Any good tricks for potty training NUMBER TWO for a 3 year old?

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Dana - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son will be 4 in August and has been terrified of going number 2 on the potty because it hurts.  He's gone on the potty before but it's very inconsistant because of his fear.  Anyway I found this wonderful book and my son made me read it to him 4 times the night we got it.  It seems the book did the trick!  It's called "It Hurts When I Poop" A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty by  Howard J. Bennett, M.D. I got it at Barnes and Noble...if they don't have it there they will order it for you!



Here's the link to the book and info:  http://apamaginationpress.apa.org/441B00...

Meggin - posted on 01/19/2009

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what i had to do was find some thing that my daughter really wanted and i told her that everytime that she went poo in the pot she would get a sticker and once she got 50 she was able to get it and then we also told her that if she did not stop pooing on her self all the kids would make fun of her when she went to school and that also helped

Breanne - posted on 01/19/2009

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I know with my daughter she was trained just after 2, and the pull ups thing definately did not work!! i just went right into underwear and she only had a couple accidents. Now with going poo on the potty i used the treat thing, when she would make a successful BM on the potty i would give her 2 gummie bears..at one point she would sit there for a half an hour trying to push out anything to get a reward, but she never went back to pooping in her pants!

Jenny - posted on 01/19/2009

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hi when my son first started daycare he had done the potty training for peeing and he wasnt to sure on number 2 so the daycare staff were asking every so offen if he needed the toilet if he said no so many times they would take him to the toilet themselves i dont see why your daycare have to have the child ask for the toilet he is only 2 i personnally think that is asking two much from a child they should be reminding him my son is now in nursery he is 4 and they still have to remind himsometimes to go to the toilet hope all goes well

Catherine - posted on 01/19/2009

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Im not going back to pullups because I think that would hurt the fact that hes potty trained for peeing.... I like the ring pop idea..I might try that... but I did try the potty chart..thats what helped for the peeing...but not for pooping... he doesnt seem to think it hurts..I think its more of hes going to miss something if he takes the time to sit on the potty...

Stephanie - posted on 01/19/2009

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Quoting Catherine:I had a hard time potty training my daughter the number two, but i would see her and catch her trying to do it. then i just bribed her with some kind of candy that she wanted and praised her how well she was doing. i also just had another baby near the time, so i would tell her that she was not a baby like her brother. i think what worked was giving her a ring pop everytime she pooped on the potty though!

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Brandalynne - posted on 01/18/2009

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honestly I would let him stay in a pull up at school for now and work with him at home.  Like I said the little boy I nannied for was 4!  His Dr had no problem with it. She said that #2 can be upsetting and NOT to force the issue.  



My boss used to look at me and say "He's going to be graduating high school with a diaper on"  He won't.  Don't rush him.  



What about a potty chart?  We did that for a few months too.  



Also,  When he goes is it normal? Jack wouldn't go b/c it hurt him and they gave him an over the counter laxative... Miralax.  Talk to your Dr about it but that might be the problem.



If he's not telling his daycare teachers I personally don't think he's ready.  Kids are not dumb and there is reason for him not wanting to go or not telling his teachers.  



I wouldn't worry about it.  Try to not mention it AT ALL to him for 1 month and then bring the issue up again.  We also told Jack that the earth needed to stay clean and #2 in the potty helped out with that very much! and that all the world was RUNNING out of diapers and there were tiny babies that needed them soooooo much!



Good Luck





Catherine - posted on 01/18/2009

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The daycare helps potty train him...but my son is just shall we say..stubborn... hes been in underwear since October.... we've been potty training since two and were doing great and then I had my little one and he regressed....then since October when I took of the pullups and said no more peeing in the potty has been fine..its been the pooping thats been an issue...its a toss up here at home..its either he poops in his pants or he poops on the potty if I sit with him for about 20 minutes sometimes and read every book he owns..lol... but its never him telling us he has to poop... and thats what the daycare wants..him to tell them when he needs to..he just poops in his pants there...

