Poop in the tub is a parenting nightmare that all parents will have to deal with at some point. In this episode of The Lab, Daddy Brad and Daddy Clay run you through the drill of what to do when your kid does this in the bathtub.
Clay: Ask parents what the worst thing about parenting young kids is and nine out of ten will say poop in the tub. Brad: The one in ten says the wiggles, but poop in the tub is bad. Clay: Now, before we get to our poop in the tub experiment, we do have a few tub topics we would like to go over. Brad: First, a little safety. Never bathe the child that can’t sit up for an extended period of time in the tub, for the first six months or so, you’re going to want to loose an infant tub like this one. Clay: Never leave a kid under five alone in the tub even for a second. Don’t answer the phon or the door or your wife your other kids. Tub time is sacred. Close the door. It only takes a second for a kid to get in serious trouble. Brad: Before the bath, always add in the cool side. You may like to–head off your own back, but kids are more sensitive, keep it warm enough that they can play. Clay: Fixtures in the tub can be a real safety hazard for kids, just learn not to move around. They present a danger for falls or for scalds. There are products that will cover–like water deflector. We also like the baby bath gate because it protects kids from both hazards. It cuts down the tub real state, so its best if you only have one bather at a time, but we really like this product. Brad: Tub time is generally pretty fun time. Make sure that you get in the bath tub rotation. Don’t let mom have all the fun. There are lots of tub toys on the market, things–or make noises. But you know, you can even keep it simple, cups of various sizes work just great. Clay: The rubber duck. Thanks–it’s the icon. The sacred cow of tun time. But we–duck and here is why. Get some toys like, they don’t drain very well, and we hear the–the environment of the bathroom, things start to grow in there. Before you know it, your little ducky is an ecosystem, and when you squeeze these, it trows up black chunks of ,molds. It’s disgusting. I have seen it. That’s why Dad Labs recommend that you choose tub toys that drain and dry basically at the same rate as your tub. How often should you bathe a child? Well, there is really no expert consensus. Kids in diapers should probably be bathe every other day. Older kids? Well, how dirty are they? Your nose will probably tell you. Brad: And you don’t have to use soap every time. Washing here for kids under five is fine, every other bath, and only use baby soap. Don’t even let them play with the bar soap because once her is in the water, it gets in their eyes and you’re done. Clay: Water in the eyes during tub time seems to be kids biggest complain, it usually happens during hair washing. Now, there are products out there that look a little bit like a visor that will keep the water out of your kids eyes, I found that the key is the keep down the number of rinses. That’s when you keep a big water bottle, like this one in the bathroom. The two of these causes fewer tears than six of these. What's with my kids? Brad: Now, when kids are taking baths in the tub, the subject of–sure to come up. What do you call it? Do we use the medical correct term or you make up something? You know, the Dad Labs have found that fathers of boys–clear. Clay: Well, we just call it penis, right? That’s what it is, it’s a penis. So we call it penis. Brad: Fathers of girls are less so. Clay: Well, we wanted to call it right medical term, but, you know, vagina. So we call it the “GG” Brad: Let’s talk about poop in the tub Clay: Because it’s going to happen. We got eighteen-month-old kid. It’s warm, it’s nice, diapers off. We’re having a great time. I will tell you, about one of every five times, that kid—who is going to drop the deuce. So, to simulate that, we have this–the drill, and three, two, one, and defecation. Brad: We have an emergency situation. Watch what we do. Get the kid off. Take him out of the tub, put him on the shower, wash him off, clean all the material off him. Okay, crisis averted. Second step, tub management. Bow, Clay, I would like to use a special device like this to wrangle those to the net. Clay: No. Brad: Now, when it comes to tub management, there is only one way to go, and that’s manual. Now, if you use a device like this or a cup, you’re going to be chasing those around for about half an hour. Manual is the only solution. You got me right. And scoop and throw and scoop and throw.