Change toilet paper direction to keep toddlers from unrolling too much

Duane, you’re a brave man to put forth a definitive argument for toilet paper direction.

I know that the direction the toilet paper should roll is a borderline religious debate in some households, but it dawned on me that if you’ve got a toddler running around who slaps the roll repeatedly to unroll it, then feeding from the back/under side will prevent that. It won’t prevent it if he’s the sort who likes to grab the end and run around the house with it, but I figured I’ll take what I can get.

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  1. Laura says

    Being the mother of a baby I can see how this will be helpful in the future. Old habits will be hard to break.

  2. says

    One of my kids likes to pull the paper and the other likes to change how it is on the roll. They’re 2 and 4. Anyway one day the same thing your talking about dawned on me. And even though I’m a nazi, drives me crazy any other way, about having the paper go over I’ve conceded to having it come from under because we have less waste and less mess.

  3. mamajud says

    this one is a no brainer for me. 3 kids and not a single toilet overflow……knock wood

    p.s. I never understood the toilet paper direction peeve….if you have time enough to sit and stew over it, you have ample time to “multi-task” and turn it around yourself!

  4. Anonymous says

    I’ve always been bothered by squished rolls. I can’t stand how it makes it more difficult to get the paper you need. Never thought of it as a child-proofing technique! Brilliant! Now all my guests will be complaining about the squished TP at my house! ;)

  5. Ozzie'sMom says

    OMG, my DH just came up with this the other day. Well, he thought he came up with it. He is not usually this practical, so he was really excited that he thought of this. Alas, our son must be some sort of potty prodigy b/c he already figured out how to pull it from underneath…

  6. Annette says

    LOVE the roll-squishing idea! Why is toilet paper so fun to play with, anyway?

  7. christina says

    unfortunately my kiddo figured that if you can get it to unroll the first way, unroll it the opposite way. So far the only way to stop her from unrolling is to take the roll off the handle altogether and just leave it on the top of the tank. DUnno why but she doesn’t touch it if it’s sitting on the tank. Go figure.