Calling All Experienced Moms...I Need Help!!

This morning I had my first real "GROSS" mommy moment. I've been lucky and-knock on wood-I've never had to deal with anything like my son getting sick all over everything.

My son has developed this fascination with taking his diaper off. This morning, he took it off and had poop.....EVERYWHERE! NOW I know the reason for mattress pads! Normally, this wouldn't be that big of a deal-EXCEPT-he put his favorite stuffed animals in his crib last night.

NOW his FAVORITE animals have poop ALL OVER THEM. What do I do? Can they be washed? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've taken the sheets, blankets, pillowcase, and stuffed animals and they are all sitting in water waiting for someone to tell me what to do with the animals.

I have filled the tub up with water and washed him with soap THREE times this morning-just to make sure. I have a onesie on him in hopes that he WONT take his diaper off again today.

I am about to go up and use Clorox wipes to wipe everything down-even though I think it is all clean. His windows are open because his room stinks and I need that to air out a little before I go back in there. I took pictures of the whole thing because I'm sure I'll look back on this soon and laugh. I also wanted proof so I could show my husband everything that he missed today!

Now for my other dilemma-what do I do about him taking his diapers off? My husband says we should just duct tape them on at night. LOL-at this point...I'm willing to try it! Pin It!

61 comments:

Gena said...

I would wash everything! The diapers are another story. If you can put them on backwards and put him in a onesie outfit. But that's NEVER a solution either. The truth is, they are kids and he WILL find a way to get his diaper off!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

Oh lordy....I am so happy we didn't go through this with Tommy...I'm curious to see if Jack goes through it...

I think the onesie is a great idea - can you keep him in a onesie or one piece pjs at night?

As for the stuffed animals....Tommy went through a vomitting phase....at least once a week. Most of his stuffed animals ended up in the washing machine. I figured either I try washing them, maybe they get ruined maybe they are saved, or do nothing and just throw them all away....in my opinion its worth the shot in the wash...

Good luck!!!!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I had something similar happen with Charlie a few weeks ago ... she didn't take her diaper off, it just exploded everywhere. All over her crib, stuffed animals, sheet, blanket, etc.

I did a presoak cycle {if you washer can do that. Washed the stuffed animals - I put a few drops of tea tree oil in too. I use it with her cloth diapers, so I figured why not on poopy stuffed animals? I did an extra rinse cycle too because I'm paranoid. if they have "hair" use a low temp in the dryer to not singe it much.

And that was it.

Can't quite help with the diaper taking off problem though, lol though duct tape would surely work ;) Good luck!

MOMMY-MOMO said...

oh nooo! this hasnt happened to me yet! I'll be reading up so when it does.... SICK!

cat said...

I put a onesie vest on under pj's if it is not too hot. Duct tape does work, that I can attest to.

And I just dump the whole lot in the washer - a top loader can do stuffed animals.

Good luck - it is part of the rites in becoming a seasoned mommy.

A Bookish Mom said...

have you tried putting the diapers on Backwards? I did that with all of my kiddos and it worked fine. If those little velcro tabs were outta sight.... outta mind! Good Luck!

Leslie M. said...

hahha.. My daughter didn't love to play in poop, she just LOVED to get naked! hahah
if she was poopey you better believe she kept that diaper ON.
I got Pajamas that zipped or buttoned and put them on BACKWARDS!!!!! YUP! They looked Ridiculous... but it worked!!!!

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CandG~Jill W said...

my daughter just went through this stage...and we only dress her in onesies now. onesie with a dress. onesie with pants. I will put a regular shirt on her only if she is wearing overalls. one piece pajamas-with the snap over the zipper (we had to retire to pairs of pj's with no snap because, yes, she can unzip them!) or those mookie sleepwear outfits that zip in the back (I COVET those). Have fun-and glad you took pictures-they'll be good blackmail later :-)

Arin said...

Okay so diaper taking off problem-Here is what i did with my daughter at night-put on footie pj's or another onesie type that zips up the front-then use the baby-proof safety pins and pin the zipper shut. I had to pin the neck of my daughters pj's in the back too-because after a while she learned to stretch out the neck and get out of them that way. The backwards diaper-i don't think would have even phased my daughter-she would have stripped those off in no time.

As for the toys-throw them in the wash-add some ammonia to it- -(look on back of bottle for directions-or some baking soda) in with your regular detergent- I would wash twice-just to make sure. Then throw the guys in some pillow cases and put em in the dryer-high heat so that all of the germs are killed.

Good luck

LStewart said...

