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The Stripper in My House

Little Girl is dexterous. This is a problem.

Yes, she is day potty-trained, but I still put a diaper on her for naps and at night. Seems she doesn’t like wearing a diaper ever, so she’s been taking off her sleep sack and tossing the diaper onto the floor. No big deal when it’s naptime. She stays dry most days. BIG problem at night, though. There have been a couple of evenings where she’s done this and I’ve had to deal with wet sheets in the morning. Weird thing: the sheet has only been wet in one spot, so I am thinking maybe she does hold it all night and she goes when she wakes up? Anyway…

Today or maybe last night — who knows — she pulled a really fast one. She took off her sleep sack, took off her pajama pants, took off the diaper, and then put her pants and sleep sack back on. Even zipped up the sleep sack. I heard Chris when he went in this morning. “Where is your diaper? How did you get everything back on? Are you kidding me?” Her clothing was dry. The diaper, tossed on the floor, was a little wet. I guess we won’t know when she did it, but it begs the question: What do I do about my little quick change artist? How do I keep the diaper on her at night?

She turns two at the end of next month. I suppose we could try going diaper-less, but Little Girl is still in a crib and will be for the foreseeable future so how would it work if she had to go to the bathroom? I can’t have that crazy baby walking around the house in the middle of the night. And I don’t think she’s going to be like Big Girl. We told her, “if you need to get out of your bed you have to call Mommy and Daddy.” “Okay, Mommy,” she said. And she kept true to her promise until she turned FIVE! With Little Girl it would be something like, “(Waking up in the middle of the night) Chris, Chris, I think someone is in the house!” We’d both go investigate and find her in the kitchen playing Play-doh or babies or eating a banana at 2 a.m. Yes, she’s a good sleeper, but with a little freedom, I don’t know if that would remain the case.

So I’m asking: What would you do? How do I keep my kid safe and dry and all of us happy and sleeping?

Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s guest post! I did. How’s your week going? Mine is flying by too quickly as usual.

5 Responses to “The Stripper in My House”

  1. JessieLeigh says:

    Well, I tend to have late potty trainers, so I may be the worst person to offer advice… but have you tried those fabric training pants? The ones that are thicker and much more absorbent than underpants, but feel more like undies? Maybe she’d be happier in that and more likely to keep them on… I’m not positive that they’d stop all leaks, but they’d definitely minimize them.

  2. Sharon Waldrop says:

    I”m laughing as I read this, remembering those days! My daughter Kymberlie spent about a year and a half naked because no matter what I put on her, she stripped. Thank goodness she did this only when we were at home! My challenge was keeping her dressed when we had company.

  3. Melissa says:

    Good question! My mom has pictures of me as a baby ripping my diaper off – I was also a fan of being a naked baby evidently. What we did with my daughter was to put the diaper on backwards, which worked at first. She was in cloth and so it was harder to undo the diaper. Of course she figured that out and so we ended up using a wool diaper cover that had a tie on it. My mom made it and so a) she couldn’t take the entire tie out (strangulation hazard) and b) the part that was left out was small. This enabled us to tie it, Ava couldn’t untie it to get her diaper off, but if by chance she could it wouldn’t pose a risk to her.

    However, a determined kiddo with nothing but time on her hands is going to succeed with her plans eventually…good luck momma!

  4. Amy says:

    So I am potty training my third right now…. and a few things that have worked or not with my others: Pull-ups, not so much.. at least not with either of my older two, neither wanted to wear them so it was a fight and not worth the effort! One thing that I tried with my second that really worked with him was taking him to the potty before we went to bed, he no longer wanted to wear a diaper to bed, so we would just carry him into the bathroom, let him do his business and put him back to bed. About 2-3 months he was trained and I was on a new sleeping pattern, but I got back into my old one and he has had maybe 1 accident since. Hope that helps a little….

  5. Shari G says:

    I would put a pull up on her and an undershirt that snaps. She may still take it off but stick with it and eventually she might decide to move on to other things. I would much rather have to change a wet sheet in the morning then take her to the bathroom all night long- or worse- at 6:30 am or something.

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