Naptime is always Messy!!!!

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Naptime is always Messy!!!!
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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 2:42pm

Ok, I hope my son isn't

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Fri, 06-10-2011 - 10:32pm

Wow, sorry this must be exhausting for you. Since he's almost 2.5 perhaps a punishment for him doing this might work, such as no TV for a day or taking away something else he enjoys. He is old enough to understand what he is doing is not acceptable. You have to discover what will be a deterrent to doing this type of behavior. The only other tricks I know of is to duct tape all the way around the waist of the diaper and put a footless sleeper on backwards, zipped all the way up with a piece of duct tape over the top of the zipper.

Another idea would be to sit in his room until he falls asleep, then of course, listen to the monitor for when he wakes up. Or could you delay the nap until after he fills his pants & you could change him.

Cathie, mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs, Libby 2 yrs
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Sat, 06-11-2011 - 8:22pm
Wow - I can not even imagine how frustrating this might be for you. My son never played in his poop, and the one time he pooped and pulled his diaper off he stepped in it and ground it into the carpet and stood there screaming for me to get it off his foot (that was at about 18 months). I guess it was traumatic for him, he takes after his daddy and likes everything very tidy.

Have you tried putting on a pull up over his regular diaper? That might help prevent him from getting it off. Other than that, the sleeper on backward might work, but really I would sit down and talk to him about it, he's at the age now that he can start understanding things pretty well, so you could try telling him that if he poops in his bed he is going to have to take a shower (my son hated showers at that age) or a bath if that's what he doesn't like.

Playing with poop, he could get e-coli or something nasty, so maybe emphasizing that when he does this he has to get a really good scrub down in the shower with soap and a wash cloth and everything would help be a deterrent.

Good luck!
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Sun, 06-12-2011 - 10:17am

Hi- my sister had this problem with her older son.

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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 9:51am
OH, we JUST went through this with my son a few months ago. He'd take off his diaper at every nap or bedtime. It was so frustrating.

Here's what we did....

Bedtime we put a sleeper on backwards. It worked like a charm! At nap time we put a onesie on him. He wasn't able to unsnap the onesie so it worked great. A few times we didn't have either clean so I used packing tape right over his diaper all the way around his waist. Eventually he realized he wasn't going to be able to do anything and he lost interest. Here we are 3 months later and we no longer have to do any of this. He leaves his diaper on without problem!

Good luck to you. It's so frustrating but hopefully you'll find something that works for you. Keep us posted!

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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 2:05pm

Duct tape worked for a few days, but somehow he figured out how to get it off, tried punishing him, he thinks its funny and smiles everytime. He has been down for his nap for an hour now. I been checking on him every five minutes, and the diaper has been off 4 times, poop once, I caught him as soon as he started rubbing it on himself. Didnt have any summer jammies that zipped or buttoned so I cut some of his winter ones, we will see how this works. I wish he would grow outta this already!!!

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Thu, 06-30-2011 - 12:19pm
Oh my goodness! You have one smart cookie on your hands! I think cutting off the winter jammies is your only option at this point. Hopefully turning those backwards will help. I also know one mom that would use a safety pin to pin the pull portion of the zipper to the jammies. That eliminated her ability to pull the zipper down all together. Good luck with this- I hope you get some relief soon!