You can try all the psychological parenting tricks in the world, but if you have a determined diaper-removing toddler, this is the ONLY way I have found to keep from having diapers (and worse) all over your house! I suppose handcuffing them to yourself 24/7 would work, too, but it wouldn’t be much fun, and is probably frowned upon, anyway.
I started using this trick when my daughter was about 20 months old, after being greeted with huge poop messes all over her room every morning and every naptime! This mama was getting -shall we say- crabby, and the laundry mounds were starting to resemble Mount Everest. At first, I tried putting my little girl on the potty before naptime, as well as other obvious “poop avoidance” methods, but nothing was working. I had heard of parents using DIY backward pajamas when my son was younger, but he had been so easygoing that I never had to try them, and I was leery of cutting into a pair of perfectly good pajamas, too.
After days on end of cleaning up poop carpet, poop toddler, and poop toys (some of which ended up in the trash), I reached the end of my rope. In my moment of desperation, I lopped the feet off of a pair of zip-up footie pajamas, and I have never looked back! WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?! By now, I have done this to several pairs of pajamas, and would do it even if they had cost me a hundred bucks each! (Disclaimer: I would never pay a hundred bucks for any clothing item for my kids, ever.) Now, anytime we’re having a “rough day,” I just grab a pair of footless jammies, put them on my daughter backwards, zip ’em up, and snap the top snap!
Ready for some relief? Grab your scissors and let’s go!
Backward Pajamas for your Diaper-Removing Toddler
For this trick, you will need:
A difficult-but-loveable toddler
Zip-up footie pajamas
Cut the feet out of the pajamas below the elastic ankle band or stitch line (before you put them on your kiddo – no matter how difficult they’re being).
Dress your toddler backwards, zip-up and snap! If your kid protests, remind them that the toilet is very near, and that you will be thrilled to guide them on the adventure of pooping in the TOILET instead of EVERYWHERE ELSE! Now breathe easy and go back to the life you knew before poop duty ruled the day!
The magic of backwards pajamas can’t possibly be properly appreciated unless you have lived with a diaper remover! If you are blessed in this way, please, PLEASE share this trick with your toddler-troubled friends; they need you! Here’s to sanity!
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