Time to talk about poo. We’ve had a few incidents recently from Olly, I had a lot from Max but he was younger so I thought Oliver may have bypassed this phase.
When Max was younger he used to smear at bedtime. He would play in his poo- decorating the walls and floor. Obviously I can’t watch them 24 hours a day, and I was told that we needed to get into a bedtime routine in the hopes that he would understand and sleep. He didn’t. He used to sleep 2 hours a night. I would put him in babygrows as he couldn’t undo poppers. When that didn’t work I put him in pyjamas with a vest over the top that fastened with poppers (press studs) the I tried buttons and zips. He still found a way to get into his poo and paint which resulted in me stripping his room and leaving him with painted walls and tiles on the floor which were moppable. Mattress cover, etc to make clean up easier. I would go up and down the stairs to check every ten minutes. With his language being limited after a few tries with various words we ended up with “dirty, don’t touch” and so now at 23 he still won’t wipe his bum and if you try to force the issue he says “dirty, don’t touch”. We are working on this.
Oliver – well he has been fascinated by his bodily functions a while but his last episode was a while ago and that was doing a wee in various receptacles and emptying it in the toilet. The only poo incident we had was where he slammed his door and couldn’t open it so by the time I had gone up to check on him he had used the volcano out of the dinosaur set as his toilet. Genius!
Oliver has stopped sleeping in his room again- Christmas changes threw him so he has been camping at the top of the stairs. The toilet is 3 paces away from where he lies and plays. One evening his dad went to the bottom of the stairs to look and make sure he wasn’t paddling in the toilet (oh yes that’s fun) he said he could smell poo. He goes up and I grab clothes and cleaner. Upstairs he had re-enacted the episode where Bing stands in dog poo, only he had substituted his poo for dog poo and all of Bing’s friends had jumped in it too. He tried to wipe his bum 2 nights later, couldn’t so wiped his hands on the wall of the landing. Last night there was a poo at the top of the stairs. He hadn’t even attempted the toilet. When I asked what it was, Oliver shouted “Poo!” in a gleeful tone. I said “where does poo go?” and he pointed to the toilet. So it’s not like he doesn’t know. I’ve been told it’s quite common for this to happen, although no one agrees why. We keep it low key, reinforce the toilet, and just clean it up with no recrimination. We don’t want to make it something he gets lots of attention for. I carried his pyjamas down to the washing machine last night, carefully I thought, but not carefully enough!
I know kids find poo funny- my 3 year old thinks poo head is the best insult ever! I don’t find it quite so funny when I’m scrubbing the carpet. Although thinking about the Bing thing he did- well it does raise a smile.