Refuses to poop on the potty!

Faith - posted on 11/22/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 years. He currently uses potty for pee pee only. He doesn't wet the bed at night and tells me when he needs to pee. He will sit on potty and hold in the poop until he gets his pants back on, then go hide in the curtain and poop his pants. I took his underwear and pants off so he would have to poop in the potty, and he just pooped on the floor!! I'm so frustrated right now!!!!!!!! Why does he do this?? I take away his toys, take away cartoon, treat, etc....and then he goes and sits on potty to try and get them back. I'm having another baby in January and would really like him to be trained enough to not have to change poop pants all the time. Please help, I'm about to lose my mind!!

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Amber - posted on 11/23/2009

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Quoting Faith:I AM HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY 3 YEAR OLD.  THE ONLY ADVISE THAT I GOT THAT I HAD NOT ALREADY HEARD IS KINDA STRANGE BUT I WILL SHARE IT WITH YOU, IT IS WORTH A SHOT.  MY SISTER IN LAW SUGGESTED TAKING A FEW DAYS WHEN THE KIDS ARE OFF FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK (BECAUSE SHE SAID IT TOOK HER GIRL TWO WEEKS TO GET IT) AND TAKE THE PULL UPS OFF AND MAKE THEM WHERE REGULAR UNDIES.  WHEN THEY POOP, SHE SAID LET THE POOP STAY IN THE UNDERWEAR FOR A LITTLE BIT, JUST ENOUGH TIME SO THAT IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THE TODDLER, THEN YOU CHANGE THEM SHOWING WHEN YOU DUMP THE POOP IN THE TOILET YOU SAY "POOP GOES IN THE POTTY, NOT IN THE UNDIES".  THIS IS A HARD WAY TO GO AND WOULD REQUIRE A LOT OF WORK ON YOUR PART BUT THE ONLY OPTION AROUND THAT WOULD BE TO MAKE THEM SIT ON THE POTTY WHEN YOU GO TO SEE THEM HIDE WHICH WOULD BE VERY HARD TO CATCH, OR MAKE THEM SIT ON THERE FOR HOURS WHICH IS NOT A GREAT IDEA.  I MYSELF HAVE NOT TRIED THE UNDERWEAR TRICK BUT I HAVE A FEW WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS BREAK TO MAKE UP MY MIND. ON IF i AM GOING TO GIVE THIS A TRY OR NOT.  THE IDEA OF RINSING OUT POOPIE UNDIES DOES NOT MAKE ME JUMP FOR JOY BUT THE ALTERNATIVE IS HIM WEARING PULL UPS UNTIL WHENEVER HE IS NOT AFFRAID TO POOP IN THE POTTY.  RESPOND WITH SOME OF YOUR IDEAS ON WHAT YOU HAVE TRIED AND WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT MY SISTER IN LAWS IDEA.  GOOD LUCK!1

Refuses to poop on the potty!

My son is 3 years. He currently uses potty for pee pee only. He doesn't wet the bed at night and tells me when he needs to pee. He will sit on potty and hold in the poop until he gets his pants back on, then go hide in the curtain and poop his pants. I took his underwear and pants off so he would have to poop in the potty, and he just pooped on the floor!! I'm so frustrated right now!!!!!!!! Why does he do this?? I take away his toys, take away cartoon, treat, etc....and then he goes and sits on potty to try and get them back. I'm having another baby in January and would really like him to be trained enough to not have to change poop pants all the time. Please help, I'm about to lose my mind!!


 

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Quoting Brenda:

another thing that works and I have seen it work with my daughter and a few other kids is have like a blank sheet of paper posted to the bathroom door to where they can reach it. Then buy some stickers. What you can do is tell him that if he goes poopie on the potty he will earn a sticker for everytime. Then when he gets say 10 stickers (or how ever many you want) tell him he can either get a toy (even from the dollar store). Or even if you/he dont want to do the toy thing you can have him pick one fun thing to do with you (such as go to the park or library or whatever HE would like to do. I hope this help, if you have any questions regarding this let me know. Best of Luck


oh yeah that worked with us aswell.. he was potty train in 2 wks with that method and we also used stamps of mickey mouse

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um My 2yrold is potty trained with a few accidents here and there.. Tell him that his fav Characters/ Heroes use the Potty for pee pee and poo poo, try not to threaten or take away things for accidents (yes its hard and frustrating), when he sits on the toilet ( a nanny gave me this tip bc my 2yrold didnt wanna poop in the toilet so I asked her) read a book with him get him to relax, or get him to play with a toy.. When my husband is home he plays games with my son( yes I find that gross, but...) when my husband isn't home my son poops all by himself and plays games until he is done and then calls me in the bathroom to clean him.

Brenda - posted on 11/24/2009

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another thing that works and I have seen it work with my daughter and a few other kids is have like a blank sheet of paper posted to the bathroom door to where they can reach it. Then buy some stickers. What you can do is tell him that if he goes poopie on the potty he will earn a sticker for everytime. Then when he gets say 10 stickers (or how ever many you want) tell him he can either get a toy (even from the dollar store). Or even if you/he dont want to do the toy thing you can have him pick one fun thing to do with you (such as go to the park or library or whatever HE would like to do. I hope this help, if you have any questions regarding this let me know. Best of Luck

Moira - posted on 11/23/2009

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My daughter did the same thing until just the past 3 weeks. I took away toys too, but it didn't work. She would gag and almost throw up because of the sight or smell of it. I think the biggest change happened when Daddy suggested she use her favorite perfume when she went poopy on the potty. Then she wouldn't smell it and got to spray it herself like a big girl, and then we flushed before she had a chance to see it. Now she's getting pretty regular, but have had a few accidents. MUCH better tho'. Good luck to you, and hang in there.

Stephanie - posted on 11/23/2009

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I'm having the same problem with my 3 year old. Nothing is working. I'm going to try bribing her.

Michelle - posted on 11/23/2009

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What helped me with my son was to tell him that his poop goes to poopie land to play with all the other poopies. And when it goes down the water slide, we would say "bye poopie, have fun at poopie land". I sounds silly but it worked for us. Michelle

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