How do I stop my 2 yr old daughter from taking her diaper off everytime she goes to sleep?

Melanie - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 75 moms have responded )

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I have no idea what to do. She's a great girl, but lately she's driving me crazy b/c all I'm doing is washing her sheets. She sleeps through the night, or at least doesn't wake us up. However, sometimes when she takes her nap or goes to sleep at night she'll take her diaper off. I just don't know what to do. My mother said to duct tape it and my mother-in-law said to put her in zip up pajamas. (The pajamas won't work b/c she knows how to get out of them. Any advice would be great!

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Carolyn - posted on 02/19/2010

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Duct tape sound good lol. I agree with the zip up Pajamas but put them on backward. just make sure it doesnt choke her.

Kelly - posted on 02/23/2010

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Hi there, I would recommend using the nappy pants, most brands make them now.They are made for toddlers that don't like nappies or wont stay still to put one on. lol. They go on like undies. I told my son (3yrs) that they are special sleeping pants. I am in the process of toilet training but he didn't want to wear a nappy to bed. its a great solution. They cost around the same for a packet of nappies and are cheeper then training pants. Hope it helps. good luck

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Hi, I can completely sympathize with you. My son used to do that to me all the time. I tried onesies, putting the diaper on backwards and ducktape, but everything only worked once. Then I found a product on the internet called Cheekee Baby - look on cheekeebaby.com. They're pants with a velcro "belt" that you put over the diapers and the kids can't take the diaper off. And it works! It saved me a lot of headaches and laundry duty. My son wasn't able to take the pants off at all and he outgrew that stage luckily.

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Amanda - posted on 02/23/2010

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You have a very smart lil girl! She can take off all those clothes:) Apparently my mother tells me that when I was lil I used to hold my dirty diaper over the edge of the crib waiting for her. You could try cutting down on her liquids after dinner time...less pee. And another suggestion is a draw sheet...you know like the ones they have in the hospital, they sell them at toys r us...I used it for my daughter when she was tiny to catch the spit up so I didn't have to strip the whole bed.

Mirdza - posted on 02/23/2010

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Perhaps it's her way of telling her that diapers are making her hot and uncomfortable and its time for potty training and pull up pants :) It's definitely a good time to get her to go to the bathroom before going to bed and getting her into "big girl" diapers/pants

Fallon - posted on 02/23/2010

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i have the same problem with my daughter who is 2 in april. i put knickers over the top of her nappy or if shes having a night where she doesnt want it on at all i put her in a ballet suit like bathers then she cant take it off or get into it =) pull up nappies are better to use rather than the sticky ones harder to get off for wandering fingers ;) hope my advise helps

Susie - posted on 02/23/2010

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at night i would put on pull up its a sign thats shes getting ready for potty training

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she sounds very clever...what about a waterproof pad or those old fashioned plastic panties? putting the pjs on backwards is a great idea...I used to do that too, but you have to cut the feet off for it to work! Although duct tape is a a good idea, think about all the nights you will have to use it....you'd go through a roll pretty fast (esp. knowing all the great uses for it in general!) She might be ready to potty train, so she might really enjoy having some really cute pullups or undies with her favorite characters on them. Just an idea :)

Nina - posted on 02/22/2010

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try putting her nappie on backwards then she cant get to the tabs, it mite work c how u go!

Carrie - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son does that on occassion I put pants on him. Try getting PJ zip ups with the snaps that go over the zipper up at top.

Amy - posted on 02/22/2010

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Try putting it on backwards that is what the girl next door to me does with her one year old and it works. Its alittle harder to put on but it works.

Nicole - posted on 02/22/2010

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My girlfriend would put the pj's on backwards. I have a water proof sheet that goes across the bed right where they sleep (One Step Ahead I think) so you do not have to change the whole bed if she does get everything off. You just take it off and wash it, they remind me of the pads from the hospital except they are long enough to wrap under the mattress. Good Luck!

Kristi - posted on 02/22/2010

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Have you considered starting to potty train? Maybe she's trying to tell you something!

