Kids and their toilet humour

Getting to the bottom of it – kids just love their toilet humour


Kids and their toilet humour

Not a post for the squeamish. Oh, and it contains a handy Amazon link, just in case you fancy adding some Dinosaur that Pooped flavour to your bookcase)

What’s with kids and their toilet humour?

I’m getting a little off-track today, but bear with me! Trying a little calm parenting can be tricky when your kids are obsessed with toilet humour. Yes, my boys (currently aged 5 and 3) are at that potty-mouth, bathroom-humour stage. They’re obsessed and find anything to do with bottoms hysterically funny.

And sometimes it is funny – when teaching Boo and Tiddler the names of the planets recently, we got as far as Uranus before they began giggling manically. It was kind of amusing and I’m grateful they have a sense of humour.

Other times I wish they’d stop calling people poo-head when annoyed. No matter how many times I tell them it’s a rude thing to say, they can’t seem to help their potty-mouth. At least they’re not using adult swear words which would be trickier to deal with.

Don’t waggle your bottom at me!

Of all the funny things I never knew I’d say as a parent, ‘don’t waggle your bottom at me!’ has to be up there with the best of them. My second favourite is ‘stop licking the car’, but that’s a tale for another day.

Boo takes to waggling his derriere at me when he’s trying to be defiant and aside from the ‘poo-heads’ we have ‘billy-willy’ casually chucked in for good measure. That’s not the worst of it though. One time when I was telling him off after his bath Boo actually came up to me turned around and blew off in my face! (I told you this post wasn’t for the squeamish…).

In fact, give them a book related to toilets or bottoms and they’re in reading heaven. Take one of their current favourites, The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past! An endearing tale of a dinosaur who uses broccoli-powered poo to return from his time travel escapade (it’s quite amusing, if you like that kind of thing…). The boys sit quietly listening, and as I get to page where ‘the dinosaur knew what he needed to do….’, you can feel their gleeful anticipation. I turn the page and wham! They jump up and yell in unison – ‘he needed to POO!’ Cue peals of laughter.


Boo has been going through his bathroom vocabulary phase for at least a year – I think he’s drawing inspiration from his pals in the playground at school. Maybe sharing poop-related stories and jokes is the in-thing for five-year olds.

It’s only a phase

Apparently pre-schoolers and reception year kids do use toilet humour to get them through the toilet training stage, as this Today’s Parents article shows.

So, only a couple of years to go then before they grow out of it. Or not if you take Mr N’s point of view – he reckons that boys never leave this potty-humour stage. We’ll probably be getting toilet humour until their teens and beyond then. I’m sure we’ll get through it though, one Dinosaur Pooped book at a time…

Are your kids at the toilet humour stage? Are you a secret Dinosaur that Pooped fan? Let me know below!

Author: Mindfully Mummy

Sarah is a writer and mum to two energetic boys. She practises mindfulness daily and loves sharing practical mindful tips with fellow parents. Sarah has a degree in psychology, writes at Blue Fox Copywriting and blogs for various sites about lifestyle, careers, parenting and well-being.


  1. I love the wicked giggles at this stage 🙂 #bigpinklink

  2. Haha, Youngest loves the dinosaur that pooped books and has two!! Every time we read it she giggles so loudly #binkpinklink

  3. Kids are pretty gross about toilet time aren’t they?! My daughter likes to wiggle her bum a lot too, she’s very proud of her bottom! #bigpinklink

  4. Ha ha I think Mr N is probably right – my 3 still find bottom humour mildly amusing but probably because they know just how much i don’t like it – though, come on, Poo Head is always very funny! Great post #bigpinklink

  5. I’m pretty sure every member of my family, both male and female, never left this stage!! We have that book, and also my niece had a game called Doggy Doo-Doo once which involved putting a play-doh like substance into a toy dog’s mouth and then making it poo (there was an actual game element involved but I have forgotten that!). It caused the most hysterical laughter in the adults, the kids grew bored very quickly but we carried on playing and laughing for a long time. #bigpinklink

  6. oh e are in this phase at the moment – it wouldnt be so bad but my husband joins in and things get very silly very quickly! I have had to ban toilet-talk at the table now for both of them #bigpinklink

  7. My 2, (same ages!), are at the exact same place! It’s a bit draining at times! We have the dinosaur that pooped christmas and that is a firm favourite. I think it’s so gross though!!! Thanks for linking again! #bigpinklink

  8. Ha ha how funny. Love the toilet humour, and the name ‘poo head’. #bigpinklink

  9. Nope! They NEVER grow out of it!!! Sorry but the stuggle is real!!!argh! My two are awful, it drives me crazy! I feel your pain… #bigpinklink

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