Young toddler sitting on the floor wearing a diaper.

4 Tricks to Stop Your Toddler From Taking Off His Diaper

Great tips for your toddler’s inevitable diaper-wearing rebellion.


By: Marisa Torrieri Bloom

If wrestling a diaper onto a boisterous toddler weren’t hard enough, try dealing with a toddler (the not-potty-training kind) who starts ripping off his diapers or refusing to wear them at all.

We had our first encounter with diaper rebellion about three months ago. My son, just shy of his second birthday, shouted, “No! No!” as I tried to put a diaper on him before bed. I tried for several minutes before giving up and letting him run free and naked down the hallway. Eventually, I was able to distract him with a Sesame Street video on my iPad, and, as he watched Elmo dance, slip a diaper and PJs on him surreptitiously.

If your toddler is ripping off his diaper, the good news is your wee one may be ready for potty training in the near future. The bad news is that you can’t just let him roam free, sans diaper, without some consequences (pee on your nice hardwood floors, or worse!).

In the meantime, try a few of these slick tactics moms have used successfully.

1. Put PJs on backwards. If pajamas aren't enough to keep your kid from getting to his or her diaper, put your toddler’s PJs on backwards so your little one won’t be able to unzip or unsnap them. If the PJs have feet, cut them out and let your toddler wear socks or go to bed barefoot.

2. Distract him. Showing my son a video was enough to get him to calm down and wear his diaper, but that’s not the only way to get your toddler’s mind off being changed. Plenty of moms I know have used videos on their phones, little picture books, and even funny dance moves to get toddlers out of diaper-tantrum mode. Sometimes it also helps to wait until you’ve been distracting your toddler for 5 or 10 minutes to attempt to re-diaper him so he has a chance to calm down.

Registration

Become a member of P&G everyday and get exclusive offers!

Become a member

3. Break out the duct tape. Duct tape, which is typically coated in polyethylene, is much more secure than the stickies on regular diapers. Medical tape also works well.

More from P&G everyday: 8 Things Every Toddler Mom Must Have in Her Diaper Bag

4. Use sleep sacks. When my friend Jennifer’s 2-year-old started taking off his diapers during naptime, she started putting him in extra-large sleep sacks. It added one more layer of difficulty in taking off the sack, pants, and diaper. If that isn’t enough, try putting the sleep sack on backwards, so it’s harder to remove.

Whatever tactics you choose, remember that this behavior won’t last forever. Around the time my friend Hester’s twins started to dress themselves, they got a case of diaper rebellion and started tearing off their diapers and dispersing contents. Several times a day she’d have to rely on other techniques to keep their diapers on (distraction, wrestling, etc.), but having patience and knowing it would end eventually -- and it did, six weeks later -- helped her keep her head.

Is your toddler removing his or her diaper? What tricks have you tried that worked or what didn’t work?



Marisa Torrieri Bloom is a freelance writer and guitar teacher who lives with her husband and two young sons in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Image ©iStock.com/cometary

Complete your personal information

Please fill in the information marked with an asterisk to proceed; if you want to get tailored offers and content, don't forget to fill in the optional fields.

Tina

Tina

Reported

My son used to undress all the time and I found this toddler rompers with a back zipper. He is three years old now and he is still wearing them. The company is Terrible 2’s Solutions and this is the website https://terrible2s.com

  • Report it
Julie

Julie

Reported

My grandson is at the stage where he sometimes won't cooperate getting changed. We play does this go there and put the article of clothing on the wrong body part do the socks go on the nose? No, on the arm? No Then he starts to giggle and shows me the right place to put the item. This has worked with all articles of clothing even diapers. It also keeps me from getting frustrated and I have as much fun as he does if not more.

  • Report it
Margo E

Margo E

Reported

Are you looking for a reliable and a good spell caster to bring back your ex boyfriend a divorce with the help of Dr Sambo Email: divinespellhome@gmail.com

  • Report it