04 May
Poop Diving is Not a Summer Sport

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

My adorable 18-month old daughter has recently developed a disgusting habit. She has discovered her dirty diaper and reaches in to check it out. Until recently, she wore a onesie under most outfits. Now that it is getting warmer, I am not planning to have her wear onesies all of the time. How do I encourage her not to go poop diving?? I try to stay on top of changing dirty diapers and have been telling her that Mommy needs to clean her dirty diaper, but she has had two incidents so far.


Grossed Out Mama


Dear Grossed Out Mama,

I applaud you for even trying to reason with your 18 month-old. Just yesterday I tried to reason with my 11 month-old, carefully explaining to him that it is not cool to take all the folded clean laundry out of the basket and throw it all over the floor. It means I have to fold it again which makes me resentful and takes away from my TV/Twitter/blog time. He didn’t say anything back. I assume that means he is mulling over my points. Either that, or he doesn’t talk yet.

I think it’s safe to say your daughter will remain unconvinced that you need to be the one to change her diaper. Because what’s more fun for a toddler than playing with poop! And consider yourself lucky because I used to have a dog who liked to eat poop. So things can always get worse.

You have two options…

1. Duct tape her diapers shut. It will be much much harder for her to get in there. I had a friend who used this method and it worked brilliantly. Plus, you can get different colored duct tape and make bracelets.   All the kids on the playground are wearing them right now. Duct tape is really the product that just keeps on giving.

2. Put her in short sleeve onesies (they have very adorable ones that can be worn with a skirt or pants) or one piece outfits that snap at the bottom (like these super cute rompers from The Children’s Place). That will keep her out of her diaper until she grows out of this phase.

Good luck to you!


Kelcey, TMH

10 Responses to “Poop Diving is Not a Summer Sport”


Comment by Mimzy Wimzy.

I’m a HUGE fan of onesies and overall outfits!

If anyone has this issue in cooler weather & especially bedtime: I suggest taking the one piece zip up pj’s, cut the feet out & put them on backwards. If you fear they will have cold feet & not keep socks on, put a pair of tights over the socks then put the backwards pj’s on!! {Yes! Even if you have a boy the tights are fine!!} It really does work!!


Comment by Wendi.

Oh, how I miss the diaper stage.


Comment by Karin.

love babies in rompers (I have 2 girls and a boy so I’m not gender specific – they have skirted ones for girls and shorts ones for boys)! I was so disappointed when my kids outgrew them and started going pee and poop in the potty… sssooo maybe I was regretting the extra work potty training is… but little ones in rompers ARE adorable!

Karin Reply:

fyi – I found Carter’s rompers held up really well, were easy enough for me to get into when needed and had the cutest patterns. AND I rarely buy anything new so you can most definitely find them at consignment sales & shops and on eBay.


Comment by rojopaul.

Unfortunately, I have no advice for you as neither of my girls did this. But my boss’s first born daughter used to pull out her poop and wipe it in the walls and her crib. Just keep doing what you are doing, being on top of the changes and just know that this is just one season that won’t last forever. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! ha

thepsychobabble Reply:

Both my children did that. NO IDEA WHY. so gross….definitely buy one piece outfit-romper-thingys and/or short-sleeved onsies


Comment by dusty earth mother.

I must confess, I was a poop diver as a baby. And there’s nothing that can distract from that level of fun, so you might be stuck with this for a while. Enjoy. I know I did.


Comment by Christine.

Kelcey & the ladies of The Mouthy Housewives, thank you for the advice and words of support! Emma & I appreciate it! That little girl is going to have all onesy outfits this summer…

Mom Again Reply:

She has poop awareness. Commence potty training.


Comment by The Play's the Thing | The Mouthy Housewives.

[…] First of all, thank you for writing in and expressing a concern that not a lot of parents are willing to cop to. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that one of the secret shames of many moms and dads is that they can’t stand playing tea party or Star Wars or anything that involves them potentially getting hit in the privates with a Nerf product. I know there’ve been many days when I was willing to just slip my boys cash if I could get out of yet another round of “Who’s the Poopy Head?” (Or this horrible game.) […]

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