If you’re a regular reader here at the Cloth Diaper Blog then you may have read a post I wrote a couple of months back about how our beautiful little girl opened one of her pocket diapers with hook and loop closures during naptime and proceeded to finger paint her crib with poop.
Since then, my husband and I have been VERY CAREFUL about hook and loop diapers around our daughter’s little, exploring fingers. But that doesn’t mean that we’re as careful as we mean to be. It just takes once…or twice, in our case.
My husband is home with our daughter three mornings a week while I work. It was one such morning during our little darling’s fourteenth or fifteenth month when he put her in a bumGenius! pocket diaper with Aplix closures without putting pants on her. He reasoned to himself as he did this that he was going to be watching her every minute so how bad could the hook and loop closures be? But then, he had to pee, as generally happens to human beings. Again, he reasoned that he was only going to leave her by herself for one minute, so she wouldn’t have enough time to make any diaper messes while he was gone.
When he came out of the bathroom and turned the corner into the living room, there she was diaper in hand, looking very guilty as she ducked behind a chair to hide from him. When he pursued her, he found that the diaper that she had taken off was perfectly dry and that she had peed behind the chair. The best, he later told me, was her adorable, little face when she looked at him smiling, fully aware of the misdeed she’d just done. The only silver lining to the puddle of pee behind the chair was that once he cleaned it up, he could at least use the diaper again!
I guess what I’m trying to say with all these humorous stories about poop and pee is that as your child grows, they become very capable of doing so many things and they just love to explore. Whether they wear disposable diapers or cloth ones, undoing their diapers is one of those things that they will, without fail, find infinitely fascinating!
BUT DON’T FEAR! There are some things you can do to avoid the situations that my husband and I repeatedly find ourselves in!
Stick with the hook and loop closures (since they make wiggly toddler diaper changes much easier) and always put pants, shorts, or a onesie over the diaper.
Switch to diapers that snap.
Go with side snapping diapers such as GroVia All in one or diapers that close in the back such as gDiapers.
Granted, your child may still find ways of getting out of their diapers, but at least with these options you’re buying yourself some time so you can hopefully catch them in the act before they soil your carpet!