My youngest daughter was the queen of taking her diaper off. If I cleaned one poop mess I know I cleaned a dozen then it dawned on me that if she couldn't see the tabs she would be less likely to pull them thus not being able to get her diaper off. I tried a lot of things including diaper covers but she got wise to that really quick. I finally decided to try putting her diaper on backwards, with the tabs in the back. It was a little more difficult to master but it worked. The back fitting diaper was the answer to no more poop mess.
As for the stuffed animal ... toss it in a pillowcase and into the washing machine. Follow that with a low heat dry then a brushing to make it soft and fluffy again.

shindylahoe said...

YIKES! so sorry you had to wake up to that! You deserve a good coffee! HOpe the rest of your day goes better!
Maybe you could try prefold cloth diapers at night with a pull on wool cover? I can't imagine a baby getting out of that... but who knows your wee one might just be the next houdini.

Gena said...

Yucky! My son never did this. He was a car seat escape artist! I think I would try the sleepers with feet. Even if he unzips, there's a lot of effort trying to maneuver in those. Since diapers have a tendency to leak anyway, I wouldn't want to turn it backwards but the others say it's effective.

The stuff animals, I would wash in white vinegar. It's safer, nothing cleans/deodorizes better and the smell goes away.

Good luck!

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Life Is A SandCastle said...

My son did it & played in it. I cleaned him and then laughed. I took pics of the mess & it was all in the carpet & pat-a-caked on toys. He was about 1 1/2 then.

Use pants on with the diapers & it that don't work use the tape.

My son's recent adventure is putting his favorite toy in the potty, I found it after he used the bathroom on it. he is 2 years old. I can't wait to see what is next.

allthingsribbon said...

I never had that happen. Good thing. But I know someone who did...and she went for the duct tape thing for 2 weeks and then decided to potty train! It worked for her.

Stuffed animals, I have washed a few and they survived!

Good Luck!

erica mueller said...

Mom says I did this. I was the only one out of 8 who did the spreading poop around. I'm so glad my 2yr old hasn't tried this!

I do remember having to put one of my siblings diapers on backwards just cause he liked taking them off and running around naked...

Stuffed animals are normally washable. I'd go ahead and toss them in the wash, UNLESS they have beads or beans in them like beanies babies. Those will swell and the animal will burst. Voice of experience here. For those, you can use a wet cloth, soaps, etc to surface scrub, just don't get the insides too wet. :-)

I'd dry the others in a pillowcase as many others have mentioned, on low heat of course!

Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." said...

Oh, Ick!
If you've soaked the animals, I'd throw them in the laundry with woolite and wash them that way.
As for the diaper, Alex likes taking his off too and we're going to potty train him at the end of the month (when we have nothing going on). The only difference is that Alex hasn't made a mess...yet.
I think it's just a sign of independence and curiosity.
Good luck!

Manic Mother said...

I have even boiled a stuffed animal before since it is his favorite and it was so gross...luckily not with poop..yet.

Midwest Mommy said...

I swear I am not laughing :-)

This stinks, literally!
To keep him from taking his diaper off put him back in onesie type shirts. He won't figure out the snaps to take his onesie off to get the diaper off.

Mel Fraase said...

Yikes! Sounds like you've mostly got the advice you need already. I have washed many stuffed animals. JUST BEWARE if they are really plushy soft minky-like fur to AIR DRY them, or no heat tumble. Otherwise you'll end up with permanently matted fur.

As for the diaper...if putting them on backwards isn't enough, when you know he'll be alone in it add a strip of duct tape all the way across the tabs. I know it sounds crazy, but it works!!!

Good luck!

Natalie said...

Yep, pretty much what everyone else has said. I've had 2 of my 4 do this, but it was a one-time incident for both with the poop. I think I flipped out so much when my first one did it that it scared him into not doing it again! LOL! But, our second son (or was it #3? LOL) went through a phase where he took his diaper off at nap or bedtime all the time. Funny thing was, if he had pants on over the diaper he tended not to do it, and if he did, my husband used packing tape and wrapped it around the diaper. Seriously, it works. He won't be able to get it off.

Just throw the stuffed animals in the wash with everything else. As others mentioned, you can stick them in a pillowcase to help protect them, but they should be just fine. I've thrown a lot of stuffed animals in the wash over the years.

I know how disgusting it is, so I hope he never does it again for you!

Misadventurous Mommy said...

My son has just started doing this and so far he hasn't made any messes with it!

