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My almost 2 year-old daughter refuses to wear diapers sometimes. We do let her run around naked and experiment with the potty, but sometimes, when I know a poop is imminent and she’s sitting on my bed, I want that sweetheart in a diaper. And, she’s not quite ready for official potty training. Any suggestions? Also, it’s a full on wrestling match trying to get the diaper on.
Hey Sarah, great question. Toddlers are in many cases the worst. And in many cases the best. What’s that all about? They are the best because they really start to have a personality, and they discover what they like and what they dislike. But they are the worst because they really start to have a personality, and they discover what they like and dislike.
I mean, I totally hear your daughter, wearing a diaper would be like walking around in a giant maxi-pad. And we all know how gross maxi-pads are. But I also hear you, bedding is expensive, cleaning poop off of furniture is the worst and you can’t potty train a kid until they are ready. Quite the conundrum. So, here’s some food for thought:
Have you thought of litter training? I mean, if a 4-week old kitten can learn to poop on some sand then a kid for sure could right? Kittens are dumb and humans are smart. So that could be something?
What about lining your entire house with puppy pee pads? You could lay them around everywhere with duct tap. Similar to when university students would prep their house for a huge party by lining their floor with cardboard. Then when she lets one loose, you’re covered because your entire house is a giant diaper.
If she was a dog and I was heartless, I’d tell you to rub her nose in it. But that would be abuse so let’s pretend it was never brought up.
Or, I got it, what if you and your husband bought adult diapers and walked around the house in them pant-less so that she’d see how cool wearing a diaper truly is.
I think Sarah, there’s a lot of great things here and with my help, you and your house will be covered in significantly less poop in no time.
PS. Don’t google “naked baby funny” unless you want to see gross pictures.