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To wipe or not to wipe?

My Kids 3 +4 still ask us to wipe their poopy bottoms, which begs the ?, when do I start teaching them to wipe their own booties?


Asked by HelenetheQueen at 12:36 PM on Jan. 18, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • i started teaching dd at 3 yrs. she will be 4 tomorrow and has just started doing it well enough that i don'tneed to check.
    i would definetly start teaching them asap.

    Answer by jcsmummy at 2:11 AM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • Start teaching them now...give them every opportunity to do it themselves. My son is about half and half on wiping his bottom - but he's proud of himself when he does it.

    Answer by JPsMommy605 at 12:40 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • I always taught them while potty training but they still needed help after. By the time mine were 4 they stopped asking.

    Answer by gemgem at 12:41 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • Mine (3 & 5) do it on their own. I do double check the little one cause she can't quite reach all the way.

    Answer by kerye1016 at 12:43 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • My kids learn at 4.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 12:50 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • My oldest has been doing it for well over a year about 3 1/2 for him.

    He still calls us every once in awhile if he feels he didn't do a good enough job...

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 1:30 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • my daughter stopped asking me at 4..although, if she has dirreah or something, i still help her.

    Answer by alexis_06 at 1:57 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • I would deffinantly start teaching your 4yo to start wipeing. DS just turned 3yo and i will begin to teach him in about 6 months or so.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:22 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • I start with the wiping first thing. I go behind them until they come up clean to me most of the time. That's about 3 1/4 for my kids. I think you should have started them a long time ago. Good luck!

    Answer by shmorris56 at 5:13 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • I have one daycare kid that would cry becouse I refuse to wipe his for him. I think at three - they are old enough! He said it was nasty, I told him, how do you think I feel? Eventually, he learned I wouldn't do it and now he does it himself.
    I teach them as soon as they are learning to potty train, practice practice practice! But, I am a firm beliver in teaching children independance.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:01 PM on Jan. 20, 2009