What Happens in the Crib…

The prob­lem with judg­ing oth­er par­ents is; kar­ma! 

Do I believe in kar­ma? Not exact­ly. 

It does seem though, as if every time I judge a par­ent or a sit­u­a­tion, it comes back around to me. 

Once upon a time, I judged my broth­er who strug­gled with his child stay­ing buck­led in his car seat. Well, not too many years lat­er, my son start­ed doing the same thing and it was a frus­trat­ing strug­gle. 

One thing my old­est nev­er did was remove his dia­pers and smear poop. I have always felt sor­ry for the par­ents of tod­dlers who resort to that kind of enter­tain­ment and also some­what judg­men­tal, think­ing what is wrong with that kid? Those par­ents must be doing some­thing wrong. 

Well, my 15 month old cleared that mis­con­cep­tion up for me. 

After a par­tic­u­lar­ly rough night with him wak­ing at least 5–7 times between 11 PM and 7 AM, I was enjoy­ing my most­ly warm cof­fee and chat­ting with my mom. She asked where my baby was and I hap­pi­ly said,

Oh, he’s sleep­ing!” 

Not too long after that I heard him call­ing and went to find him — naked in his crib.

His dia­per was out­side the crib and their was poop all over his bed­ding and crib rail­ings and all over him. 

I was shocked. He was amused.

When naptime goes awry

It wasn’t as bad as it could have been and it didn’t take ter­ri­bly long to clean him up. But I will nev­er judge anoth­er par­ent for their child fin­ger paint­ing with their own feces when they’re sup­posed to be asleep.

I will for­ev­er won­der though, how they can stand the stench and what pos­sess­es them to use it, are they that lack­ing in enter­tain­ment? Or do they not smell it? Is their lack of knowl­edge about germs to blame for their will­ing­ness to smear their body waste all over them­selves and the place that they sleep? 

Dr. Heather Wit­ten­berg says that this stage in young tod­dlers is per­fect­ly nor­mal. It may be a sign that your child is ready to pot­ty train.

If your child con­tin­ues to play with poop after 3 years old you should have a pedi­a­tri­cian eval­u­ate your child. There may be oth­er issues.

Tips to han­dle this stage

  • Stay calm and don’t over react, yes it’s gross but it’s also nor­mal.
  • Use it as a teach­ing moment and let your child know we don’t play with poop, it goes in the toi­let. We can play with toys instead. It might seem that your tod­dler is too young to under­stand, but they have a sur­pris­ing capac­i­ty to under­stand very ear­ly on.
  • Keep your child in one­sies, zip up jam­mies or over­alls that restrict access to their dia­per. 
  • Change your child as soon as their dia­per is peed or pooped in. 
  • You could watch for signs that they need to pee, hold­ing them­selves, danc­ing, strug­gle con­cen­trat­ing, etc. 
  • Let them sit on the pot­ty fre­quent­ly.
  • Don’t push your child and don’t dis­ci­pline for pot­ty acci­dents. This is a huge learn­ing curve for them and they need you to be under­stand­ing and patient with them through it. 
what happens in the crib

Do you have any feces fin­ger paint­ing sto­ries to share? If so, I’d love to com­mis­er­ate! Leave a com­ment or send me an email!

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