- Hi Michelle,
I went through that with Matthew. I had to either keep him in one
piece shirts or one piece sleepers or tuck his shirts in so good he
couldn't get to the diaper. He did finally stop digging when I
switched to cloth-like diapers...The plastic ones seemed to attract
his attention everytime...maybe for the noise...not sure. But he did
eventually stop/out grow it. Good luck.
Mom of Matt, 12, del+
I've been there right with you,, imagine how surprised I was when i woke up one morning and found both my daughters in that condition! Talk about a bad morning,, and I didn't even have time for coffee!
My option for my daughters was to put them in blanket sleepers and put the sleepers on backwards where they zip up in the back. this isn't 100% but I don't think anything with an angel is 100% foolproof. Or, some parents use the spandex one piece outfits and then put pants on over them. I tried this but my girls just ended up taking the pants off and then it was even easier for them to diaper dig since the spandex was shorts. Other parents have used velcro around the waist to discourage this,, i've never tried that,, all my kids can undo velcro.
After each incidence of this I always make sure to tell my girls no and tell them they know doing that is wrong. They now know that isn't appropriate and will only do it when they think someone isn't watching them.
I think one reason why are kids do this is they are very sensory involved and they like the feel of the poop. Sounds gross, but other parents have said this too. Another thing we did was subsititute the behavior. During structured play time we gave them things like cool whip, silly puddy, or anything soft and squishy. The kids only play with these things under complete supervision. This gives them their fill of anything they *think* they might be missing and actually it was quite successful to get them to lessen the behavior of smearing. finger paint was also a great subsitute.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Mom to Mandy 13, Angie 7, Rocky 3, all AS ube3a
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