How do you teach your preschooler to wipe when he goes potty. I make him wipe and it is a big mess.


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I taught my son the same way I taught my girls. Wipe from the front to back. That way any poopy falls into the toilet and isnt coming back out! I also use "flushable" baby wipes. Put a small trash can in your bathroom if you need to. This makes the tushy extra clean and it will show him to keep wiping till no poopy shows. :) Good luck!

Jenn - posted on 05/30/2010




I told my son to wipe 3 times then look at the paper - if there's still poop on it wipe again until it looks clean - he's 4 and wipes himself clean without making a mess. I personally wouldn't have them wipe more than once with the same piece of toilet paper - one of the kids I babysit was doing this and he was just smearing the poop all over his bum - blech!

Tisha - posted on 05/28/2010




well, i know it's gross but his hands are washable so you will just have to make him do it. supervise him but don't do it for him. it is important that he learns to do it on his own because the teachers aren't going to do it for him when he goes to school. just tell him to count off however many squares of TP you think is enough and wipe, tell him to do this over and over until there is no more poopy on the TP. then follow up with a wipe to make sure he got it all. just make sure that he is really getting between his little butt cheeks b/c if he doesn't there won't be any poopy on the TP and he'll think he did a good job when he really didn't even get it.


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Phyllis - posted on 05/28/2010




First I showed my boys to measure out a piece of TP from their fingers to the elbow long. Then I showed them how to fold it to the size they need (practice def. then I told them to use that piece to scrub at least 3 scrubs on the butt. Check paper, if its not clean, do it again. If its done 3 times and still isn't clean, flush the toilet so it does not plug, then start again. Usually they call me for help by the third time, bit they are gradually doing much better. I find if they don't get quite clean they complain of an itchy bum, and I tell them to go wipe again. They are learning, but its a tricky thing and you can expect it to take awhile to master. If your septic system is good for it, flushable wipes are great too, but they should flush after 2 or you can plug up fast.

Meredith - posted on 05/26/2010




I have a 6 year old who still hasn't mastered the concept. I feel your pain!

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