How to make a nappy out of underwear

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How to make a nappy out of underwear
Don't panic if you run out of nappies in the middle of the night. (Laboko/iStock/Getty Images)

Many mothers are faced with the dilemma of a late-night nappy soaking and the absence of any fresh disposable nappies to place on the infant. A homemade nappy constructed from underwear and sanitary towels will help in a pinch. This same homemade nappy is ideal for the potty-training toddler. It will allow the child to wear underwear instead of a nappy without the inevitable stains and messy accidents.

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Things you need

  • Underwear
  • Safety pins
  • Sanitary towels
  • Plastic nappy cover
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Get a pair of underwear that will fit the child snugly. For an infant, take a pair of children's or adult underwear and fold the sides in towards the front. Pin the folded sides to the front of the underwear with safety pins.

  2. 2

    Line the inside of the underwear with a sanitary towel. If available, use a napkin that has extra-absorbency or wings. If these are not available -- or for added absorption -- line both the inside and outside of the crotch panel with a sanitary towel.

  3. 3

    Place the homemade nappy on the child. For an added layer of protection, cover the underwear with a plastic nappy cover. If the cover is not available, lay a towel under the child and put him back into bed. The towel will absorb any liquids that leak out of the nappy.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid covering an older infant or toddler's homemade underwear nappy with a plastic bag. The child may pull at the plastic and put the pieces in her mouth.

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