Poop Everywhere!!!!

Erin - posted on 11/23/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old has a steady habit of taking off her diapers. She has now taught her 1 year old sister how to do it. They now take off their poppie diapers and continue to smear poop all over their room and themselfs. I need some serious help here. Teaching the oldest to potty train is going to be a hard enough task, but what do I do with the little one? She's picked up on how much fun it is to be diaper-less and play with poop! Is it too early to try to train her as well? And what kind of advice/warnings can I get here? I'm terribly worried about all of this, I can't clean up poop anymore!!!

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Julie - posted on 07/07/2012

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If this is a straight diapering issue the duct tape all the way around the baby is a miracle, but if you have a poop artist that isn't ready for potty training the only things that I found to partially deter was a lycra dance outfit from danskin? that has short leggings and is sleeveless. It is very hard to wriggle out of, has no zippers or snaps that autistic kids love to undo, and it is difficult to get to the diaper. They also come in long leg versions but we always lived in hot climates so I didn't go that far. My little girl wore hers under her clothes until she was ready to potty train at 3 1/2. Of course then she started taking her baby brothers diaper of, so I had to duct tape him. I was a real hit at family gatherings when I pulled the scissors out of the diaper bag to cut the kids out of their diapers. I thought I would lose my mind every time I walked in to check on nap time and found the whole bedroom painted

Amie - posted on 11/24/2008

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OMG! I just had to comment because I thought I was so totally alone in this, and here it is, in black and white! My daughter is not a freak! :) Duck tape has worked for us...all the way around the waistband of the diaper.

Nancy - posted on 11/24/2008

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If they are taking off their clothes to get to the diaper, put one piece PJ's on backwards so the zipper is on the back,,,,, you'll have to cut off the feet part of course.

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i read wher you tried everything and it still didnt work so i have another idea

give them something else to make a mess with.a controled mess.playdough, markers,

and realy get them into it(well maybe not the one yr old so much but she will quite once big sis wuites.)and i would say she is definatly ready to train.it also wouldnt hurt to have to potty's so the one yr old can practice with her.just be as stern about this as you would if she were hitting you or such.make her interested in something else so the phase will pass...

Maria José - posted on 11/25/2008

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If she's smart enough to take off her clothes, then she's smart enough to go potty on the toilet. Use pull ups. Don't use diapers anymore, the pull ups don't have strips that can be pulled off. She'll have to pull her pants down to take it off and that will give you time to get to her and she will identify pulling her pants down with going to the toilet. My daughter did the same thing, so I just kept her diaper off and toilet trained her the hard way. I didn't use pull ups just underwear. You can imagine laundry day!

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keep clothing on the 1 yr old that doesnt allow them accsess.and start training the two yr old.dont let them get away with it if the two yr old learns to stop the one yr old will eventualy.try not to give them a chance also.everytime they attempt it,take away a toy or put them in there crib,remove them from the situation and tell them no.think of clothes they cant take off,and a panties for the two yr old to get her excited.

Debbie - posted on 11/24/2008

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i have read that if you put a pair of underpants on first, then the nappy, or you say diaper over there, we say nappy in aus.

They do not like the wetness, i have just recently read this, so im off to buy my 2 year old some undies, not sure what u guys call underpants lol.

The wetness layer..they hate it, and gets them mentally ready for toilet training. Because simply they dont like the wet feeling.

The nappies are so much better these days, so its so hard to get our kids off nappies, when we where all kids, we probably had those cloth ones, which we couldnt wait to get out of. Maybe try cloth..

Rosanna-Lee - posted on 11/24/2008

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I started taking my son into the bathroom with the dirty diaper and dropping the poopie in the toilet. I explain to him that that's where it goes. He now likes to poop on the pottie. I think they like the sound of it or something. Let your younger one go into the bathroom with your oldest and eventually she'll get curious and may start wanting to be potty trained. I hope that helps

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Oh man I feel your pain, I'm in the same situation right now. My 2 year old, took off her diaper a few weeks back stood on the fireplace ledge pooped and pee'd then stomped in it all, rubbing it on the bricks, and even throwing peices out for her 10 month old sister, I walked in the room just as my little one was about to pick up the poop and eat it. I watch her like a hawk now. I have yet to find a solution, but just wanted to let you know I feel your pain.

Erin - posted on 11/23/2008

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Ok, we've tried duct tape...she can get through it. She figured out the backward diaper thing too, and when it comes to keeping clothes on her, she just refueses. she knows how to unsnap onezies and take off pants and shirts...she's a smart little stinker...

Rebekah - posted on 11/23/2008

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It's definitely not too early to potty train, but the child has to be ready. If she's taking off her diaper after she messes it because she knows it's messy, then she knows she went. At that point, potty training is a must, at least in my book. My son just turned two, and we're well on the way to potty trained during the day time (nights and naps are different). I used candy as an incentive. He got some if he went, none if he didn't. (Small, easily eaten candies are best; I used smarties and gave him one or two.)

If she's not ready, try duct tape, but she could take that off too. In that case, safety pins are good; just pin it as if it were a cloth diaper.

Celina - posted on 11/23/2008

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Have you tried putting the diaper on backwards they really struggle with taking them off that way. Try also keeping bottoms on them, that might help as well, or try showing them that when they take off there diaper that the potty is right there if they have to go. It's never too early to teach them potty training and it might just work with how eager they are too take of the diaper off it might just work.

Kelly - posted on 11/23/2008

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Try using duct tape. It worked when my son tried that. Just use a big piece of the tape and that sucker wont go anywhere. good luck.

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Three suggestions. 1)-always keep bottoms with snaps on her. Their little fingers are not usually adept enough to undo snaps. 2)-duct tape. One of man's greatest inventions! 3)-put her diaper on backward when she goes down for a nap. They have a LITTLE more trouble getting it off that way, but she sounds smart, so it is the most temporary solution! good luck. :)

Callie - posted on 11/23/2008

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My child hasn't done this, but I have worked with several children who have (I'm an occupational therapist). Some moms have to resort to using duct tape to keep their child's diaper on. It's more work for you to take it off, but it's harder for them too. If it keeps you from having to clean up poop, I say it's worth a try.

Sarah - posted on 11/23/2008

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My son who is now 13 months has been taking off his diaper since he was around 9 months. I think its just something they figure out and enjoy doing. I have had a couple of incidents where he took it off and pooped on my floor. Not fun to clean. I found that I have to always keep bottoms on him so he can't get to the diaper. Although he has undone his diaper through onesies and other outfits but at least he still had an outside outfit holding it all in.

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