I never had this problem with any of my other children so I'm sorry I can't offer any solutions but if you figure it out let me know as I'm sure I'll be posting the same thing as soon as he figures out that he can take the diaper off at will.

Good luck!

angie said...

Wash those suckers at least twice in hot. :) I used to have to duct tape my twins diapers on.

Krystyn said...

Yes, most of the animals can be washed.

A couple ideas...put the diaper on backwards....duct tap...a halo sleep sack with the zipper on the back?

That's all I've got...we were lucky!

Jaime said...

Ugh, that does not sound fun but it looks like a lot of other mothers have shared their wisdom with you! I hope I don't have that problem x 3 in a year or two! Eeeeeek! Have a great day from a fellow SITSta and mama!

April said...

EWWWWWW.....my girls never took their diapers off......maybe it's a boy thing!

What my girls have done is puke all over their fave animals.......so go ahead and throw them in the wash......it won't hurt!

Loukia said...

I think it would be safe to wash the stuffed animal... as for him not taking off his diaper, the onesie should do the trick! Other than that - good luck to you!
Both my boys have gone poo in the bath tub while taking a bath - now that is seriously the worst thing ever to clean up!

Mighty M said...

Yep - you're going to have to duct tape the diaper. No joke - it works! Just roll that tape around the top of the diaper and he can't get it off. You could try to wash the stuffed animals in the washer and see how they turn out - but I am guessing they will never be the same and they might have to go. Sounds like quite the mess - hope your tummy could handle the clean up!!

Sasha222 said...

When my daughter started taking her diaper off, I just had to make sure she always had pants or shorts on so that she couldn't get to it..hee hee.

I'd say after washing all your poopy animals, bake them in the oven. When my sister had bed bugs she had to put everything in the oven to kill them off and the germs they left behind. I could be completely wrong here, but it sounds like a good idea.

Arin said...

so hearing alot about the duct tape--isn't that a pain to take off??

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

such a funny thing . . . I have three children and none of them ever did this. I was actually so shocked to read this once on someones blog b/c I had never heard of such a thing. I have no advice - I know for me - I would have likely tossed everything or the gross factor!

MamabearMills said...

My friends son does this. They have to put onesies on under his clothes. He can't really get those off, so it saves them a lot of trouble

Sage and Savvy said...

This sounds all too familiar. I can get Little Music Man to keep his diaper on either. Fortunately we've only had #1 accidents, and we did have a #2 accident but it wasn't because of him taking his diaper off, it was because it was just too much and it exploded out =). And we had to clean up EVERYthing too.

The stuffed animals I would just try and wash them in a pillow case and toss them in a dryer if that's possible and wipe down everything w/the wipes or vinegar/water mixture.

If you find the secret for keeping diapers on let me know =)

shortmama said...

lol been there done that, got the tshirt! you can put the stuffed animals in the washer, but I wouldnt put them in the dryer, just let them air dry until they are almost all the way dry and then throw them in on low heat for a few minutes. I have never had a problem with then when doing that. As for the diaper issue. I say keep onesie's on him and see if that deters him for a while.

Michelle said...

hehe, really, I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you! Yes, children are obsessed with the diaper! Onesies are you friend or at least some sort of pant, and yes, the toy can be washed, lol, just check for loose parts afterwards and air dry.

Emily said...

My kids love their stuffed animals and they just get grimy with use. I've washed in the all in the washing machine several times and they've been fine. They're actually rather fluffy and soft when they come out!
As for the diaper issue...trying putting on one piece jammies so he can't get to the diaper. good luck!

♥Lisa♥ @ FinalScore:Boys3Girls2 said...

Wash everything, even the animals. They should make it through the wash just fine.
Get sleeper pjs and cut the feet off and put them on backwards. He 'shouldnt' be able to get them off. GL :)

A Family Completed... said...

I would wash everything. Wash the animals in a seperate washon a delicate wash.
I would buy Evan some toddler boys undies and use them as diaper covers to his diaper. I do that for Owen when he is just in a diaper and shirt so he isn't tempted to pull on the tabs and take the diaper off. They work and he thinks he looks cool.

Michelle said...

Put the animals in the wash. I have done it before and they have turned out fine. Of course delicate and low heat on the dryer.

As for the diaper taking off. B never had that problem but I know lots of kids do.

Sorry! I hope it passes soon!

momstheword said...

Oh yes, my son used to love to "fingerpaint" or just plain rip his diaper off.

We finally took a pair of footie pajamas and cut the feet off. Then we put them on backwards with the zipper in the back, and used a safety pin underneath the pull so it couldn't zip down.

