is it normal for poop play

Colleen - posted on 07/09/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 17 month old took off her diaper and was elbow deep in poop. She was having a blast, I was horrified!!!! What's the deal? Should I be worried?

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Charlotte - posted on 07/15/2010

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LOL! My 2 year did that for several months. It drove me crazy!!! Every morning, when I'd hear him up in his crib, I'd find him elbow deep in the stuff. After naptime as well. I can't tell you how many times I cleaned the mess off of his crib, and he was getting bathed 2 or 3 times a day. He outgrew it, I guess. He hasn't done that since we started potty training him. He doesn't use the potty to poop yet, but he isn't playing in it any more. I thought it was more of a fun thing for him, the texture must have been right or something. Almost like mud pies (which he also loves to play with!) Unfortunately, nothing I did seemed to help. He's quite the escape artist, and would get out of any clothing I put him in to block the diaper play. He would even get the diapers off around his clothes! I'd find him fully dressed and covered in his poop, happy as a little clam with no diapers. I don't think it's anything to worry about, she's just having fun and learning new things.

Chantelle - posted on 07/15/2010

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no I don't thin you have anything to be worried about my son does it alot!!..(Currently in the process of potty training). But when he has a accident in his pants, he will stick his hand down his pants and pull out a peice of poop and kind of squish it between his fingers before smudging it all over his hands and face..(Gross I know) and than when hes finished he will come up to me and say Mommy poop. And stick his hands in my face. Its really gross, but I just clean it up and keep on going on with my day.

Kimmie - posted on 07/13/2010

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my friends kid does this and she got her to stop by putting the zip up pj's on her that have the button to cover the zipper and she quit.

Carisa - posted on 07/12/2010

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I've been fortunate that both my girls only took off wet diapers. I once found a dry diaper on the floor and put it away, only to discover later that my daughter was going commando. It seems like a pretty natural thing to do. We know it's gross, but they probably think it's like play-doh. I found if I always kept pants or bloomers on, they wouldn't take off their diapers.

Cassandra - posted on 07/12/2010

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My two year old daughter is doing the same thing. I put her down for a nap and go up to check on her and it's all over her wall, tv, bed floor everywhere. She's done it like 5 times. The last time I took her down and washed her off in a cool shower and she hasn't done it since

Colleen - posted on 07/12/2010

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thanks ladies. It's nice to know she's being normal, even if it freaks me out=)

Danielle - posted on 07/09/2010

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Lol one morning when my daughter was about that age I got up and went to get her and she was completely covered in poop and all smiles. She even got it on the ceiling! It's normal lol. Aggravating when you have to disenfect the ENTIRE room but mine grew out of it and your's will to.

Corinne - posted on 07/09/2010

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Yep, it's normal. Just wait til she decides to wear the potty as a hat after pooping in it! Just don't make a big deal of it, clean her up and carry on. Keep smiling. x

Robyn - posted on 07/09/2010

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lol my daughter does this from time to time, its quite the clean-up. theres really no need to worry,shes just acting her age, but to prevent it from happening again onsies work wonders. it's the only thing that works for my daughter. unfortunately once they know how to take that diaper off its a battle to keep it on!

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