I've dealt with this issue before, when the big boys were two and four, and big brother would say in their shared room at bedtime, "Hey, Alec, you should take off your diaper. Just pull the tabs like this..."
I thought I'd share the solution we came up with, in case anyone else out there has a toddler doing the same thing. Footed pajamas that zip all the way up can be helpful, but in the middle of a 100 degree summer, they are not a great option. I found a couple pairs in a lightweight fabric on sale at The Children's Place or some other strip mall store, then cut off all the excess that I could.
Besides containing the contents of the toddler's diaper, we are also trying to contain the toddler himself. Here's the tent that we installed when Alec started climbing out of his crib.
Check out Alec below. You can really hear the wheels turning, can't you? "Let's see, if I can't reach to undo the zipper on my back, at least I can figure out how this thing works..."Consumer Reports has this advice:
What to use instead: If your little one is climbing out of her crib, it is time for a toddler bed, which looks like a regular bed but uses a crib mattress.
Shut up, Consumer Reports. Have you ever tried to explain the concept of "Stay in your bed until morning" to a 17-month-old?
The best alternative seems to be a sleep sack, which just might solve the diaper and crib problems at once. But remember how it's 100 degrees here?