potty training for a 26month old stubborn boy

Tunjunika - posted on 09/21/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son just turned two in July. He will pee-pee in the potty but will not poop in it. Yesterday he sat on the potty for 20 minutes and pee-pee'd then went into my bedroom and pooped on the floor. I'm about to pull my hair out. What should I do?

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Rachel - posted on 09/30/2011

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So, my son is the same age as yours and he just recently started going pee and poo on the potty. Though he only does so when we are at home (and when he is diaperless). I think that is the trick, to leave them diaperless, b/c then they are more aware of it. When he has his diaper on he just forgets! Also, it's totally normal for them to get off the potty and then go on the floor. It's a control thing for them at this age. You really just have to wait until they are ready, definitely impossible to force a toddler. Another trick I have, is when I ask him if he needs to use the potty and he says no, I say, "but don't you want to show Ernie (or one of his stuffed animals) how you go on the potty? He doesn't know how to, and it would really help him!" This works EVERY time! Give it a try!
Oh and this is still really really young for boys to be potty trained! Good luck!
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Nicole - posted on 02/13/2012

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I had the same problem with my son. He will pee on the potty with no problem; in fact, he loved it, it made him feel like a big boy. However, he WOULD NOT poop on it. Finally, we got him to poop on the toilet by putting boxers (under his pants) on him, and made him wear a belt, so he couldn't unfasten his pants and poop on the floor. He would poop his pants, and we would make him clean it up, and he got so tired of having to clean it up, that he would tell us that he had to go, and we would sit him down, and he would go poop with no problem. Hope this helps!

Kester - posted on 10/25/2011

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I feel your pain! My son turned two in July as well and I am potting training as well. My son will pee in the potty and will sit there for a while but then as soon as you take him off he will poop in his pants. I put him in big boy pants (I would rather do laundry than buy pull-ups) and told him not to get mickey dirty. He goes pee in the potty with out to much trouble now so I stopped giving treats for that. If he goes poop in the potty then he gets to pick a special prize( I put stuff he really likes trucks, books) from a box. I have tried candy and stickers but neither of those worked real well. This has seemed to work along with making a HUGE deal out of it when he does.I am starting to see some improvement with this. Hope this helps

Jessie - posted on 10/12/2011

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poop takes A LOT longer to accomplish. My best friends sons is 4 and just started pooping last week anywhere other than his pants. pee not a problem been dry for a long time. not stubborn, just learning yet

Cassandra - posted on 10/02/2011

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My son is the same age as your and I'm having the same problem with him he will pee in the potty but he refuses to poo in the potty and I always know when he is pooing cause he will go and hide. When I see him hiding I always make him sit on the potty to use the poo but he will hold it and wait till I'm busy doing house work so then he goes in his diaper or his underwear. I get a lot of remarks from my mother in law saying it's time to start potty training and we are trying I just can not get him to go poo in the potty so don't feel to bad your not the only one going through that problem have patience our time will come ! :)

LaWanda - posted on 09/24/2011

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Your ahead of me, my son will just sit on it. It can take up to the age 3 1/2 before most boys are fully potty trained. Sadly my son has no interest in potty training so we are waiting for a little to push it. Good luck

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