A Year of Twins Taking Off Their Diapers

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As our children grow, we often amazed at all the new and amazing things they can do – the first babble, the first smile, the first roll, the first laugh, the first crawl, the first steps. All of it! It’s awesome. Even funny things, like the first time your child eats grass, or the first time they fart. But, somethings, while we are amazed at their new skill and exploration, are not so funny or great when they become repeated habits.  The habit that wasn’t so cute and adorable after the first time?: my child taking off their diaper.

It was at about 13 months that my little Lisa discovered that she could remove those Velcro tabs on her disposable diaper (note: this might be a great reason to use cloth – I hear they aren’t as easy for little ones to remove themselves). While we were slightly impressed (look at those fine motor skills!), we didn’t want it happening again. I didn’t want to clean up the mess that resulted from this new skill very often! So, we just made sure she always had pants on.

Problem solved, right?


My daughter Lisa proved to be a Houdini of taking off her diaper, no matter what we tried. Shortly after making her wear pants at all times, she learned how to take off her pants, and then her diaper.Twins Taking Off Their Diapers (for a year!) - How to stop a child from taking off their diapers at nap time. We next tried making sure she always had a onesie on, but she soon learned how to unsnap the crotch, or just simple reach up those leg holes and undo the Velcro on her diaper.

At this point, we began to ask around for advice. We were first time parents and were getting a little overwhelmed with the endless soiled clothes and crib sheets. So, we tried a few more things.

It was repeated recommended to us that we put pants on underneath her onesie. Sounds genius right? Oh, but not for my daughter! She’s got talent and determination!  Would you believe that after trying this winning combination, I came in after nap to find that she was still fully dressed, pants still on, onesie still snapped, but diaper off! How? HOW?! Only God knows for sure!

So, after this we realized that onesies were not the solution. We had to get more creative. We tried safety-pinning zipped pajamas closed (though always worried they’d undo it and poke themselves, plus it always meant they had to have zippered jammies on during nap time, which essentially meant changing clothes more, which just didn’t happen…). And we tried pajamas put on backwards (by far the most effective), but not a great option during those hot summer months (and our limited supply of zippered pajamas).

Other things we tried were pull-ups (nope!) and bribes (keep your diaper on during nap and I’ll give you a treat!). We also attempted potty training: I’ll write about that in another post.

The most common thing we ended up doing? Duct Tape. You betcha. We would tear the duct tape in half, and put it over the front Velcro part of their diapers at every diaper change. And it worked!  For a while. Soon, they learned how to remove the duct tape off their diapers too. Oh, yeah, did I forget to mention that a few months into this diaper removing trick, my other daughter also began doing it too? Because, that totally happened. I had two diaper removing twins to deal with every. single. day.

But, we were willing to give duct tape another go.  This time we put a thin strip of duct tape all the way around their diapers. This worked very well, most of the time. The hard part about duct tape wrapped all the way around the diaper is that it’s harder to take off – for the parents. But, they stayed on, most of the time… A few times they managed to undo the tape, or wiggle out of their diapers.

I was very happy when my twins stopped taking off their diapers as often. I was glad that I could stop buying rolls of duct tape (we went through at least two) and didn’t have to remember to bring duct tape with us for the babysitter. I was also very glad when they decided to potty train and we could just say goodbye to diapers in general.

Because twins taking off their diapers for a year, a solid year, was… horrible. There I said it.

Here’s a recap of the nine ways to keep your child’s diapers on!

  1. Keep pants on them.
  2. Keep Onesie on them.
  3. Put pants underneath a Onesie.
  4. Safety-pin pajamas.
  5. Put pajamas on backward.
  6. Pull-Ups
  7. Bribes
  8. Potty Training
  9. Duct Tape

And one I forgot? Put the diapers on backward, tabs in the back. Also didn’t work.

Did your twins, triplets, or singleton ever go through this diaper removing stage? What did you do? How did you cope?

ldskatelyn is the owner of What’s up Fagans? a blog all about living each day better.  Passionate about family, parenting, faith, and life, Katelyn shares the simple things she does to make her family life better: from great books she’s read, to preschool lessons she’s taught, to date nights she’s had with her husband, to ways she makes ends meet, she shares it all with her simple, honest blog. Katelyn is a SAHM to twin 3.5 year old g/g twins and a 7 month old baby boy. Follow What’s up Fagans? on Facebook, twitter, pinterest, and google+.

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Katelyn is a stay-at-home mom to three year old fraternal twin girls, Lisa and Alison, and a brand new baby boy, named Michael. She is enjoying having a newborn again and also loving the dynamics (so far) of having kids of different ages. When Katelyn isn’t playing or taking care of her kids, she’s often reading a book, blogging, watching a movie, or taking care of business. She’s also a talented artist, a Sunday School teacher to a group of 6-year old kids, a supportive spouse to her graduate student/math teacher husband, and a musician. She works hard to have a clean house, great preschoolers, and a happy home. She shares bits of advice and much of her life over at her personal blog What’s up Fagan’s?

