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Tips To Keep Your Toddler From Constantly Removing His Clothes Or Diaper

Taking off clothes or a diaper is a habit that can crop up in your toddler around 18 to 24 months. It can seem funny at first but will probably quickly shift to annoying and tedious. Children may be motivated by the attention that undressing gets, so most experts recommend minimizing your reaction to the behavior. Simply re-dress (or re-diaper) your child while telling him he has to keep his clothes or diaper on. Also, remember that this is usually a short-lived phase.

Tips to Keep Them Dressed


You can try putting his clothes or diaper on backwards in the hopes that it'll thwart his Houdini act. You could also offer him "naked time," where he can run around the house clothes-free for a half hour before, say, bath time.

If your child takes off his diaper, always make sure to dress him with a onesie (or other clothes) over the diaper, which will make it harder for him to remove it.

If your child is in daycare, the sudden need to be free from clothes can comically become the trend of a whole room. Don't be surprised if one day you pick up your child and all he's wearing in the play yard are shoes and a pull-up. Be sure to work with your child's caregivers to make sure that you're in sync with how they're trying to manage the issue.

Safety Note


Keep in mind that children who aren't completely potty-trained and regularly remove their diapers or pull-ups pose a health risk to their peers, as well as their caregivers.

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