I also considered it a safety issue as I didn't want the safety pin in front where he could mess with it. This was the only thing he couldn't get out of.

During the summer, we took footie pajamas and cut the arms and the legs off so it was like a little romper.

Then, we put it on backward OVER HIS CLOTHES during nap time, so that he couldn't undress during his nap. Because the arms and legs were cut off it was perfect for summer and he didn't get hot.

BTW, duct tape doesen't work. We tried it.

momstheword said...

I should add duct tape didn't work for us. He just shredded the diaper around it and got it off anyway by pulling and stretching. Guess he was stubborn.

Jo said...

As far as cleaning the stuffed animal if it is washable, wash it. I've been reading and googling! Oh google :) and many people say to use vinigar in with the wash (for the washer or a topical washing)

Also someone mentioned the dishwasher... but ehh I don't know if you want poop in there....

Soo sorry on the diaper houdini!

MamaJoss said...

OMG...THAT is my biggest fear! Hope you are well on your way to cleaning it all up -- oh and you are pregnant, so barf-O!! I wouldn't have been able to handle that! Mine can never get to his diapers because I always stuff him into a onesie. Poor Mommy.

Lola said...

This is the worst. My son did this while in his crib. There was poo everywhere on him, the crib, the walls. I must have disinfected that crib 8 times. I also left the windows open all day, night, until bedtime. I swore I could still smell it the next day. At nap time I ended up taking a diaper pin and attaching it to his onesie so that if he tried to unsnap it, he couldn't take it off. The diaper pin prevented this from happening again.

The Caretaker said...

OMGoodness!!! I am sitting here laughing my head off. Sorry. I'm not laughing at you or the situation, I'm laughing because this is all too familiar and I thought I was the only one who had to deal with it. My now 6 year old, when he was about 18 months old he found out how to take his diaper off. His bed was next to ours (they would actually touch because of small space amount). Me and Mr. PTSD and the 18 mo (at the time) were asleep (so we thought). I was sleeping so good and comfortable and I get disturbed by this wet sticky hand on my arm. I look to see what it was and he had taken his poopie diaper off, thrown it on the bottom of his bed, played with that, rubbed it on the wall, and on my arm. I haven't gotten out of bed any quicker than I did that afternoon. And my now 21 month old does the same exact thing but he has his own room. He takes it off constantly. When we think he's sleeping and go to check on him, he's sitting there either playing in the corner with his toes or with poop. It is not funny at the moment and sounds horrifying but you will laugh one day at the whole situation when you read someone elses blog and is going through the same exact thing. As for the stuffed animal, I would try to wash it in the washer. Like someone mentioned earlier, it's damaged now and it can't get any worse. It'll either get damaged in the wash or just throw it away. Either way your baby will be ok. Good luck. Oh, the duct tape got me cracking up out loud!!!! Something Mr. PTSD would say....and actually do.

pam said...

I throw stuffed animals in the wash, and then line dry them.

Jordan'z Mommie! said...

Haha, my son just did this the other day! I just threw his sheets & stuffed animals (& cover for his rocking chair!) into the wash. They came out just fine, I didn't have to do anything to them! If anything-spray w/ SHOUT, I swear it gets EVERYTHING out. (& yes, it's working w/ poop stains...)--
Try keeping a onesie on him...but to be quite honest, my son ONLY tries to take off his diaper when it's soiled...so I guess it's a good sign, b/c it'll be extremely helpful w/ potty training. =)

Shannon said...

My oldest son (24 months) is in this stage too. Yuck! I am not a fan. I have found I have to keep him in onesies and cloths with buttons that aren't easy to pull off. I haven't read all the comments but I had heard you can dry the stuffed animals in a pillow case after washing on delicate. If it makes you feel better, my 12 month old had an up the back episode about 5 minutes after my oldest pulled his poopy diaper off and smeared it everywhere the other day! Fun! hehe

kiddiescorner said...

Oh I feel for you! Read my WW today http://kiddiescornerdeals.blogspot.com This is what my daughter did after putting her in a onesie to leave it on. I have been handed turd balls lol, and pee all over! Oh the joys of 2! She refuses to leave her clothes on, and her diapers. She hates them. Hubby tells me to duct tape it on her backwards, and I am about to seriously. So I wish I could help you but I can, put the animals in on delicate cycle. And Hunny I'm right here with you on this one! This taking off the diaper stuff is driving this mommy crazy.

Kate said...

maybe you can feed him something early in the day that will help him poop before he goes to bed for the night, apricot juice works wonders for my little girl! Just a glass, it's like magic! Good Luck!

