Monday, January 26, 2009

Complacency Is Not A Good Thing

If you're not familiar with the term, "Diaper Diving" than thank your lucky stars. Unfortunately, I'm very very familiar with the term. For those lucky few, here is a definition.

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.



32 comments:

  1. when you emailed me and told me what diaper diving was, I was shocked and thankful that my kiddos don't do it. Praise God! Wow, so sorry for all that. I wonder what the draw is? No pun intended... seriously. wow.

    My back is better and kiddos hopefully are on the mend... yippeee

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  2. Oh, Julie! I'm so sorry you had to deal with that on a Sunday morning. Hopefully your Sunday improved! :D

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  3. ahh just one more thing to look forward to should I ever become a parent :) hehe

    that picture of her in her duct-taped pjs make me laugh :)

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  4. ooooh... thank you for the warning. With Miss Ky I'm sure it's only a matter of time. And you're right, it's a good thing she's cute-- look at that cheeky grin!

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  5. Um, I accidentally deleted my blog - long and unpleasant story. Here's my new address: www.thegencojournal.com

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  6. Oh my goodness! That sounds horific! I like the duct tape to the footed pjs. I need to do that for my itchy baby-he takes off his pjs to scratch himself raw...and I have tried everything-except duct tape...gotta run and go get me some!

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  7. Still laughing..and gagging!! I remember the pj pictures. She has grown SO much. That grin is deceiving too.

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  8. I LOVE the photos of Marley!!!!

    I had never heard of diaper diving before... and now I fear it!! ;-)

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  9. Those pics of Marley are so cute, I don't believe a word you have said here. That angel couldn't have done the deed you are accusing her of;)
    Thankfully none of my kids ever did that. Though my youngest would take his diaper off never with anything but pee in it.

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  10. Since you live in CA, I guess I can't tell you to SPANK her! But I'm thinking a cold hosedown in the shower EVERY TIME would greatly discourage any acts of diaper diving!!!!

    It sure curbed laziness here. When they were fully trained and just didn't bother to go to the toilet they got a cold shower in the winter, and a hose off in the yard in the summer.
    It doesn't hurt, but it is sure unpleasant. Unpleasantness speaks the same language as any toddler!

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  11. The first two pics are so funny... love her expression in both!

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  12. Dios Mio!!

    I have no words. Well, other than blech!!!

    And since the very idea make me want to barf, I'm quite sure my own daughter will become a master DD'er. Thanks to you, however, I now know how to battle it.

    yikes.

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  13. Oh, gosh. I've never heard of this. I feel awful for you. Good luck... and keep those footed pj's on backwards!

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  14. Oh yucky! But I can't help but laugh. I'm sure you weren't laughing about it at the time. Oh my goodness! I would be so grossed out if Noah did that I'd probably throw up.

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  15. Oh praise Jesus that I haven't had a child do said diaper diving! I guess Abe could still surprise me yet. Wow- she is stinking cute though. She had some great modeling poses in the pj's!

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  16. I can't even imagine your horror upon coming into a poo covered room. I'm shaking my head just thinking about it. I love the duck tape!

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  17. Oh she's ADORABLE! Just send her on over here!

    Never heard of that but glad to know....

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  18. Oh man, Julie. What must be going through her little head? Is that like a ready to potty train thing?

    She is VERY VERY cute!

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  19. Ewww...not a good Sunday morning for you. {{{HUGS}}} My kids never did this but I have heard of A LOT of them who have. Wow, who would have thought after a year and 1/2 she would do it again! But she is SOOOOO cute.

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  20. I don't believe it for one minute!! She is way Too cute for such Shenanigans!

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  21. Poor little Marlie, she can't help it!!

    Easy for me to say, right!?! Oh Julie! I can't imagine the nightmare that must cause to walk into especially when you need to be somewhere and give breakfast to the rest of the family, change everyone, brush teeth and faces, etc, etc.... I'm tired just writing it!

    She's got to be almost through this stage, right???

    Big hugs! xoxo

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  22. No she didn't...
    Oh my Julie, that girl is ornery. Her and Biruk would have a hoot together. I bet you were in a great mood this morning :)

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  23. Just a note of hope: The only other diaper diver I have heard of, is currently in Stanford (with an academic scholarship, I may add).

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  24. Wow. On the plus side ummmm she's got a GREAT memory, doesn't she?

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  25. The duct tape picture is priceless! I think it tells the story well. Awww

    My youngest once rubbed it all over the bed, ate it, puked, and then threw it across his room!!! He did not like dirty dipers after that experience. :)It stands out as one of those days in my mind. LOL

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  26. I'm very familiar with this practice. My now 4 yo used to do this. We too put her footie jammies on backward. It did really work until she grew out of it. Now we're trying to get her to wake up and NOT pee-pee in her bed at night. She's successful about half of the time. I can't wait until I don't have to wash bedsheets a million times a week! :D

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  27. teehee, it is so funny because it hasn't yet happened in this house..oh i'm sure it will now that i've written that. you're right, though, she is too cute for words!

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  28. WOW. This is full on! Can't wait for this...NOT!! Love that you posted about it!

    Found you through BPOTW!

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  29. Julie, this is Colleen now I must say that the younger pictures were hilarious and the duck tape priceless and then finally to see her little angelic face and that smile lol I am just grateful that I am the one hearing about it and not the one cleaning it up lol but this will make a wonderful embarrassing story when she gets older.And you are just an awesome mom inspiring. Ok I am off to bed Have a blessed week

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  30. No way! After a year and a half! That girl has some fascination doesn't she? Maybe she'll be a famous modern artist. Start taking photos of her poo pictures...they may integral to understanding her paintings in later years ;)

    Thanks for sharing this post on BPOTW!

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  31. Oh yikes! I've only had one child do that. While sleeping between us he did it on my pillow and his Daddy's hair while we slept. That was a nice way to wake up.

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  32. Oh that IS so funny! You duct taped? LOL!!!

    Good thing she is so stinking cute!

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