Still pooping in her panties

Kelly - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My four year old daughter is mostly potty trained, but still insists on hiding and pooping in her panties. This goes on almost daily unless I catch her in the act and convince her to get to the bathroom. I have tried stickers, hershey kisses, small toys, etc., but nothing seems to do any good.

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Katherine - posted on 06/12/2009

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My 2 1/2 y.o. son is consistent with peeing in the potty, but he refuses to poop in the potty as well. He definitely understands what we want him to do, though, which makes it all the more frustrating that he won't just do it. The control is there -- if I'm in the room with him, or if he isn't wearing his training pants, he won't poop. But if he's wearing his pull-ups and I leave for a minute, he poops. He'll hold it all day and wait until he's alone. I've only had a success out of him by using a major bribe (taking him for a short flight in our seaplane). Giving him candy, offering privacy, offering him special adventures to the zoo or the park, reading book after book on the potty... Just doesn't seem to work. A few times I'd give him privacy on the potty thinking he'd go without me there, and he'd poop on the bathroom floor! I'd love some ideas here, too. Thanks!

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Jessica - posted on 06/15/2009

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i agree with jeanene, don't use pull-ups. they are just another type of nappy. i have some of the training undies and ordinary undies. i still use a nappy at night, when it starts to warm up again i will try undies. most nights she is dry though. she turned 2 in april

User - posted on 06/14/2009

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hello, my second son is fully toilet trained now he just turned 3 in may, all I did was when he went to the potty l'd praise him then say '' we don't want wet pants or pooey pants do we no YUK!!! ( whichever 1's or 2's). & never put pull ups on him . when he did wet or pooed his pants l'd just say in a nice voice " oh yukky , your a big boy, big boys don't wet their pants, next time tell mummy to take you to potty, and just keep saying yuk to him. Within 3-4 weeks he was fully out of nappies at night time. (just get rid of all nappies& don't put pull ups on , it just confuses them)

Leslie - posted on 06/12/2009

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I am looking for some suggestions too. My 3 year old took an interest and started training a year ago and now she refuses to go. She does ok with peeing most of the time but refuses to go poo in the potty at all. She used to do it before so I don't think she is scared but now I just don't know what to do.

Katherine - posted on 06/12/2009

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PS: I started my son potty training at about 13 months. My daughter, however, starting training at 7 months, and she never has had a problem with pooping in the potty. I think it's a psychological thing, as though my son is embarrassed about pooping. No matter how much praise I give him, or treats or whatever, he just won't go. My daughter, now 11 months, pees and poops consistently in the potty, and I assume it's because I started her at a younger age.

Andrea - posted on 06/12/2009

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my daughter doesn't want to poo in the toilet either, she's nearly 4 and takes herself wee wee's no problem but like your daughter Kelly she hides and i have to catch her in the act too. I told her that she has to get the poo out of her pants herself, so she still does it in her pants and then picks it up herself and puts it in the toilet. I know she doesn't like handling her own poo, but like you i don't know what else to do either, so any mums that have overcome this problem we would love to hear from you please!!

Jessica - posted on 06/12/2009

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My daughter is the same. We just do lots of praising, and she has started to say 'poo on toilet' a little bit before needing to go. She has taken herself to the toilet a couple of times by herself for wee's.

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