Diaper Diving: When a child has a diaper full of poo and said child reaches into diaper to grab said poo, using the poo to assist them in a finger-painting masterpiece. Diaper Diving always happens when a parent is not watching and usually happens when the child is in their bed. Bed frames and walls above the bed make very good canvases for their poo masterpieces.
My youngest is the only child I have that has ever participated in this behavior, but she has done it enough times to make up for the other two kids.
This behavior went on for some time until I had the brilliant idea of putting her in footed pj's for all naps and bedtime.
That trick worked for a few months. That is, until she figured out how to take her pj's off. Then the diaper diving resumed.
Then, out of desperation, I got out the duct tape.
Even then, on occasion, she was able to get the duct tape off, and then remove her pj's to gain access to her dirty diaper.
Some experienced mothers gave me the sage advice of putting on footed pj's backwards. Just twist the legs around so the feet fit or cut the feet off. (of the pajamas, NOT the child) This technique has successfully prevented Miss Diaper-Diver from accessing her dirty diaper for the past 1 and 1/2 years. I wondered if we even still needed to put her in footed pjs at night. Are her backward pj's the only thing keeping her from accessing her dirty diaper? Or has she grown out of it?
I bought a new pair of pj's from Gymboree during a sale. They were the kind that fastened with snaps all the way down, instead of a zipper. I thought to myself, surely she can't get her outfit off with the pj's put on backwards. She might not even want to do that anymore. It's been a year and 1/2 since she last did that.
Note to Self: Never, ever consider footed pj's with snaps to be an effective means of preventing diaper diving, unless you'd like to spend your Sunday morning cleaning sheets, walls, bed frame, daughter and self while getting everyone ready for church on time.
It's a good thing she's so cute.