how to get son to poop in potty

Ashley - posted on 10/13/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




My son has been potty trained since his second birthday, he was doing good with both but latley he will not poop in the potty. He waits till nap time or bed time and poops in his pull up and instead of calling me he smears it every were. does anyone have any tips on how to make him stop doing this??



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Pamela - posted on 03/30/2011




put the nappy on sit him on the toilet until he is comfortable with this ( days weeks if that what it takes) once he started pooping in his nappy while on the potty a few times then put a hole in the nappy put it on him and sit him on the toilet ! don't show him the hole ! sort of put it on him and take him straight there .. once he does he poos in the potty make a huge deal out of it do that for a while longer until he is comfortable then try telling him you have no more nappies left so he will just have to poop in the potty but he has done it before so he knows he can .. try this I hope it works my Jan 08 baby was a night mare to train one day he just started taking himself no sweat !! this kids are sent to test us !

Ashley - posted on 11/16/2010




since i posted this we started a potty chart and every time he pooped on the potty he would get a sticker and a treat.... he has now only done it twice in the last couple months and is now telling us when he has to go #2. for the first time today he told me he had to poop when we were at cosco! i was so proud of him. i guess it was just a stage he went thru ... glad it is over lol

Kris - posted on 11/08/2010




OMG! My daughter is in this stage as well. I don't understand it. She's such a pro when it comes to #1 but #2, she will do the exact same thing. And yes, if I don't catch her in time she will take it out and smear it and start playing. I've been trying to teach her that poop is for the potty and the bathroom. I guess just keep on saying it and everytime he has to go when you know, sit him on the potty. That's what I've been trying to do now. Good luck to you!

Cheryl - posted on 10/26/2010




Hmmm this is interesting.. I had 3 boys and they never did that so I am just guessing here but trying to help.. I remember when they did go poo.. that I made a big deal about it,, gave then carob raisins or peanuts or a Vit C or something small but fun, and we would say YAY!! Cheer and flush the toilet and say ," Bye Bye poo poo!!" they loved it!! we made a game out of it and never anything negative.. it could be it is painful for some reason he tenses up but in bed he is more relaxed about it?? Put him on potty at about the time he goes and read him stories, or play book on tape.. so he gets distracted and might go easier?? I just would try different things until you hit on what works.. is he constipated or are his stools hard?? About the smearing, LOL I think you need to give him some play dough maybe while he is on the pot or at the table.. they love smushy things at a certain stage and he is getting something out of it.. play dough, flour dough, clay, whatever maybe that would help too?? He has just discovered a new "toy" and doesn't want to give it up.. substitute wi the others mentioned!! Maybe go out and make some mudpies with him in the yard!! It's boys!! Go with it! Hey I did.. I learned to put a worm on a hook so we could all fish together!!

Susan - posted on 10/25/2010




I don't really know what to say about the smearing, but I do know it's very common for children not to want to poop in the potty. Our friends had their daughter completely trained during the day, but she would save her poops for nap and bedtime for the longest time. My only suggestion would be if you catch him pooping during the day, the rush him to the potty right away. My daughter isn't trained, but will pee in the potty, but refuses to try pooping. She will tell me once she's done it in her diaper, but not before. There must be something programmed in their minds that pooping on the potty isn't fun or hurts or something.

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