HELP KIDS TAKING DIAPERS OFF!!

Amber - posted on 11/28/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 2 oldest children will NOT keep their bottoms on. My oldest is 3 and she is potty trained so she is taking her panties off. My son is 23 months and he is taking off his diaper. Rather than telling us he has pooped he is taking the diaper off and smearing it on the walls and the floor of his bedroom. My daughter has recently picked up his habit and I cannot figure out how to stop this...I've tried talking to them and explaining that it is "yucky" I've tried time out, I've even spanked them for it!! What else can i do???? HELP!!!

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Amber - posted on 11/29/2010

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I have done everything besides wrapping duct tape on my son's diaper. I wouldn't mind my daughter going naked at home IF she would go to the potty to poop instead of her and her brother rubbing it all over my walls...

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Lori - posted on 11/30/2010

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i know this has nothing to do with what your having problems with but i have a 3 year old and i cant get her to use the potty how did you get your 3 year old to potty

Stefanie - posted on 11/30/2010

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I think potty training is a good idea...spanking i understand iv done it myself when my son took his poop and put it all over his room it wont make him feel shamful about taking his clothes off but he well understand that putting poop on the walls is not nice since they did it like how many times once i did that i started potty training him right away leave the diper off to start in the house and see from there he may want to put that diper back on if he needs to go poop.

Danielle - posted on 11/29/2010

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I'm experiencing the same problem with my son and using duct tape doesn't help. He just slid it off the diaper like underwear.
For a while we use to put the diaper on backwards so that the tabs we less accessible, and then put him in onsies, but being as my son is two, they are harder to come by. Also the absorbency of the diaper is not as good in the back as the front so we experienced a lot of leakage problems especially at night.
I would just keep an eye on your son. If he is not showing any other signs to start potty training then make sure he does not leave the room, and when he goes upstairs into his room, follow him and bring him back to where you can monitor him. That is all you can really do. Keep dressing him, and ignore the tantrums as you wrangle him back into a diaper and clothes.
Personally I felt that spanking my son for being interested in his body parts, and learning to undress himself to be a little unfair. I could see it being confusing for my son when it came time to potty train if he were worried about being punished for taking off his clothes.
As for your daughter, I would sit her down and explain that she is a big girl, and her brother is still very little. "Big girls use potty's when then need to go to the bathroom", and start asking her and re-enforcing that she uses the potty by asking her every half hour or so like you would when you were training.
For the time being maybe get some play-doh or something to satisfy the squish feeling they'd get when playing with their stools, and maybe try coloring with them more to help establish that you color with crayons on the paper, and you squish play-doh. Not icky poop.
Hope this helps.

Vicki - posted on 11/29/2010

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For your son have your tried putting him in clothes that make his diaper more difficult to access? Overalls or all-in-ones.

Is this at home or while you are out? If it's just at home I would just let your daughter go naked, why fight it? Not sure if out sorry. I think any shaming or spanking will probably just make it more difficult.

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