Cher said...

My sister actually painted with her poop every night all over the wall. My parents stopped being shocked about it and eventually she stopped! I know that is not much hope though!

Teresha and Damon said...

My niece did this very same thing last week...got poop all over her crib and when my brother found her, she picked up a piece and showed him. She was so proud of her handiwork! I read (I think on Potty MD web site) that this behavior is a sign that kids are ready for potty training. So, maybe it's time to switch to pull-ups and get a potty. As for the poopy toys...Borax powder is an excellent deodorizer and safe to use on toys, baby clothes.

Lori said...

SO glad we've not had this issue. I remember my parents putting my stuffed animals in pillowcases for the dryer cycle. I hope that helps.

one frugal lady said...

I hate to laugh at this, but I am sure you will too one day!
I had the same problem with my daughter not too long ago- I think she was just ready to potty train. I guess they figure that they don't have to sit around in their poo anymore. Try asking him if he would like to poop in a big boy potty?
About the stuffed animals, I wash ours once a week regardless, because of dust and what not.. If you are worried they might fall apart, try washing and drying them inside of a pillowcase. It will keep them intact!
Best of luck to you!
onecheaplady@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

In general, stuffed animals can be washed. If they have the coarser, not soft kind of fur and you put them in the dryer, it may "melt" a bit, though. (We have a cat that now looks like roadkill.) The soft, chenille type fur is usually okay.

As for the diaper, I never put them on backwards. It was too time consuming for me. (Try getting a poopy backwards diaper of a wiggly toddler.) My 2nd did this ALOT. I would put her onesie on backwards. Then, I would put overalls on. The overalls usually worked fine on their own because none of my kids have ever been able to get them open as babies. (heck, my 9 yo still has problems!) That 2nd one, she is a resourceful little thing, though. The overalls (which can also be turned backwards if necessary) and the backwards onesie always worked like a charm.

Michelle said...

Oh, and DON'T USE PULL-UPS! We use about a pack or 2 of them to get the kids used to pulling them up and down, then we go to regular undies during the day and regular diapers at night.

Pull-ups drag it out indefinitely. We still have bathroom issues with our 9 yo. Not using them makes it go faster and creates less confusion. It's fun for little kids to watch the little designs fade away. That is the worst baby-invention ever made. Everyone I've let in on our aha! moment has had a piece of cake time potty training...boys and girls alike. (as have we.) My middle 2 potty trained in no time.

Dana said...

sweriously duct tape them, it works like a charm!!!!

JamericanSpice said...

Duct tape or keep him in suspenders :)

I"m sorry and yet still I giggle. And I hate that I didn't take pictures of ours.

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

Oh, I've been there!

I just toss everything into the washer on gentle!

Chloe was about 18 months when she first started doing that. Whenever she filled her diaper she would immediately remove it and carry it to whereever I was...(just what you want - a clumsy toddler carrying a messy diaper around your house - eww!)
It was at that point that we started sitting her on the potty at intervals throughout the day. Shortly after that she started going on the potty though she still peed in her diapers but I was so happy that I had virtually no more messy ones!

GOOD LUCK!

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Wow... It is scary that I feel like I'm the one writing this post. Our boys are the same age, and my son is doing this TOO!!! Except it's happened more times than I'd like to remember. I dress him in a onesie everytime I put him to bed now, and he still manages to get his hand in there sometimes! I can't figure out how to fix it either, but I keep explaining to him that it's a no-no and it can make him sick, etc. It stopped for a while but then I had to deal with it again 2 days ago. It's disgusting!
BUT, I haven't taken pics... You crack me up that you did that!! LOL!!

MaggieM said...

Yep, wash EVERYTHING, stuffed animals and all, in warm wash in your washing machine. You may need to use the Fluff Air selection on your Dryer, or else, set them in front of a sunny window and let them dry. If your son wears cloth diapers, pin them in the back from now on. If he's in pampers, put them on backwards so he can't reach the pull tabs. You may even have to put a pair of shorts over his diaper when you put him to bed, so it's more difficult for him to access his diaper. Hang in there, it really does get better!

maggie@mannwieler.com

Gunny Hunny said...

The TWINS decided they would share theirs with each OTHER one morning...EVERYWHERE...I was laughing and so ANGRY the same time... I had to step back and remember I am the grown person the life of these two INNOCENT explorers...I threw everything out but the babies and bought new since the present seem to carry so many germs & I bleached the rest with colored & white bleach on whatever I could for about two weeks after.

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