how do I get my 3 year old son to poop in the potty???

Leah - posted on 09/12/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I have tried many ways to get him to poop in the potty and nothing seems to help.

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Eryn - posted on 10/07/2009

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Okay, this has to be the trick for most kids I swear I was doomed and my son never to be potty trained but then I went to the dollar store and bought all of these little toys and put them in a box called his treasure box or potty box, whatever. Every time he would sit on the potty I would let him see his treasure box. If he didn't go then I said "sorry honey, but you only get a prize if you go number two in the potty. The second time I sat him on there he forced it out and got a prize. He was ecsatic so for about a month every time he would go he would get a prize, it can get pricy so switch it up with some fruit snack treats or stickers and tatoos. It is definitely worth a shot!

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Alisa - posted on 12/12/2012

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I have had the same issues as others with my son. He is good about going potty in the toilet but not poop. He will hold it all day at daycare and sometimes at home too. Sometimes he holds it for two days and then poops in his underwear. His daycare sent his best friend to the next class even though they are the same age so, he feels like he is being punished and they tell me he is doing a "horrible job with pooping" right in front of my son! I feel that they are discouraging him or adding extra pressure. I stay positive with my son but is the daycare making it worse?

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My son is the same way he will bring me a pamper when he has to go poop pee he will go on his toilet or the adult one he dont care.

Paige - posted on 10/08/2009

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Take away the diapers and say no more your too big now. He might have a couple accidents but chances are he will notice how gross it is. Best advice for me, He potty trained at 2.

Samantha - posted on 10/08/2009

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Best tip for working out bowel motion on potty it all comes down to timing most kids have a rough time of day they do it so sit your son on the potty at that time, when you son does the motion on the potty reward with a small treat this will help incourage same action again. Hope this helps...Just hope my twins three year old girls aren't too much work this summer...

Jennifer - posted on 10/08/2009

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I am going through the potty training also. My son seemed to be shy going poop in the potty. He would say he had to then he would tell me he was done. I took his potty and moved it to his room. Now he goings in the potty 90% of the time. When he has gone either pee or poop we take it to the toilet and while I am cleaning the bowl he flushes the big toilet. He has always liked flushing toilets. So that is his reward every time.

Joni - posted on 10/08/2009

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Good idea! I will give that a shot. Some of my problem with Kiersi is that the few times she did go on the potty, she told her older sister and she took her. She seems to only use the potty if Gillian takes her. Poor Gillian is only 5 years old and doesn't want to be bothered escorting her to the bathroom all the time!

Joni - posted on 10/07/2009

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I am having the same problem with my daughter. It seems like she will never be going on the potty! I guess maybe they aren't ready...

Rosa - posted on 10/06/2009

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I am having the same problem! My 3 year old daughter has been going #1 in the potty since she was 2 but she REFUSES to go #2! She goes into panic-mode & won't settle for anything but me putting a diaper on her. I have tried EVERYTHING! Rewards, making a BIG deal out of it, the 'poop in potty' dance, but none of it has worked!

Reading the other replies I think I am going to try to sticker thing, but she's not that into stickers at the moment.. but I'll try anything once.

I feel your pain though, so frustrating to have to change poopy diapers for THREE years now! Ugh.

Billiejean - posted on 10/05/2009

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Yes, I'm having this problem too.
I've first figured out his schedule and then I talked to him about it and oneday he went into the closet and let me know then I rushed and put him on the potty (not toilet). He did it!!! we celebrated by having 2 cookies. Now we are waiting patiently for another one to happen. It should happen today.

Karen - posted on 10/05/2009

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I'm having the same problem with my son. After reading up on the subject it is quite normal for little one's too not poo on the potty or toilet. I'm now trying not to make an issue of it & hope that my son will do it when he is ready. Although it's good to know that we are not alone with this problem.

Ivana - posted on 09/27/2009

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i have the same problem with my 3 year old daughter, and i don t know what to do!

