15 February 2006

Duct tape diapers

Mike lovingly recalls when his daughter used to take her diapers off:

When I saw the double diaper trick listed to prevent leakage, it reminded me of one of my favorite low-tech diaper hacks! When my daughter was about 18 months old, she "discovered" her diaper. To our horror we walked into her room after her nap and found she had removed her messy diaper and was covered in...well, you get the idea. Our solution was simple. We just put a small piece of duct tape on the front of the diaper to cover the tabs. It prevented her from removing her diaper but was still easy enough for us to remove after nap.

[Wince alert. -- Ed.] One caveat: Just make sure the duct tape doesn't stick to any part of your baby's skin. If you think a band aid hurts when you rip it off -- yikes!

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We started doing this for our two year old a few weeks ago and have pictures to prove it:

http://www.brianbaute.com/archives/2006/01/duct-tape-diapers.php

We put the diaper on backwards for a while and that worked... of course, our toddler finally out thought us on that one. The 8 month old doesn't have a clue yet.

We've been doing this for 6 months or so, and it's great.

But be warned... eventually they get strong enough to pull the ducktape off (the ducktape doesn't fail, the diaper actually tears around the liner).

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