help me with potty training please

Amanda - posted on 06/19/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 years old. He will pee in the potty and stay dry all night. He never has a pee pee accident. I have a pronlem with him going poo poo. I've tried everything. He wears underwear, he has his own potty, but he likes the real one. Everytime I know he has to poop i tell him to sit on the potty, he starts crying and fighting, like he;s scared to sit on the potty. I've tried putting him on the smaller potty and he still won't go. He starts crying and I don't want to force him so I just let him go back to what he was doing and tell him to let me know when he has to go, but he ends up pooping in his pants right before my eyes. What can I do? Please help me.

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Jessi - posted on 06/21/2010

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Our daughter also wouldn't poop on the potty. We took her to the store and let her pick out a special prize - she called it her "poo-poo prize." We explained to her that she could only have it if she went poop on the potty. We placed it up high where she could see it and reminded her about it from time to time. She pooped the next day, got her prize and has been accident-free ever since. She still calls that certain toy her "poo-poo prize" and is very proud of having earned it.

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Tammy - posted on 06/25/2010

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I had the opposite problem to you my son started by asking for a poo and would not ask for a wee. have you tried letting him go on the toilet as thats what my son loves to do when he needs a poo he refuses to go on the potty

Deana - posted on 06/24/2010

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My son, who will be 4 next month, just starting #2 on the potty. Previously, he would ask for a diaper or just find one and put it on. I tried to force it a few times, even tried tempting with rewards, but nothing worked. He hesitated with #1 on the potty as well, but has since mastered it and goes through the night in underwear. He just had to do it all at his own speed. Don't worry, eventually he'll get it, they all do.

Rachel - posted on 06/22/2010

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My son is having similar resistance when I suggest pooing on the potty. I feel your pain! He will run away and hide out somewhere, come back with a lovely aroma about him. Turns out, he really needs privacy! I've been leaving diapers off all the time, underwear only, and he doesn't enjoy the feeling! So he races to the toilet now and even when he doesn't make it, he knows that it goes in there! The catch: I don't ask him about it or turn the light on for him or help him get on the potty - nothing but cheer afterward. He's doing way better! Good luck!

p.s. I do hide out around the corner and spy because I can't help it and don't want to see another roll of t.p. go down the toilet! oh, and the poo-poo prize was a good incentive too. such complex creatures!

Vickci - posted on 06/21/2010

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Have you tried to put him on the regular toilet? Maybe he is trying to tell you that he wants to be a big boy like the adults in the house and go potty "big style"... Just a thought.

Amanda - posted on 06/21/2010

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Thank you so much for all the responses. I will try them all and see what works.

Thanks,
Amanda

Stephanie - posted on 06/21/2010

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My son will be 4 next month.. I have finally got him potty trained within the last six months. He was a late bloomer for sure! I had all the same issues as you did. I TOOK THE UNDERWARE AWAY!! For my son I finally determined that when he wore the underware it gave him the sense of a diaper or pull up, making him feel it was ok. As soon as I did that I saw overnight success! We are accident free now ;) Not sure if it will help but I certainly understand your struggles. Hang in there...

Cathy - posted on 06/21/2010

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I agree with the child size toilet seat. Our daughter wouldn't do poo on the potty seat so we made a big deal about the child size seat that goes onto the real toilet seat. Eventually she started to do poo on the tiolet. It does take some time to do poo and not just pee on the potty. I think my daughter was scared to do it on the potty seat.
We also gave her treats for doing pee and poo on the potty. Her favorite things...like M&M's for doing it on the potty like a big girl. After a while of her doing both on the potty we stopped the treats so she understood that she will not get a treat every time she went to the bathroom....but it did work. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 06/20/2010

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have you tried a childs toilet seat it sits on the toilet just under the main toilet seat i had the same problem with 2 of my children they would not use the potty but i found that the toilet seat and step worked a treat

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