Sumaiya - posted on 02/22/2010

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Have you thought about potty training yet??? I know its a great chore but maybe she is ready and its a sign. Some kids can show signs early!! Try it one weekends or during the day and take her to the potty after every meal and reward her with something after. See if it works. Watch for the signs and read some books on it. Good Luck!!!

Mandy - posted on 02/22/2010

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My daughter only started taking her diaper off at night since we started potty training during the day, I just make sure that she has used the potty just before bed. Then when she is sleeping I will go in to her room and make sure she has it on, and put one on if needed. Although during nap time I put it back on her, and she hasn't tried taking it off either. She was 2 in October.... and has been very excited about wearing big girl panties during the day, I let her pick out what she wanted, and she loves picking which one she wants to wear for the day!!

Amber - posted on 02/22/2010

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I use tape to keep my son's diaper on when he goes to bed. But rather than duct tape I use clear packing tape it is easier to pull off when it is time to change the diaper. My son has been taking his diaper off in bed sinces he was able to unzip his PJs. He is almost 2 and is nowhere near ready for potty training yet.

Jessica - posted on 02/22/2010

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I'm not sure where you are from or what sort of nappies/diapers you are using but have you tried pull ups?? We have them here in Australia so I would assume that you would have them too. They are nappy pants. They don't have the taps that do up you just put them on like underwear. They may or may not help it just depends on how she is taking her nappy off.

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2010

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try puting a pull up on her instead, they are still absorbant if she wets it but way harder for a toddler to pull off on her own. if then dosent work, cut the feet out of footy jammies and zip them up her back insted of the frunt then she wont be able to get out of them!

Felicia - posted on 02/21/2010

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Ever try one of those pull ups? It might be a little harder for her to take off seeing how it doesn't have the tape. My youngest son, who is now 13 wouldn't keep on diapers or anything else for that matter. I don't know about using a pin...she could hurt herself if it accidentally came open.

Annie - posted on 02/21/2010

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pull up nappies and a vest with the poppers.. my son does the same so i put him back in vests and he hasnt yet worked out how to take it off hehe x

Kayla - posted on 02/21/2010

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my oldest daughter will be 2 in april. she doesnt take off her diaper at night just during the day when we are all awake when she goes to the potty...i tried everything but she knows how to take her clothes off as well so any help u get let me know

Kayla - posted on 02/21/2010

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Well that would work to I would think but than if she has a lot done by morning it may be leaking out so that still don't say on the mess.

Monica - posted on 02/21/2010

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Our pediatrician suggested putting it on backwards - so the tabs are in the back.

Kayla - posted on 02/21/2010

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My friend had the same problem, Her little girl would take her pamper off and I am sure, because you are going through the same thing you know about the mess that it makes. She just got some one piece pajamas and put them on her with the button up top and she hasn't done it since.

Marie - posted on 02/21/2010

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maybe she is ready to cum out of them if she is taking them off for bed just but a water proof cover under her and see how she goes

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2010

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As a daughter of a daycare provider for over 20 yrs and a mom, myself, to 3 children. This is the best I can give you.....DUCT TAPE and or PUT THE DIAPER ON BACKWARDS.....and or do both!!!!! If duct tape can't fix it, nothing can!!! Good luck! Also, at two years old she should be getting ready to potty train. Does she undo her diapers during the day. If so, she is ready. Good luck and only you know your child and what will work best!

Kristin - posted on 02/20/2010

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I have not had this problem but I have friends that have. I know someone that put on sleepers backwards so that her son could not unzip his pjs.

Rita - posted on 02/20/2010

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I found that when my daughter started doing this she was ready to be potty trained. I would try to have her start sitting on the potty right before she goes to bed and right before her naps...I rewarded with some small treat when she did. It was really hard at first but eventually it seemed to work for me. It will take some time, but be patient because this is a long road to go down.

