My son won't poo on the potty...running out of ideas and patience

Serena - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son has been potty training for a little less than a year now. He pees on the potty great but he just won't poo on the potty. I know he goes at school but at home he just won't. It doesn't matter if he is wearing his big boys or not, he will still go in his closet and poop. He lets us know as soon as he is done but even when we know he is going to do it and ask him to poop on the potty he will say no he doesn't have to go. What can I do?

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Angela - posted on 04/26/2010

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Honestly, I don't want to sound evil lol but i make my daughter stay in the toilet for 5min. Every 15 min. And when she's ready to go Poo on her self I pick her up and run to the toilet. So far she went once for poo in the toilet. Progress is progress (you have to be on top of them)

Dinah - posted on 04/26/2010

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I think that you are just going to have to make him sit there. My son refused to poo in the potty as well and I started making him sit on the pot for about 10 minutes during a time when I knew he had to use it. Initially he wouldn't do anything and it felt like it wasn't working, but last week I found him on the potty using it. We danced around singing him praises...lol Persistence and patience does prevail...channel your inner "Supernanny" lol

Melissa - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son is 2 1/2 and at home he is fine going to the bathroom. At first he wouldn't poop on the toilet and would do it in his underwear so I took off his underwear and he goes on the toilet. He had no where else to go. If we are out somewhere I can usually tell that he is getting ready because he gets quiet or trys to hide somewhere so you just watch for the clues at home and put him on the toilet and if he says he doesn't have to go say thats ok we are just going to sit here for a little bit, give him a book and look away from him (pretend your busy doing something but right in range that he can see you)

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I am having the same problem with my three year old son. He will pee in the potty all day long but absolutely refuses to poop on the potty. He sits down when he pees so I figured pooping should come fairly easy. Boy was I wrong. I have even caught him going in his pants, rushed him to sit on the potty but he didn't do anything. Then about an hour later he had pooped in his underwear again. I am getting really frustrated with this and do not know what to do! Any help would be appreciated.

Kathleen - posted on 04/24/2010

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try giving him a matchbox car when he goes on the potty.. i use to have a special bag of cars.. my son loved disneys cars movie.. so i had a variety of them.. and when he would us the potty he could get his suprise... as he was getting alittle older and doing it more we switched to havin a chart and after three stickers he got to choose someplace to go.. (movies, mini golf, roller skating.. ) his choice and as he got better at it we changed the amount of stickers to more... befor he got his reward.. eventually he forgot about the sticker and rewards .. he just goes in and goes... good luck....

Amber - posted on 04/24/2010

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No, you can never tell when he has to go. He will just be playing, and on rare occasions he will go stand in the hall and when we check him he has already went. We don't know what time of day either because like his dad, he can go 3 or 4 times a day. It's really frustrating.

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If you know the time of day he goes poo, make a nice long bath time during that period and have the potty ready to put him on once he starts making "poo face". This has worked for my daughter who has had a lot of trouble learning #2s! She's gone three nights in a row during bath and it's such a relief. Before that she was doing small ones over and over again and was making a huge mess.

Aneisha - posted on 04/23/2010

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Does he make a certain face or sound you can look for? Or does she do it with a straight face? Is she talking? I had to get my daughter to say boo boo and pp and understand it first. She went from just repeating it when I said it, to saying she boo boo to she got to boo boo. Took her about two good months to get it down pact.

Geneviève - posted on 04/23/2010

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OK, but how do you know it's time for number 2? My daughter (2 and 1/2) would go hide to do it in her pull-up... I should be checking here every second to see if she's pushing to get it out?

Aneisha - posted on 04/21/2010

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I'd say dont ask him, tell him to go anyway. My daughter would tell me no and then turn around and do it right in front of me. Try having him sit down, not sure if he is big on privacy maybe crack the door and give him a book to look at while sitting down

Amber - posted on 04/21/2010

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I am having the same problem with my 3 year old. He is doing amazing with going pee but refuses to poop in the potty. What frustrates me that he is fine when he has visits with his mother and at day care and will go just fine. Their mother has even gotten our 22 month son to go pee and poop, but we can't get him to sit on the potty to save his life. Please help.

Bianca - posted on 04/19/2010

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I'm in the same boat my son who's 3 will hold on to his wees till he goes to the toilet but when it comes to number 2 he'll do it in his undies. It's really annoying so yeah HELP here too.

Angie - posted on 04/12/2010

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dont ask if he has to go just tell him " its time to go use the potty" and dont forget to compliment or congradulate him its a big deal using the potty let alone pooping in the potty. i celebrate with my daughter every time she uses the potty and she just keeps doing it. try it

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