19 thoughts on “A Year of Twins Taking Off Their Diapers”

  1. My boys did the same thing! It was awful. For those going through it, I recommend buying fancy pjs, like the little sleeper keepers. They zip up the back, and have a triple snap closure over the zip. the money and shipping was well worth not scrubbing poop off the walls, floor, beds, babies every single day. I think I have ptsd. and i don’t work for the pj company!

    1. Ha. Yes ptsd. :) Good tip on the PJs! Might be better than us just zipping em up backwards. It didn’t work so great when they had footies (though we have cut off some of the footies on some jammies before).

      1. Can I PLEASE have the website for Those fancy PJs I have 2 yr old b/g twins and it is a daily struggle with them and their pullups … I have tried everything to get them to stop even started them on pull ups when they started doing this at 14 months old !!! They do it atleast 20 times a day or more and these PJs you speak of may be the ticket for us.. we have even tried potty training but they just seem disinterested so we think maybe they aren’t ready but hopefully soon they will be … This diaper removal mumbo jumbo has got me having nightmares (jk lol) !! Thank you in advance

  2. Found you at Babies & Beyond link-up, and found this very enjoyable to read! I giggled the whole time! Not because of what you’re experiencing, but because I’ve been there…well, not with multiples, but multiple times with my children. Right now, my 16 month old is peacefully leaving her diaper on, but my fourth child (now 3 y/o) was a master at getting out of her diaper regularly. I totally get it with the clothes thing! How do they get out of their clothes so early in life? Like you said, fascinating, but frustrating. :) We found success with duct tape as well. Thank you for sharing this! :)

  3. Yup. I did my share of pinning the top of the blanket sleepers closed.

    One of my current littles opens her diaper almost every nap time, but leaves it on. I just find the tabs… not where I put them. It’s weird. I’ve started making sure to put her down in a cloth diaper instead of disposable. Not sure what she’s doing in there!

  4. This was such a frustrating problem for me, too, My oldest, who used BOTH cloth (just as easy to remove, especially when wet) and disposable. At Shon’s first real trick-or-treating Halloween, one of the neighbors came to the door and yelled back to his wife, “Look honey, it’s Shon, and he is wearing clothes!” He was even brought home naked by the UPS man once…..OMG what memories! the thing that worked best for us was overalls backwards. When it was hot, he could wear a thin t-shirt under, and we made cutoffs as well. Never thought of Duct Tape, but I am sure it would have been beneficial to have it! Deb @ Kneaded Creations

  5. This is too funny! Aaaah the ingenuity of a child! I don’t have twins but my children are very close in age (2, 4 and 6) and still I never faced this issue. Reading how many ways you attempted to outwit your twins I’m glad I didn’t because I probably would have simply given up! Thanks for sharing!

  6. My 6 month old has learned to unvelcro his cloth diapers! He finds it so rewarding! I will change his diaper, put on a new one, take the dirty one to the pail and in that amount of time he has unvelcro-ed his diaper and has flipped to his belly. Quick as a fly. And when I try to diaper him again, he squirms and protests so we just end up having naked time.

    I have a feeling this will only become a recurring trend as he grows. May have to go ahead and put some duct tape in the changing station. Ha Ha! Cloth is no exception in the diaper removal by wearer. Snaps are slightly more difficult, but as persistent as this child is, he will know how to undo them in no time.

    Heaven bless you for dealing with not only one doing that, but two!

  7. I have twin daughter and at about 8 months old they started taking their diapers off, during nap and bed time and throwing them over their crib. Mind you this was usually a clean dry diaper, so you can just imagine what we sometimes would wake up to. My trick was putting their diaper on backwards and wearing romper pj’s and lots of praises when they woke up with their diaper still on.

  8. Not really…although when my eldest was ready to gave up to nappies she started taking them off. so it might just be a sign they need to be potty trained.
    thank you for linking up with the #pinitparty

  9. This post really hit home! My toddler’s been potty trained since 18 months but still naps in training pants with a cloth diaper cover and at night in a cloth diaper. Yes, they’re harder to remove, especially if they’ve got snaps instead of velcro, but she still manages. Her most recent feat is to remove pjs, remove diaper, and then replace pajamas. Putting those pajamas on backwards sounds like a fantastic idea- one that I haven’t tried yet.

  10. Thank you so much for linking this up to The Mommy Club – Wednesday Linky! We are so excited to get more eyeballs on your great stuff! This list of ways to keep a kids diaper on is totally gonna help out some more parent struggling with the same issue. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    Thanks again for linking – cant wait to see what else you link in the future!

    Shannon (MilkandCuddles.com)

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