We’ve heard the term many times:

Necessity is the mother of invention.

I can now say I truly understand what that statement means.

Last week I shared how my two-year-old frequently takes off her diaper at nap time. It has been driving me crazy.

First of all, I want to thank everyone who commented. Your suggestions got the wheels of my brain turning.

Several of you suggested my daughter may be ready for toilet learning. I definitely agree. A few months ago, we began encouraging her to sit on the potty. She loves it. She sits there like a queen, with all of her books, and chatters away. However, this doesn’t help with the issue that she takes her diaper off EVERY single nap time. We need an interim solution.

Duct tape was suggested. At first I laughed but then I seriously began to consider it. The logistics of it overwhelmed me though. As is, I have troubles loading her into her diaper and PJs, she’s going to keep still while I duct tape a diaper onto her? No way. Anyway, I swear that child would find a way to pick it off.

Then I looked into the EscapeeJays but they only go up to size 2. 

What to do?!

Then it occurred to me… this problem is mostly an issue at nap time. Plus, she still goes to bed in her sleep sack. Unfortunately all the sleep sacks have zippers that start at the top and zip down the back (hence how my little Houdini is able to get out of hers).

Enter ingenuity (and a really desperate mom).

I went to a thrift store and bought a women’s short sleeve dress, which has a zipper at the nape of the neck.

I turned it inside out and sewed along the bottom.

Then I added snaps at each arm hole (so her arms don’t slip into the bag).

Since the zipper is at the back/nape of the neck, she can’t reach it! She wears this bag over her regular sleep sack (yes, we double-bag our child). We haven’t had a problem since we started using this new sleep sack (outside of her occasionally saying, “No flower-bag”).

I feel so clever. Correction. I feel like a genius!


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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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