Tuesday, December 19, 2006
What's a mama to do?
Snuggle Bug lying on his turtle in his reading corner.

So, I found Snuggle Bug in a precarious position late last night. Let me explain.

Each night, when I put Snuggle Bug to bed, he has to have "blankie" covering him. He loves it when I tuck it in around him tight. Blankie was made by one of my aunts. It's got his name and birthday embroidered on it. It has a matching pillow. It's a beautiful set and this past year Snuggle Bug has become quite attached to it.

Unfortunately, Snuggle Bug refuses to sleep with any other blanket. His room can get a bit chilly, even with the heater on, so I attempt to cover him with a warm quilt, on top of blankie. He'll have none of that! He shoves off the quilt, pulls blankie close to him and says, "Dis one!"

I've made it part of my bedtime routine to tiptoe into his room and put the warm quilt on him, after I know he's fast asleep and won't protest.

Last night, I tiptoed in his room and the first thing I noticed out of place was a diaper on the floor next to his crib. I picked it up and noticed it was slightly wet. I peeked over the side of his crib rail and what do you think I found?

There was Snuggle Bug, sleeping on his stomach, with his arms tucked under him and his legs drawn up close and his adorable baby bum sticking up. Oh, and did I mention he was naked as the day he was born! Not only that, he was sleeping on top of his blankie, not under it. His zippered footed sleeper was discarded at the far end of his crib.

I've started to call him my little "Houdini" because no matter what jammies I put him in, he can get out of them and often decides to take them off at some point during the night. Usually I find him sleeping in just his diaper, but occasionally, like last night, I find him totally naked.

Unfortunately, I had to wake him up as I put a new diaper on him and put his jammies back on. I couldn't just let him sleep naked in the crib, that might have caused problems.

So, how do I teach him not to take off his jammies and diaper at night? Any ideas?

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9:21 AM

At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They make feety pajamas that have snaps around the waste. The shirt and pants are seperate, but they snap together. Maybe he would find those too difficult to get off. My 2 yr. old can get out of his footed zippered sleeper too. It makes me sad, because when he wears them, he still looks like a baby instead of a little man. I don't think I'll be able to use them very often since he can escape from them. Check out the pj's here: http://carters.com/OnlineStore/Detail.aspx?productID=a6432690-927a-46ac-9005-03a7a2fde13f

At 12:30 PM, Blogger MommyOz said...

My daughter did this for the first time Saturday night!!! She's never done anything like it before. Since then, she has removed a pull up every day during nap or bedtime. I just saw a post somewhere about duct-tape being a mother's helper...maybe that would keep them on:) Duct-tape over the zipper??? lol!!! Looking forward to the advice you receive.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger cloudscome said...

My little guy has done that once too. Fortunately I was in the room before he was completely au natural and I put the sleeper back on backwards. You have to twist the feet a little at the ankles (the sleeper footies, not the kid's feet LOL) but I keeps the zipper out of reach and they can't take it off. You could try that. I love the sleepers cause they are warm even if the covers get thrown off.

At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Catherine said...

I have twin boys who both love to take off their diapers. We solved this problem by putting on a snapped undershirt (a "onesie") under their pajamas. This keeps them extra warm and almost impossible to take off the diaper. We also dont use covers at all, although we live in New England where we have the heat on this time of year. Good Luck!

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous KristiS said...

I had a foster son that did that a lot so we put the zippered feeted pajamas on him backwards! Worked like a charm!

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Tammy and Parker said...

We are part of the 'put the jammies on backwards' crowd! =)

And, just to let you know, I've got my recipe for Friday all ready! I've been awol, but I'm back!

At 8:51 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

hehe That is so cute that he can get out of his PJ's. Becca shows no interest in undressing herself.

Maybe he is too warm? Becca wears a T-shirt and pants (with no footies) to bed now. Just a thought.

At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bailey used to do the same thing because he got too hotin the footed pj's (although he is so adorable in them). I started putting him in regular old two piece pjs and we haven't had a problem since!

At 10:11 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

All three of my kids slept with a favorite blanket, as well. They each had their own special name for their blankets too. :) I can't sleep if it gets too hot and I always have to stick my foot out to regulate my comfort zone at night. hehe! I can't stand sleeping in longs sleeves or socks or anything too hot, neither could my kids. I would try a big t-shirt and see what happens. Amazingly enough, my daughter is in the one percent population that runs a constant temperature of one pt above normal, always has. lol Good luck! lol Always easy to be an on looker!

At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Amber said...

My daughter has just started unrobing her zippered, footie jammies and diaper at night too. We found a pair that snaps and *so far* she hasn't gotten them off yet. If that happens, we will then do the onesie approach underneath or the backwards pjs. Or maybe both! My biggest fear is that she will have a dirty diaper and "play" with it, leaving me a fun mess to clean up. I have read horror stories of other toddlers doing just that. :-)

At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL oh my!! I'd try the duct tape around the diaper, a second diaper over it backwards, a pull-up over it, etc. - also onesies that snap in the crotch tightly can help. I'd be most worried about the diaper - if he gets too chilly, he'll let you know, but poop all over.... ick!

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Sylvie said...

SO very cute! WOW he gets out the zippered footed pjs! Whodini indeed!

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

What a cute picture! I've heard other moms say they put the zippered pjs on backwards so their kiddos can't unzip and get out of the pjs. Maybe give that a try!

PS - I was excited to hear you might be headed back this way next month! Will definitely get together again ... although I showed you all there was to see here the first time LOL


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