Brandalynne - posted on 01/18/2009

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Does he/she go in their underwear or do they demand a diaper?  I nannied for a little boy who demand one of his younger sisters diapers until he was 4, only to poop in.  Finally we talked to him for about a month and then bought him his own pack of diapers.  With a black marker, i labeled each diaper 1-20 and he knew that when it came to 20 that was the last one forever.  It worked for us.  hope it helps.

Gina - posted on 01/18/2009

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yeah...trying to time it doesn't work out well.  Does your daycare try to help out at all?  I was very lucky, because the daycare Emma goes to worked with her on it too.



How long have you been trying with training? 

Stephanie - posted on 01/18/2009

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We had to just try to make the week very uneventful and ran around in just underwear for awhile then after about day 5 she got it. I would agree that pullups don't work and to just bypass them. They are a waste of time and you will just take two steps back instead of forward. My little girl hid too when she had to go number 2 so I just kept a good eye on her those days and would make her sit on the potty until she did it. Its always good to have a reward system. An M&M for every success!:-)

Jenny - posted on 01/18/2009

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my son was 2a half when he wa spotty trained we started himof with the potty. he wouldnt go in the potty or the toilet for number 2 that would have to put a nappy on him just for him to do it so one day i refused to give it him he tried and tried cried aswel until right at the last minute he sat on the potty it was over in seconds. he had this strange look on his face i dont know what he was expecting but by the look on his face it wasnt what he was expecting lol after that he would only go on the potty if i was there. then he decided the big people were using the toilet that he wanted to try he sat on the toilet first time nearly fell down lol he wouldnt use the seat lol he loved it so much he was going to the toilet every 5 mins and he hasnt had one accident at all since the day he came out of nappies im well proud of him. good luck

Catherine - posted on 01/18/2009

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Yeah...we've been in underwear since October maybe? He has basically the peeing down. It has an accident every now and then if he doesnt want to leave the TV or playground to use the bathroom. However the pooping..there really isnt a pattern for it. He goes when he wants to and its a different time EVERYDAY...Someone recommended that timing it and I cant. His daycare will not move him to the next class until he is fully potty trained.... I use the positive praise and everything...

Gina - posted on 01/18/2009

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My little girl has been potty trained since she was a little over 2 years old.  When I started potty training it was kind of difficult.  I found out the hard way that training pants like pull-ups don't work very well.  She still thought she was wearing a diaper, so she would go in it just like she did a diaper.  When I finally figured this out, I took diapers away completely and started just putting her in underwear instead.  She had  a few accidents at first, but those accidents became fewer and fewer until one day...VOILA!  She was trained!!!



It also helped to make somewhat of a game out of it and to give her lots of praise and love when she did go on her own.  That really helped alot.  (That and not getting upset with her when she had an accident.) 



Hope this helps!

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Well, my son (who is 3 now too) was officially potty trained at around 2 1/2. It was sooo hard to do since he was soo attached to diapers. But he knew what poopy was and he had no problem telling me right after he did, so I decided to just take diapers away completely. It made it too convienant for him to just keep going in that instead of having to learn something new. I don't recommend this for every kid, but I knew mine was ready but just needed that "push". There were accidents for a few days, but I began to notice patterns of when he would "go" and began to catch them in time and put him on the toilet. He refused to go at first, holding it in out of pure determination to have his way, but he could only hold it for so long before nature must have it its own way. After he would go, I would tell him how proud I was that he was being such a big boy, and let him use the new stool I bought him so he could reach the sink to wash his hands (he LOVES washing his hands). Soon, he was running every chance he had to use the toilet so he could wash his hands afterwards all by himself.



All kids are different, but if you make it almost like a reward to go (or a game) it usually gets easier. Plus, trying to time when you kid usually goes (like 20 mins after eating or after drinking juices that can make a kid have to go) can be a HUGE help in training you kid to go and helping your kid to pay attention to the "signs" and "feelings" of needing to go too.

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