how do you get a 3yr old boy to poop in the potty? He will pee but not poop.

Beth - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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i have a 3yr ol boy and have been working on potty training for a few months now and he will not poop in the potty but he will pee, He knows when he needs tom got but refuses. Can anyone help??

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Ashley - posted on 09/30/2009

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Just put him in underwear! They don't like the way it feels. and if you let him pick the character.. they wont like going on which ever it is. my son will be 3 in 2 months and has been potty trained for 6 months now!

Rana - posted on 09/29/2009

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I have an almost three year old daughter with the same problem. We will tell her "you need to poo in the potty NOT in your panties!" She'll look at us and say "noooo I pee pee in the potty, I not poo in the potty!" We've tried the rewards, the charts, the making her stay until she goes, explaining that all of the people she loves do it this way...nothing is working. It's so bad now, that I almost think she's not doing it out of spite! Last night, while trying to clean her up from having a poo accident, she poo'd on the bed! I'm at my wits' end!

Lisa - posted on 09/28/2009

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When my son was 3 (now 15) he would hold it in until he had a belly ache, he would jump up and down like a rabbit and twist his legs to try to hold it in because he was afraid. I gave him a suppository and some prune juice and kept watch over him until I knew he was going to poop and ran him to the potty and surprise that was all it took, he was so proud (PS : I took him to toy store to buy him a present) I had to do this a few more times until he realized it was a piece of cake. Now he is 15 & still proud of his poop ( it must be a boy thing)

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Jesteen - posted on 09/28/2009

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My son was the same way too. He didn't start going until he was 4. I didn't rush him. When the time is right he will go. That's what I did.

Debbie - posted on 09/28/2009

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We had the same issue with my son. He would always pee on the potty, but never poop. I think he was afraid, even though he would never tell us that. The reward system is great, but unfortunately did not work for us. We just had to wait for him to be ready, I swear, it will happen!

Suzette - posted on 09/28/2009

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have you tried letting him go around the house naked for one day a friend of mine did that with her grandson and he started using the toliet after that but it has to be 24 hours that you can dedicate to the potty training for it to work. Good luck. There is one more thing that you can try if you have a nice or nephew that lives close and is close in age you can get them a potty chair for your house and have them over it worked for me with my son .

Nellie - posted on 09/28/2009

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I would say to keep stressing some kind of reward system for everytime he goes in the tiolet. They worked with one of my twin boys.

Diane - posted on 09/27/2009

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I personally dont have boys, I have 2 girls. But my friend has a 3 year old boy who has been potty training for a while and what works for him is she just puts him on the potty and gives him some cars to play and some toys or reads stories so he doesn't get bored. Sit with him and talk and play until he gets comfortable with sitting there for a long periods of time. Once he has pooped in the potty a few times and is comfortable then you will able to stay in the same room with him but shouldn't have to sit right there all the time. Also telling him what kind of reward he will get if he poops in the potty (which should be bigger and better then the peeing reward) might encourage him as well.

Stacy - posted on 09/27/2009

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I made a money jar for my rewards for my son, I took him to k-mart to put a toy of his choice on layaway. He got a quarter for pee and a dollar for poop. Then I just reminded him constantly that if he wanted to get his toy (it was an $80 Transformer robot), that he had to use the potty, and pooping in the potty would get him the toy faster. He got his toy in less than 3 months.

Sandra - posted on 09/27/2009

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I am in the process of training my 2.5 yr old twins and I also use the Reward Chart and it has worked a treat. The important thing to all this is to make a really big deal of their achievements. Kids love to please you!!

Christine - posted on 09/27/2009

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I put a little chart on the back of the toilet door, with 10 spaces, and on the 10th space, it said prize, my little boy put a star on the chart every time he went to the toilet, he actually use to be excited just putting the star on, and I told him if he did a poo, it would be a prize he could pick, if it was a wee, mummy would buy him something. He learnt very quickly and only had training nappies on once to bed, then just wanted big boy undies.

Yvonne - posted on 09/26/2009

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wow im having the same problem with my baby he will go to the potty on his own and pee but will not poop in it

Crystal - posted on 09/25/2009

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I helped potty train a number of children in childcare, boys tend to be more difficult than boys. Casually ask him why he doesn't want to poop in the potty in an urealated moment. He may have some fear. It could be that he is upset ubout something, crazy as it sounds sometimes children refsuse to use the toliet because it is somethig they can control. As frustrating as the situation is, stay calm and avoid turning it in to a power struggle. All in all just be consistant, even after he poops in his underware still have him sit on the potty. Offer encouragemet and praise when he does well. I had my daughter help clean up the mess. She didn't have another accident after that. Good luck.

Delicia - posted on 09/25/2009

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Quoting Beth:

how do you get a 3yr old boy to poop in the potty? He will pee but not poop.

i have a 3yr ol boy and have been working on potty training for a few months now and he will not poop in the potty but he will pee, He knows when he needs tom got but refuses. Can anyone help??


 

Delicia - posted on 09/25/2009

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I guarantee this will work; buy a picture of a child sitting on a potty; and hang it in the bathroom...........and that will be the end of your problems

Jessica - posted on 09/25/2009

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When I was training my son I would have him pick out a book or 2 and read to him while he sat there and relaxed. It really helped and he finally got to the point of bringing me a book and telling me he had to go then he got to the point of not even needing a story read to him. Good luck!

Lindsey - posted on 09/25/2009

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We use a reward system. I started out rewarding for just sitting on the potty and built up from there. First it was just getting up on the potty, then it was sitting there for 1 minute and so on all the way up then once you get him to sit there and poop you keep rewarding for a awhile until he does it everyday. Then you start backing off the rewards. Like maybe he has to go 2 times to get the reward, then 3 times. Until he doesn't need it anymore. I still like to reward every once in awhile just so that he knows that if he keeps going that maybe he will get a suprise. It took me 3 months and a lot of patience and many trips to the $ store. his prizes weren't very big just something little. My son loves glow sticks and i could get them in a 5 pack at the $ store so they were pretty cheap rewards. I hope this helps! Good Luck!

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