Ute - posted on 09/24/2009

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One thing that really helped with my daughter, was a Potty training toy (a little stuffed animal with panties on, a small plastic toilet with a sink AND a potty training DVD. It's called "Mommy and Me, Potty Training ABC's". It's a cute little cartoon about animals being potty trained, washing hands, not quitting etc. My daughter still to this day says every time she goes poop on the toilet: "Roarrrr, I'm glad I didn;t quit.." It's cute, and it worked! I bought it at WalMart, it's like $20.00

Sarah - posted on 09/22/2009

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my son was the same and then he did his first poo on the potty and saw it and was scared of it and would go again so i sat him on the big toilet and then he did it on the big one and one he did it i made so much of a fuss that he was so excited to go to the toilet the next time.

Alison - posted on 09/21/2009

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Keep in mind that it is normal for #2 to take a little more time.



I heard that some children do not like to do number two in the potty. I encouraged my daughter to go on the big toilet. This may help.



Once the deed is done, I took a picture of dd and her "job" (thanks to Kate Gosselin). She has never smiled bigger. She asked for another pic with the second one, then it was pretty much smooth sailing.

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2009

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i got this idea from another parent and tried it with mine and it worked!! i was almost at my wits end with tryin to get my son to go potty in the potty, poop and pee!!!! he would sit on the potty, but get up and hide under the table and poop!!! so what i did was i got a big poster board of his favorite color. I named it Logan's Potty Chart. I drew lines on it that made squares. then i went out and bought him some of his favorite stickers (thats the key!! gettin stickers that he loves. Mine were dinosaures) so i told him that EVERY time he goes potty he gets 1 sitcker that he picks out. and EVERY time he goes poopy in the potty he gets 2. and if he goes both poopy and potty he gets 3!! and of course he tried to trick me by saying he went potty, and never did. well with the potty chart he could see his progress and LOVED looking at all his stickers that he earned!!! by the end of the poster board he was pretty much fully potty trained. and that included night time training. I was lucky in that department. he didnt really wet his bed. During the training i always told him to sit down to go potty, I feel that its a lil easier to have them sit down at first while they're learning, then once they get the hang of it, then try to teach them to stand up. It was only a few weeks after we finished to potty chart that he started standing up. Actually he saw my husband do it, and then started doing it himself!!! it like almost immediate that he did it! so try this, it works a lil better than giving him a sucker or soemthin cus then he associates potty with food. with the chart HE can see his progress!! and they LOVE talkin about all their stickers!! Every time my son went to the potty, he would go on and on and on about all his stickers, and i was there to reinforce the good behavior by saying wow logan look at all those stickers you have!!!! you are such a big boy!!! and he jus loved it!!!! yes there will sometimes be some set backs, or accidents, but TRY not to get mad or frustrated cus that will only hinder his progress. soon he'll get the hang of it, dont worry, they all get potty trained eventually!!! good luck and i hope this works with your child!!!!

Amy - posted on 09/13/2009

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I have never had this problem with my son, he was going poop on the potty before he was one. But, here are some of my suggestions, they may sound wierd or you may not be comfortable with them all, but they worked.



1. Make a big deal about poop. Let him come in the bathroom with you or his Dad when you are going, show him the poop in the potty.

2. Put his potty in a place other than the bathroom. I always had mine in the living room in the early phase of training, let him sit on it whenever he wants, reward him for sitting on it and trying to go poop.

3. Reward and be positive- if he goes give him something, i created a piggy bank for my son and gave him coins, then took him to the store to buy something.

4. If you see him making a poop face or hiding get him on the potty asap.

5. You could make him a sticker chart for trying to go potty, post this next to the potty on the wall.

6. Let him call his grandma or someone special, after he goes poop, again this makes a big positive deal out of it, and he will want to go.

Remember - Be positive, never critize or repremand him, make a big deal out of it, Poop is a good thing, it should be a happy time.

Also don't put pull ups or diapers on him, use the cloth training underwear with rubber pants, so he can feel when he goes.

Good Luck!

Inga - posted on 09/12/2009

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have u tried sitting him on it while he eats and watches tv. and when he does poop give him a lollipop or something he likes as a treat?

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