playing in pooh?!

Cassandra - posted on 05/21/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a one and a half year old and between 12 month and know Ive caught her in her crib 4 times diaper off and pooh every wear. head to toe and all over her crib. have any other mothers out there delt with this? how should I correct this behavior? is it normal?

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Katherine - posted on 05/21/2011

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Yes!!!!!!!!!! My daughter used to do it all the time. I just had to catch her before she did it. I always made sure she had pants on and checked on her until I knew she was asleep. Boy do I remember those days well. She's 2 now and doesn't do it anymore.





First, know that, for an otherwise typically developing toddler, this should be a time-limited, passing phase. Nobody likes the smell of poop. It’s an experiment that is naturally self-limiting!



The most important thing is to control your own reaction. Don’t overreact; you risk reinforcing the behavior. If Junior knows that Mom will FREAK every time this happens, he’s got a potent weapon to use, when necessary! Instead, calmly say “Yucky. Poop is dirty. It belongs in your diaper or the potty. No more touching poop.” As grossed out as you may be, take a deep breath (outside of the room!), clean up the offensive little beast first, and close up the room until you have backup. You’ll need time, and someone to watch Mr. Stinky, while you break out the Clorox.



Next, it’s time to get practical and LIMIT ACCESS TO THE DIAPER. Go out and find some toddler sized “onesies”, or other one-piece clothing. Some creative parents have even put one-piece PJs on backwards to further limit access to the diaper area. Keep them clothed this way as needed, until the phase has passed.



Also, take it as a sign of interest in potty-training. Use it as an opportunity to review the proper use of the potty, and validate their interest in poop. “Here, make your poop in your potty. Then when you’re done, you can look at it. We don’t touch it, but you can look at it if you want to see what it looks like.”



Finally, create opportunities for your creative genius to make acceptable messes. One of the hallmarks of this phase is the desire to make — and clean up — messes. It’s how we eventually learn to keep things clean and organized, and how to handle all the messes in life. So it’s a vitally important lesson to learn. Offer messy finger painting, kitchen mixing and squashing, and outdoor mud play, liberally. Talk about it, as you do. “I know you want to make messes. THIS is a good place to make a mess. I will help you clean it up later. Here, let’s make a mess together!”

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Sal - posted on 05/21/2011

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my middle one was a deamon for this.....and i was preggers at the time as well, it is revolting but i can safly assure you it is normal, almost every family i know has one poo painter, i don;t know why she started or why she stopped she just did thankfully maybe only a dozen incidents over a few months, so fingers crossed your little will just pass through the phaze and it will be over, but like katherine said, don't go crazy, the little monkeys love a good reaction, and yes the once piece suit is worth a try..

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