D.L. asks from Pensacola, FL on April 09, 2007
Daughter "Painting" Her Walls
Ok, my problem is that my 2 year old daughter has decided that if she thinks she's been in her room too long she's going to take her diaper off and "paint" her wall with her #2. She's been doing this for months and we've tried everything to make her stop. First we just started making sure we dressed her when we put her down for a nap or to bed but she's learned how to get off any clothes we put on her. We've tried putting her potty in her room (she's potty training and will do #2 on it) but she just takes it out of there to do her art work. Recently we've been spanking her when she does it (not hard or anything, but enough to let her know it's bad) and she still does this on pretty much a daily basis. I was wondering if anyone's gone though this and what they did to stop it.
Also, anyone know of a cleaning chemical that gets poo off walls well? We clean it with what we have but there's still some on the wall (in the texture and stuff) and I can't find anything to get it all off.
So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone. The vinegar water for cleaning worked great and we just started letting her go into our room in the morning when she wakes up(she can open doors on her own so we unlock her door when we go to bed)and she hasn't done it in a few days. I'm hoping she just forgets about it soon. Thanks again.
K.V. answers from Tampa on April 10, 2007
For cleaning I recommend the Magic Eraser and white vinegar. For the "painting" I would suggest giving her plenty of "sensory" time. Give her playdo, silly puddy, or clay. Try putting her naked/or diaper only in the shower and let her smear bubbles or shaving cream all over. You could do the shaving cream thing in her highchair too. Try finger paints or anything that is nontoxic and messy. Hope this helps!! K.
T.C. answers from Jacksonville on April 10, 2007
via the internet:My brother used to do this as a tot. My mom's solution was to limit access. This meant that at night she put his blanket sleeper on backwards so that he could not unzip it to get to his diaper. Daytime options may be a little more challenging, but I would try using snap-tees, overalls, one-piece outfits - whatever it takes to keep him away from his diaper. And remember - it's just a phase.
But I think the key for us was onsies, and one piece pjs. I dressed him so that he couldn't get inside his diaper for a week or two. It saved my sanity and I think his interest in the poop painting was forgotten. At that point, we went back to his regular clothes and he hasn't done it since.
A.B. answers from Jacksonville on April 11, 2007
I haven't had to deal with this, but had talked to someone whose twin boys went through this phase. They finally got to the point where they would duct tape their diapers on (having them raise their arms and turn all the way around to make a duct tape belt) so they couldn't get their diapers off themselves. If she's fully potty trained and no longer in diapers, I'm not sure. The only thing I can think of is maybe make her wear diapers again until she stops doing this....?
S.G. answers from Jacksonville on April 10, 2007
I was so lucky to never have this with my children --- although I've had friends to go through this. But ... I don't have any advice as far as that.
However ... recently my daughter befriended a pregnant stray kitten who had 6 sweet kittens. We put them on food as soon as possible obviously NOT thinking about little runts running around with stuff in their bellies. (:-) Beige-ish walls and ecru carpet ... YUCK!! The ONLY thing we found to get totally remove the smell and stains was a tea tree oil based cleaner. It's wonderful. Respond to be personally and I would be happy to send you a 4 oz bottle so you could try it.
Hope the other responses work well with stopping the art!!!
T.W. answers from Jacksonville on April 11, 2007
Not sure what responses you rec'd but I am glad to hear that you rec'd some responses I posted a response like last month some time and no on responded :0) I thought I was alone in this situation. My daughter is not 2 yet, she will be 2 at the end of the month but she has been showing interst in go on the pot since Nov/ Dec time frame we just wasn't pushing it we were letting her go at her own pace, but lately she too has decided to finger paint on the wall with her olders sister doll shoes she did 3 times too many and the last time she got a tanning on her bottom because it was every where........So after that she was not aloud to be in the playroom by herself because that was her safe haven and I don't put a diaper on her during the day she wear undies and I make her sit on the pot every 5 mins.......It is pretty time consuming she doesn't want to go that often so I tell her that she needs to start using the potty and she won't have to go every 5 min...........So what ever I did is starting to work because for the past 3 days if she has gone poop she comes and tells me as she trying to take it off but she is telling me and yesterday she was in undies all day no accidents she even went poop on the potty and this morning when she woke up we put her on the potty and she did both 1 and 2.......
Sorry this emial is so long, but I hope this helps ......just appraise her everytime she goes.....We made a potty chart on the computer and printed it out and she gets to put a sticker on it everytime she goes on the potty. We use stickers for pee and stamps for poop.......
Good Luck with the battle, I am praying that my battle is over
A.S. answers from Tampa on June 15, 2007
I am new to the site and just saw your e-mail and said to myself "I am not alone!!!!". I have yet to find a solution for his new fascination with #2. He wears the pull-up diapers and still manages to destroy a room without even taking the diaper off. As I write this I must say how gross this probably would sound to someone who has not been through this! But as for cleaning...I have purchased a steam cleaner from Walmart for $68.00. After having Sears come out and clean my rugs already 3 times this year, this was my best investment ever. I have also found that the magic eraser is the best invention ever! Since I am responding relatively late to your request, I was wondering what solution have you found to work in redirecting your daughters attention from playing with #2.
R.W. answers from Tampa on April 11, 2007
Hi D., I only have two words... DUCK TAPE. I have twin boys that did the Picaso thing. I tried everything. Pins, onsies, what have you, but they are smarter than we think. It became a challenge to get the clothes off. I finally resorted to duck taping their diapers on when they napped. Believe it or not, they eventually figured out how to get that off. It was a phase. Its funny, they had a different giggle when they were playing with "it" and I knew before I opened the door. And having two made twice the mess!!! I found they were a little too young to reason with. I tried time out, taking away their toys, talking to them. Everything just seemed to roll off their shoulders and they continued until it wasn't fun anymore. As far as cleaning, I would plop them in the tub and scrub them, then make them sit in one spot until I rounded up the toys and put the plastic ones in the tub with bleach and water. I used bleach and water to wipe down the walls as well. I invested in a "little green machine" for the carpets and used pet stain solution. The BEST investment we ever made!!! This too shall pass. Don't think your second will be destined to follow in her footsteps, my first never once did such a thing. Good luck with it all. And take pictures, they will make great blackmail photos one day!!!
M.A. answers from Tampa on April 10, 2007
She's probably acting out because of the baby coming (and the normal "terrible two's"...
- give her some special one-to-one time doing something she likes or going somewhere she likes
- give rewards for NOT doing this behavior
- get her to "help" clean up (not the actual poo, but have her scrub an area nearby while you are cleaning....)
- try clothes that she cannot remove (pin the zipper to a sleeper, difficult clasp overalls, etc
- if those don't work, keep her in sight for a while... either on a blanket on your bedroom floor or something as unappealing so she won't want to STAY in your room forever!!
Kids this age love stickers, finger painting, coloring, bubbles, balloons.... find something she really, really likes and use that to your advantage.
Also, if her stools are too loose, it may be upsetting her tummy. Try bananas, rice, etc.
If her stools are too hard, also upsetting tummy: fruits, especially prunes & plums
GOOD LUCK!! And, don't forget to get some input from your pediatritian....
L.C. answers from Tallahassee on April 12, 2007
I bet one of those Mr Clean majic erasers will get it out. Those things really are "majic". This you could probably use a disinfectant for the germs. Do you just love your little artist? =)