Duct Tape & Diapers

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I’ve been writing and rewriting this post for the past month.
I began it the day Poopcasso invaded my home.
It is EXACTLY what you are thinking.
We have a little Poopcasso on our hands.
(Makes me think of Betty White in The Proposal, so I smile every time I say it or type it. Poopcasso. Poopcasso. Okay, I’ll stop. For now.)
Alexander has begun his journey of self discovery, at the ripe old age of 2.
For some strange reason, my child has an affinity for play with his poo.
Not only does he play with it, he paints with it.
The sheets.
The walls.
His body.
The carpet.
He is the 1st of my 3 children to do this.
I have done everything the Internetz have suggested.

  • Put diaper on backwards – DIDN’T WORK
  • Put zipper jammies on him – DIDN’T WORK
  • Keep a onsie on his at all times – DIDN’T WORK
  • Bathe or shower him in cold water when he does it – DIDN’T WORK
  • Scolding – DIDN’T WORK

We’ve tried it all.

So now, we have resorted to this:

Duct tape.
His diaper is secured with duct tape at nap time and bed time.
The remainder of the day we are working on potty training.
Today, he used the potty twice!
Now he is napping.
Here’s hoping my little Poopcasso (tee hee) doesn’t strike again!

P.S. In my crazy mad Internetz research about kids playing with their poo, I found some things that irritated me.
Things like this- I have highlighted the parts that made me angry because this IS a normal childhood behavior!

4-year-old won’t stop playing with his poop

May 2008
I am in desperate need of help on how to get my 4 year old son to stop playing with his poop. For the last couple of weeks he has been using his poop to paint the walls, mirrors, carpet, etc. We have found pooped smeared into the carpet and in his bed. Even during his bath he pooped and put it into one of his play cups to play with. I’ve tried explaining to him why this is unacceptable and how it’s dirty and poop belongs in the potty. We’ve tried time outs, but he is absolutely defiant when it comes to this and has started peeing in his pants when in time out even though he is potty trained. We’ve tried having him clean it up, but it doesn’t seem to phase him at all how disgusting this all is. We are completely out of our minds with this and are wondering if there is something more to this and if we need professional intervention as well. pooped-out mom

Yikes, at his age, this is not normal.
I am an elementary teacher, and we would occasionally see that a young student (ie kindergarten or first grader) was doing this because there would be a mess in the bathrooms. Whenever it was brought to the attention of the school counselor, he said that it happens very frequently in children who are being sexually abused and to take it seriously. Do you trust all the people your son comes into contact with?

Maybe it’s nothing…I’m no expert…and I know some young toddlers do it…but I have a four year old and I can’t imagine him wanting to do this. I would ask your pediatrician as soon as you can. Good luck to you… Oakland Mom


Your son needs psychological and/or psychiatric help. You and your husband may need counseling since this is a family issue as well. Anon

As far as I’m concerned, this DBag needs to be removed from the Internetz!

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Anne is a 30-something full-time SAHM mom of 5 ranging from 1 to 16 who resides in Ashwaubenon (Green Bay) Wisconsin. She started blogging in 2008 as a way to regain her sanity. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, cheeseburgers and vodka along with spending time with her husband and kids.


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    Amy says

    Yep… Gage was doing this too, but he was doing it just because he wanted out of his dirty diaper. So we made the switch to cloth diapers and started potty training. I also started training him to come to me when he wants to potty or be changed, instead of just doing it himself and making a mess. Yeah… you can pretty much throw everything Oakland mom said out the window when she got to this line, “I’m no expert”. Some kids just don’t see understand the correlation between poop and waste right away, which is fine. They’ll get it eventually. It doesn’t mean that they’re f’d in the head or will one day be down with poo fetish porn.


    Annie Reply:

    Yeah, Tatertot does it because he doesn’t want to be in his dirty diaper too but when he does it in his bedroom during nap oh so quietly it makes it a bit harder to combat.


    Amy Reply:

    I know. I work at home now on the computer in my room, and Gage would always take his diaper off quietly in the other room. I wouldn’t catch it sometimes for up to an hour, and by that time he may have already peed on the carpet or rubbed poo off his butt onto the chair. Thankfully he was very careful to keep the poo in his diaper when he took it off, and our chair is made of faux leather. 😛


    Annie Reply:

    When Tatertot does it outside of his room, he’s usually off in a corner trying to be all discreet so no one sees him but has not had the best of luck with that lately. Now when he takes it off, he is placed on the potty immediately.

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    Kelly says

    Ethan did that, maybe three times, then he got it!!!!! My cousin had to use duct tape on her twin girls, so great idea on your part, your not alone. I would cry when I had to clean up a whole bedroom of poop off our white carpet!


    Annie Reply:

    Duct tape is an amazing thing!
    I’m hoping to continue with the potty training and put a stop to all of it.


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    Jill says

    for my younger son, when he would take his diaper off at night, we put the zipper pj’s on backwards. . . it did involve cutting the feet off, but it was worth it in the end. just a suggestion. :-)



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