Preventing the great diaper escapes! I’m thankful that Lil’ Duck isn’t too bad about removing his diaper. Now, he’s been known to try it a few times, but generally leaves it on (especially surprising because he’s often just in a diaper in this heat, and because he’s always doing something to get into trouble ;)). For all the other little ones who are escapees, here are some ideas from parents and their pediatricians for keeping them IN those diapers:
- Double it! Put a regular diaper on as normal, then use another diaper one size larger over the top, fastening it backwards so it is harder for them to reach the tabs.
- Duct tape! Place a strip over the top of the diaper & the tabs, making sure that the end of the strip is in the back so it is harder to reach. For those who wiggle out of the diapers, wrap the duct tape around the stretchy sides too. Make sure it is real duct tape as other types won’t hold as well.
- Clothing helps! Dressing them in the pajamas where the shirt and pants snap together, especially if they snap in the back as well.
- I’ve had limited success with the one-piece footed sleepers for Lil’ Duck, although he can now unzip them even with the snap over the top part of the zipper. If he can’t get it off and he wants that diaper off though, he will get it off inside his outfit so that it ends up smashed down one leg. Now, that is definitely not a pretty sight if the diaper is full, as you can imagine!
- Some put the zippered sleepers on backwards or safety-pin/duct-tape the zipper to the top of the sleeper. I can’t see the backwards thing fitting properly and the idea of putting something sharp near the little one sounds scary to me. None of these solve the down-one-leg problem, but it’s worth mentioning, anyway.
Let me know if you have other ideas that work as well in the comments section below. Some people will say that escaping is one of the signs of potty-training readiness, so that’s another possibility to consider.