How to Teach Your Kid(s) to Wipe Their Bottom

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My son hates getting dirty. He hates it so much that he can’t stand to look at any type of dirt. So the struggle for the bottom wipe was absolutely real for him. In fact, I think he was a little freaked at the idea that poop could possibly get on his fingers. He wouldn’t stop crying and chose to stay on the toilet for as long as he could just so he wouldn’t have to wipe.

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I’m a bit of a freak when it comes to germs and dirt. So having a dirty bottom is not something I would let my son walk around with. I always wiped his bottom for him, which I always thought was easier. Yes, go ahead and say it … I’m a lazy mom.

Now that he’s really getting to the point when he’s going to have to start to do the big kid things, I realized I really had to start being more hands off of that department. So we are in the late struggle of bottom wiping.

So I’m going to be honest here. I’m not going to pretend I’ve become an expert on teaching my child how to wipe his bottom and tell you that you should do the same. Honestly, I’m just a mom learning from others. So I’m going to share the tips I found to be absolutely useful.

I know every kid is different, which means everyone will respond differently to different techniques. So I’m here to share the top 10 techniques I found to be truly helpful:

3 Helpful Ways to Get Your Kid(s) to Wipe Their Own Bottom

  1. 5 Helpful Suggestions to Help Real Moms Perfect Poop Cleanup
  2. In this post, this mom shares information about why we should help our child understand the importance of wiping, the best technique to wiping, the difference between toilet paper and wipes, and perhaps a great way to have them continue the routine of wiping when going to the bathroom

  3. A More Graphic Way to Teaching Your Child to Wipe
  4. If you’re the kind of parent who believes in teaching your child through consequences and showing them more graphic details of things, then this is the post for you. Here, these parents share first hand experience of what they’ve done and shows parents what they can do to get their child to understand how to potty train.

  5. 7 Steps to Teaching Your Child to Wipe (Video)
  6. Here’s an easy to follow video to convey good hygiene, while teaching your child to wipe at the toilet. It’s a great way to help him or her prepare for the times you can’t be around!

How We Helped Our Child Get Over the Fear of Wiping His Bottom

Truth be told, my husband, the awesome man that he is, actually helped my son reach with the bottom wiping challenge. My son’s fear was that he might get poop on his fingers and always refused to wipe because of it. Here’s what my husband did:

  1. Showed my son how to wrap the toilet paper securely around his fingers
  2. Husband helped guide him by holding his fingers as he wiped
  3. Took turns with and without daddy’s hand
  4. Praised him for a job well done!

Of course this could not be perfected after just one lesson. There had to be many times gone before he got comfortable enough to do it on his own.

Believe it or not, there are many moms out there who have children older than a preschooler who still haven’t perfected toilet parts wiping. If you’re right there with them, know that you’re not alone, but understand that you may not be around all the time to help them wipe when they really need it. 🙂 After all, what would they do once they get to college?