.

Haley - posted on 06/21/2010

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I had to use duck tape for awhile to tape my son's diaper on because he constantly was taking it off, but now he knows how to take off the duck tape! I just try to keep him in clothes where he can't reach his diaper.

Tash - posted on 06/20/2010

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My daughter started doing this some months ago, prob not indication of readiness for potty training, more the new skill of being able to undo things. My daughter is now onto undressing herself, undoing all types of zips and the sliding door lock was her new "achievement" this weekend!
When it was just the nappy i made sure i always put pants with good elastic over the top, now that its cold (here anyway) you could try some form of tights or all-in-one sleep suit (maybe a Bonds easy suit or "not-so-easy suit" as we refer to them!), otherwise a snug pair of nappy covers should do the trick, if that doesn't work i do know of someone who had to duct tape the nappy on around the waist at night or they ended up with "pretty" murals on their walls each morning!

Kristin - posted on 06/20/2010

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Hi, my daughter goes through phases of this also! Started earlier, but I think because we use Modern Cloth Nappies(MCN) A friend of mine suggested putting the daiper on backwards... her 3 year old has hers changed in the evenings when the parents go to bed, and because she's sleepy she often rolls onto her stomach, so the new daiper is put on backwards and she wakes up frustrated because she can't get it off!! Also you can get onsie pajamas that zip up the back like a wetsuit. Not sure where from, but you could google it! :) All the best with potty training! (It's winter here so not the best time for us!)

Jennifer - posted on 06/20/2010

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You mean a typical 18m old? Has nothing to do with being a boy. I put jammies on backwards, that way they can't reach the zipper.

Ebum - posted on 06/19/2010

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Hi! My son will be 18 mos next week and can you believe that he's doing the same thing!! He's actually been doing it for a couple of mos now. I'm going to buy a potty tomorrow because I believe that he's ready for it and if he can take the nappy off because he doesn't like being wet then he can tinkle in the pot... keep me posted on the progress!

Jessenia - posted on 06/19/2010

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This is such a funny thread!!! My daughter is the same age and she takes off her diapers too. tried the onsie thing, but she pulls the diaper off with the onsie still on. I just try to watch her more, good luck everyone!!!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/19/2010

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even though he is keeping the pull up on all night long and he is still waking up soaked I would suggest changing him in the middle of the night. If you go to bed 2-3 hours after he does i would change him before you went to bed. That way, even if he does pee a lot in the middle of the night, he may not be as wet the next morning. Diapers and pull up unfortunately can only hold so much. I've had some exploders in my day lol.

Aniesha - posted on 06/19/2010

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Lol, very funny. My boy (18 months also) basically ran around naked during the summer, becoz he kept on taking his nappy off. I think potty training would be a good idea though, my Mum had my little sister trained by the time she was 18 months old (given it was her 3rd child tho, so she had more experience!). I actually started with my boy when he was 10 months old using the sound association method (if that's what it's called), and we had a fair amount of success with that, but he's actually gotten worse as he's gotten older. Now he just won't stay still long enough to sit on the potty, lol.

Shanna - posted on 06/19/2010

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I had this issue. I got Huggies Overnights or Pampers Night Time in one size bigger than I need. Then I make him wear a onsie... or I put a piece of masking tape over where the tabs are. Makes it a pain getting it off in the morning, but its better than changing sheets every day.

Mandy - posted on 06/19/2010

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button-underneaths or onsies are the way to go! depending on the size of ur boy you can get bed time training nappies that are pull-ups but absorb a lot more, they are designed for bigger kids who are being toilet trained at night but do absorb heaps!

Beth - posted on 06/18/2010

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My daughter is doing the same thing except during the day...resolution: put the diaper on backwards. It works for my daughter lol

Bridget - posted on 06/18/2010

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My daughter is 18 mon and started the same thing about a month ago. I was completely dumb founded because my 2 older kids never did this!! I tried pull ups, she took them off, winter PJ's (we have central AC) she took them off, I tried pinning the winter PJs - she got the pin undone and then took them off, shorts/pants, she took them off - finally a friend suggested onsies (so simple I felt stupid for not thinking of it myself) - she can't get them off!!!! So for now, her night time diaper stays on!! I wanted to potty train during the day but we have had so much going on that I decided not to yet... Good Luck!!

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Safety pin the PJs on (zipper pulls usually have a hole, so you could probably pin it to the jammies if you tried), or safety pin the shirt to the shorts/pants. If he figures that out, you have a whole other problem. lol

Angela - posted on 06/17/2010

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my eldest boy did the same thing, he was out of nappys through the night b4 the day. vary rarely did he have accidents at night. all i can suggest is that you go with the pull ups or the bed pads, and try out the 3 day training thing, as i have heard good things about it. good luck!

Loni - posted on 06/16/2010

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Got a girl doing the same thing. She even takes her shorts off and then her diapers. She's been naked since I got home from work and she has peed in the potty! Maybe its the age....but maybe he is trying to tell you something. It's worth trying. I looked at the almanac and its a good time to potty train throught the July 4th.

User - posted on 06/16/2010

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also in the house It's not such a bad thing for kids to go around nakey. It helps speed up the potty training issue through elimination.

User - posted on 06/16/2010

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our son started that so we started potty training. its day three and except for going out and at night he uses the potty and wears undies. We have only had about 3 accidents!

Francesca - posted on 06/16/2010

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Erin & Kathy:
i put vests on him and all in 1 sleepsuits but he manages to take them off, a friend suggested pull-ups aswell, this will be the 2nd night ive used them, last night i changed him before i went to bed and when i went into him in the morning he still had the pull-up on but it was very wet, along with his sheets and himself!! but at least he still had it on!! which i suppose it a good thing?!

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I notice when my son is cold during the night he is soaked also. When the AC is on - so is the one piece winter pj. Even if he uncovers he's warm.

Erin - posted on 06/14/2010

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I think this must be common for children this age. My daughter is doing the same thing during the day. I tell her she has to wear her diaper until she goes pee pee on the potty. You may have to put some shorts on him to deter him. Do you think he could be hot?

Or you could try pull ups on him at night cause those might be harder for him to get off.

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