How to make a nappy out of underwear

Don't panic if you run out of nappies in the middle of the night.

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.

Things You Will Need

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

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.

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.

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.


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.