Lorie - posted on 02/20/2010

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My son use to do that all the time.
I put him in full p.j's and put them on backwards so he couldn't get them off.
good luck

Amber - posted on 02/20/2010

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My daughter was really bad for this as well! I was washing bedding twice a day for months! Not to mention I would have to bath her after every nap or sleep because once she got the diaper off she would play in her poop and end up covered! She also enjoyed 'painting' on the wall with it!
I did try putting underwear over the diaper and I also tried using Pull ups (the ones without tabs). She couldn't actually get the diaper off this way but she did continue to stick her hand down the front of it and muck in it that way, although definitely not as messy!

Good luck!

Desirae - posted on 02/20/2010

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Sorry... I have to laugh... I actually (yes, I am a hick) put a piece of duct tape far enough over the velcro flaps that she couldn't reach it to open it (making sure it was not rubbing on her skin of course)... about a week later she quit thinking about it and stopped taking it off... I forgot about that and I am seriously laughing my 'a double s' off at myself right now!

Rebecca - posted on 02/20/2010

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I have never heard of this before! i find it somewhat amusing and look forward to possibly going through it myself! My daughter is only 7.5 months. Good luck!

Cynthia - posted on 02/19/2010

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It is potty training time she is tellign you something try to keep jammas on her at night that she can not get to her diaper and then start trying to prolong the diaper removal during the day and introducing the potty and make the night time diaper a treat to her and she will keep it on.

Michelle - posted on 02/19/2010

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You can also try putting on a onsie underneath the pj's. It might make it a little harder to get to. The backwards thing sounds good. My son does the same thing. It's driving me crazy too. We're at the very beginning of potty training.

Katy - posted on 02/19/2010

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I agree with pull ups, backwards pajamas, and I also used overalls on my daughter. I know they are not very cute and stylish but they are harder to take off :)

Casey - posted on 02/19/2010

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My daughter started taking off her diaper around the time she was getting interested in using the toilet. Some people say that when children take off their diaper, it means they are ready to be potty trained. It worked for me, she was completely potty trained at 28 months, and has never wet the bed. I stopped using diapers,and only used pull-ups during potty training. It only took me 4 wks. to potty train her. I would say she's ready to start potty training.

Hayley - posted on 02/19/2010

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my suggestions is making her wear an undertop that have popper on them if she can still undo them, get a waterproof protector and let her wet the bed she wont like it and she will learn not to take her nappie off. she also might be ready to start potty training..

DeAnn - posted on 02/19/2010

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I agree with the potty training idea. She obviously doesn't like the feel of wet diaper against her skin and at 2 years old you will probably be pretty successful at potty training especially if she's already taking off the diaper herself and putting her leggings back on like you said. You can get waterproof pads for her bed to keep it from getting messed up during training. Unfortunately there's not a lot you can do other than what's suggested here already, she's 2 they don't call it the terrible 2's for nothing!

Amy - posted on 02/19/2010

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A trick I heard from my sister...put on footie jammies backwards (twist the feet around). She used to care for her niece who would take it off at naptime and play with it. Tape worked a few times until she got the hang of ripping it off too. So she went with the pajamas backwards until she was potty trained. Hope that helps!

Lyn - posted on 02/19/2010

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if it's just a regular diaper get pull ups, if it's pull up put her in 2 piece pajamas or go with the zipper and safety pin in idea! Good luck!

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put it on backwards. if that doesn't work then put a little duct tape across the tabs together, but make sure it doesn''t touch her skin as that will hurt coming off and irritate her skin

Kihra-Leigh - posted on 02/18/2010

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my 9 month old likes to take off his nappy my mum told me to put it on backwards and that works great. or i got these nappy-pants they are like pull-up's but for babies huggies have them and they are great aswell or try putting a pair of nickers over the her nappy. thats will work too.

Heather - posted on 02/18/2010

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If she is pulling her diaper off she is ready to be potty trained and I would start now cause it only gets tougher.

Emma - posted on 02/18/2010

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my daughter used to do this too, i started potty training her during the day and used practice knickers or pull ups with normal kids knickers over the top and told her they were big girls knickers. she loved wearing them because she thought she were a big girl therefore didnt take them off at night. hope this helps x

Corinne - posted on 02/18/2010

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Sounds like potty training time. one of the major signs of being ready to potty training is undressing themselves. Good Luck.

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