How can I stop my 21 mth old from stripping naked every night?

Callie - posted on 07/29/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Every morning for the last 2 weeks, I have found my son Alex stark naked in his cot. No cloths, no nappy, the yesterday morning, he had pooped and it was EVERYWHERE!!!!! And that was after I put his nappy on backwards. Tonight he has gone to bed with the nappy on backwards and stapled. But I know he'll be without cloths in the morning. I wouldn't worry about it so much if it was summer, but being winter and freezing cold, and with him waking before 5 most mornings, I don't want to run the risk of him getting sick. My older 2 liked stripping nappies off in summer, but never stripped cloths AND nappy off, during winter. Anyone have any suggestions?

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whoever said backwards is brilliant! Seriously. My baby started stripping at 15 months and I NEVER thought to put them on backwards. I am kicking myself. so smart!

Amy - posted on 08/13/2010

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My son was doing the same thing EVERY morning. We ended up transitioning him into a toddler bed and it hasn't happened since. I think that it was just because he would wake up in his crib and couldn't find anything else to do before he would wake us up. Now when he wakes up, he gets out of bed and plays quietly in his room until we come get him for breakfast. The best part is that he is sleeping better through the night and when we get him in the morning...still wearing his clothes and diaper!!! Good luck!!

Toni - posted on 08/11/2010

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I found Bonds Wondersuits r great as there is no button, press studs or zips for them to undo they work on my son as the only opening is the slit at the back

Sarah - posted on 08/10/2010

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I am having the exact same problem with my 22 month old daughter. She can also get out of everything, so i have resorted to using nappy pins to stop her undoing her poppered vests and onesies. it amazes me that they can totally strip of within a matter of seconds! lol

Kylie - posted on 08/09/2010

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our 22 mth old sometimes does this... our 3yr old did do this until i started a rewards chart. stars for good behaviour and black crosses for stuff not done or not good..

staying in pj's, eating meals, letting me know when pants need changing...toileting, going to bed/sleep without fuss (too much) these get gold stars. taking clothes/nappies or playing with poops black crosses.. and make a BIg fuss over gold stars. [i actually started this on paper with ticks and crosses, but have now ruled up cardboard, 1 sheet divided in half does 2 kids) helped the 3yr old to keep clothes on.. still working on 22 mth old... its worth the try...



oh yeah, overalls help too and we're toilet training a bit too.. waiting til summer for real stuff.. have you got him in nappies or training pants, we're in training pants.

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User - posted on 09/10/2012

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My daughter has been doing this for a while and she is now 2,apparently it means that she is ready for potty training but I'm not.We are expecting a baby in 2 weeks so I don't have the patience.I am going to try again in a few months then hopefully I will be in a routine with the baby so I can concentrate on her again.

Tracy - posted on 08/09/2010

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Duct tape over the tabs and well past the sides, this works well all day long. It may not stop them but it does slow them down enough so hopefully catch them. At night I use a zipper sleeper zip it up tight and then fold the zipper over then safety pin it in two places. This works well because they can't get to the zipper and it snugs up the neckline a little bit (mine has managed to squeeze out the neck safety pins and everything still in place). Good luck.

Nancy - posted on 08/09/2010

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duct tape on the nappy and full body pajamas on backwards so he can't reach the zipper. No footies, since you can't put those on backwards. good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 08/09/2010

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We put our 21 mo. old's zippered pj's on backwards! Works like a charm.

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LOL after getting to the bottom of all the comments my only thought left was put Alex in a double lined sleeping suit so that he can still walk and move his legs and then sew the top up with just a 2 or 3 tacks. Be stern with him and tell him it's winter and he must keep it on. My first son was in do-up singlets until he was 2.5yrs because he constantly scratched his belly. But he never undid them and we were lucky.
Good luck and hopefully a good idea is close now.

Eva - posted on 08/08/2010

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my husband suggested sewing up the end of the zipper to the pyjamas every night... but its just a speculation, lol

Helen - posted on 08/07/2010

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Have you tried Grobags? Mine have all slept in them until they've moved into a bed. When they've figured out zips, we've pinned them shut with a nappy pin. We use cloth nappies which are more difficult to whip off too.

Callie - posted on 08/06/2010

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LOL... duct tape. I like that idea. I have some electrical tape lying around somewhere. I might give that a go tonight. If he's silly enough to take his cloths off in the middle of winter, then tough bikkies if he gets cold, but at least with the tape, I won't be cleaning brown smears off everything within his reach. lol.

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My 21-month-old daughter is doing the same thing. It must be the age given all these responses. She unsnaps everything, including the onesie, and undoes the diaper. It mostly happens when she has pooed and wants to get it off. So far she just lies there with the diaper undone. Or I have been lucky. I like the suggestions posted below. Maybe duct tape will work. LOL

Charlie - posted on 08/06/2010

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I went crazy when my daughter was doing a similar thing. Until I found this combo:
Wahmies cloth diapers makes them with plastic hook enclosures. They're tricky to get off, but that means they're impossible for baby to get off! :)
Then, get a sleeper with a zipper. You can try putting it on him inside out, but that might not be good enough. I say put it on him backward and use a safety pin for babies through the eye of the zipper pull and onto the sleeper itself.

Good luck! lol

Teresa - posted on 08/05/2010

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There was also a time when my now 21 month old was younger and he liked removing his clothes including his diapers a lot. It has become like a game or contest for us because I rush to put them back afraid that he would urinate or poop. I noticed that he does it whenever left alone. It was like his way of telling me not to leave him in his crib. I no longer remember how we dealt with it but I'm certain it's just a phase. Hope it passes soon for you. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 08/05/2010

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My son has started doing the same thing. I use duct tape to keep his diaper on. I just make sure that the ends come together in the back and not the front. Makes diaper changes take a touch longer but I'd rather do that than end up with messes.

Callie - posted on 08/05/2010

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I'm planning on toilet training him come september, it's winter now and it's flipping cold. too cold for toilet training. I've really only got a month and a bit, but it's such a pain having to clean up the cot every morning. lol.

Jessica - posted on 08/05/2010

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My son is 21 months and he does the same thing during the day....He's alright at night so far....But have you tried potty training? I've found that my son is doing better now he is. Now he almost only strips when he either needs to go to the potty or already has....Other than that I don't have any other advice...But you are definitely not alone. :)

Elizabeth - posted on 08/04/2010

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Mine also strips but not at night, she will strip during the day I think it is just a phase and it will definitely pass. Good luck!

Callie - posted on 08/04/2010

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Thank you. It's always so nice to know that you're not the only one suffering through something as (more often than not) revolting as this. lol.

Jennifer - posted on 08/04/2010

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My daughter has been doing the exact same thing. We have done the onsies with some success. She mostly doesnt like clothes but we have had the poop problem too. I dont have any advice or help but just want you to know you are not alone and it will end.

Margaret Emi - posted on 08/04/2010

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my son is 22mths as well he dose that too.l think is just their time or the weather. they will get over it.me think.

Callie - posted on 08/03/2010

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Unfortunately, he has got the zippers figured out too. Even the ones with the button at the top. He's just too darn cluey for his own good. lol

Tiffany - posted on 08/03/2010

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Gerber has sleepers with zippers. Mine hasn't figured those out yet. He likes being naked too.

Callie - posted on 08/02/2010

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Believe it or not, he gets out of onesies too. Even when I put them on him backwards. I don't know how he does it, but he does. The kid is a houdini. lol.

Jeneva - posted on 08/01/2010

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My daughter did that for a time and I put her back in onesies. She got over it after a month or so. The worst is when they poop, I hope it doesn't last much longer for you.

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