My 2 year old is being potty trained, he will pee on the potty all the time but if he needs to poop, he has to go in a pull up? Help! how do i get him to go on the potty?!

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Pam - posted on 01/14/2009

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praise praise praise , prise for peein on the potty even if you have to be over the top , then praise a little when pooin in pullup but explain its better to do it on potty, dont make too much of an issue as this may scare

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Huney - posted on 08/11/2012

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i have the opposite problem! My 2 yr old son will pee all over the place and only poop on the potty! i dont know how to get him to go pee in the potty!

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we kind of figured out around when he has to go, so we put him on about 10 minutes beforehand, pull out his favorite book, and read it to him. he has to push before we flip the page. he wants the story to continue so he tries. it's worked well for us so far and we are able to take the book out of the equation and he still goes.

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Reward with stickers on a chart or on the potty itself. Or if you are really desparate, with candy. My daughter called it poo poo candy. It worked

Emma - posted on 01/14/2009

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i found that with my son that i took him when i needed to go even if i diddnt need to i just went to the toilet and took him with me and i found that easy and with my 2nd son he followed he's big brother and he was toilet trained at 2 but i have also been told that kids will go in there own time so good luck

Andrea - posted on 01/13/2009

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i think rewarding them is a good idea but not with lollies with stickers and at first every time then every 2nd time so they will know i'm going to get a sticker if i do this.

i believe u should throw away the pull ups as they are just like a nappy i believe u have to make them feel the uncomfortablness of it i the underwear i know this may sound harsh but if they don't like it in there then they may just do it on the toilet or potty

Viviene - posted on 01/13/2009

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Throw away the pull ups and put him in 'big boys pants'. He will have a few accidents but then will get to know that this is not comfortable and it is much better for him to go to the potty. Read this in a book when I was despairing over my son (now 3) doing the same thing. Worked like a charm, had two or three accidents then started going all by himself. Good luck.

Lauren - posted on 01/13/2009

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My 2 and a half year old had the same problem, he would always wee on the toilet but as for pooping he just couldnt do it. So when he told me that he needed to do poos, I would just sit him on the toilet (and I know this part sounds bad) and just hold him there in a cuddle and tell him it was okay to just push. Eventually after a couple of weeks he just ran off one night and did it all by himself!! Oh and stickers can sometimes help too.

Mandy - posted on 01/13/2009

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My two year old is potty training right now, and she really likes getting to put stickers up on a posterboard when she uses the potty. At first she wouldn't poop in it, only pee, but then we told her that when she went number 2 she would get to put up two stickers. She has really liked that idea, and it seems to be working. Good luck!

Annette - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son started to do the same thing, he would also try and hide somewhere...so we just kept him in regular undies and if i saw him go hide i would take him to the potty and then he would cry, that is when i realized he just didn't want to do it with me in the bathroom. so i would step around the corner where he couldn't see me...and he calls me when he is done. A couple of times he says he has a tummy ache and wants me to put a pullup on and i tell him just to go sit on the toilet and i shut the door most of the way and wait around the corner and he will go...he may just want privacy? Good luck!

Annette - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son started to do the same thing, he would also try and hide somewhere...so we just kept him in regular undies and if i saw him go hide i would take him to the potty and then he would cry, that is when i realized he just didn't want to do it with me in the bathroom. so i would step around the corner where he couldn't see me...and he calls me when he is done. A couple of times he says he has a tummy ache and wants me to put a pullup on and i tell him just to go sit on the toilet and i shut the door most of the way and wait around the corner and he will go...he may just want privacy? Good luck!

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Thanks all!! He will go on it every once in a while but i thikn he is scared of it when going number 2! :) he knows when he has to go and tells me but would rather go in a pull up...oh well it will come in time!! :) Thanks :)

Bridget - posted on 01/13/2009

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I just went through this with my daughter!  Honestly, I believe that when they are ready to poop in the potty, they will.  It was almost like she had an A-HA moment....she just did it one day and has been awesome ever since!! 

Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2009

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I agree with Kelly... My daughter did the same thing, she was peeing on the potty at 2.5 and didn't poop on it til she was almost 3. I didn't push her, i was only using 1 diaper a day with her so I didn't care... Forcing him will only stress you and him out.. give it some time, he'll come around :)

Robin - posted on 01/13/2009

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Okay...with all 3 of my boys, I had to use the car/m&m trick. Everytime they would go poop I would give them one from a jar that I kept above the toilet (out of reach of course) and eventually they got the hang of it.

JENNIFER - posted on 01/13/2009

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Quoting Amber:

My 2 year old is being potty trained, he will pee on the potty all the time but if he needs to poop, he has to go in a pull up? Help! how do i get him to go on the potty?!

I have 3,  the boys was a little harder   peeing in the potty he caught on fast the other took a little longer but if he is regular as in you know he also goes around a certain time everyday try putting him in underware  real underware make a big deal about who is on it, but he will recognize the feelings that come before the accident and he is not going to want that feeling in his pants       so go ahead and be prepared for a mess    we alwayed played in the kitchen (coloring, blocks, spoons, pots)in the morning so if we did have an accident it was easier to clean   and you don't have to worry about furniture      hope this helps

Rebecca - posted on 01/13/2009

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I think it is fairly common I went through this with my middle child for some reason he was afraid to poop on the potty. I bought the potty seat ring that sits on the toilet and he was a little less afraid of falling in. It still took awhile though!  Try a few different things as you woyuld with potty training in general but try not to stress too much about it.  If your son gets really stressed about pooping on the potty he may end up with a tendency to hold it  which creates constipation and a whole new set of problems arrises!  It's good that he is doing so well with the potty otherwise! My son turned 3 in November and is just now on day 5 with no accidents at all. Oddly enough with him he has perferred pooping on the potty but wouldn't pee!! Go figure you never what a child is going to do! Good luck to you!!!

Kelly - posted on 01/13/2009

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The same thing happened with my son, so I let him wear underpants, and he would go pee by himself, but would bring me a diaper when he had to poop. Eventually he just went poop on the potty all by himself. I didn't want to put any pressure on him. He basically potty trained himself! Maybe if you would empty the pull up into the toilet so he can see that the toilet is where the poop should go? Maybe he'll make the connection.

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2009

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my daughter was the same way.  She was very regular so I had her sit on the potty around the times that she normally pooped.  Also, I had a special book that I kept in the bathroom cupboard that was only for potty time.  It helped to get her to stay put (without it, she wouldn't have sit long enough to do anything more than pee) and it was a special treat.  Hope this helps!

Tyniia - posted on 01/13/2009

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Boys tend to think that they are loosing a peace of themselves when pooping. Start paying attention to his facial expressions and body gestures, so that you can KNOW when he has to do number 2.  This will enable you to put him on the potty and he will have no choice but to poop in it! You may want to use a potty chart and let him put stickers up each time he goes poop in the potty.  This worked with my now 10 year old son.  He was potty trained in a week.

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