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How to Make a Diaper Out of Underwear

By Jaimie Zinski ; Updated April 18, 2017
Don't panic if you run out of diapers in the middle of the night.

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

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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 feminine napkin. 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 feminine napkin.

Place the homemade diaper on the child. For an added layer of protection, cover the underwear with a plastic diaper 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 diaper.

Things You Will Need

  • Underwear
  • Safety pins
  • Feminine napkins
  • Plastic diaper cover
  • Towel


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

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About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.

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