What do you do with your toddler when you have to poop? (an ILP-M/ILTMI crossover thread)

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Normally when I'm watching my 17-month-old, I have already taken care of business for the day. If I have to pee, I'll throw her over my shoulder and bring her in the bathroom with me. nbd. But today I had to poop, and I honestly had no idea what the fuck to do!

Do I bring her in the bathroom with me? It wouldn't be as easy as when peeing, for about a dozen reasons.

Do I try and get her really interested in a tv program, so she zones out and seems relatively sedentary, then run down the hall and try and take a poop really quickly and just assume her safety by her not crying?

So with no relief in sight and an increasingly urgent need to use the bathroom, I went for option 2 today. I was quick about it and the bathroom's not terribly far from the bedroom. But still, I felt really uneasy like she could have used today to try to learn to jump off of things or find something small to choke on.

And so I come back to the room and she's teething on the cable to a Playstation remote! So it was a bad idea. A real bad idea. But so I what? Take her into the bathroom with me and give her something to play with? At present, the bathroom's definitely not babyproofed, is part of what influenced me. Bottles of cleaners and medicine all within easy reach.

I dunno. Sorry to lay this on you guys. But I expect that in the comingyears before i feel safe leaving her alone, I may find myself in similar circumstances.

beachville, Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:18 (five years ago) Permalink

put her in a carseat or something, lol

recent thug (k3vin k.), Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:21 (five years ago) Permalink

This is not a pooping challenge but a babyproofing deficiency. You need to babyproof a part of your house where you can leave your baby for a few minutes and if necessary train them to be comfortable there without you. That will allow you to do a lot of things like taking out garbage, dealing with laundry, going to the bathroom and so on. You should probably babyproof your bathroom anyway so you can sit on the can while they play on the floor.

everything, Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:23 (five years ago) Permalink

that's what I'm thinking, everything. Even our most babyproof room has a couple faults I'm not comfortable with.

beachville, Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Babyproofing your home is not a goal - it's a series of continual upgrades that involves adopting or discarding various situations pretty much until they move out.

everything, Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:28 (five years ago) Permalink


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