I am in the process of potty training my almost 3 yr old. He has no problem with going pee in the potty but when it comes to #2 he usually waits and goes off to hide rather than sitting on the potty to do it. In order to get him to go #2 on the potty, I literally have to follow him around and if it seems like he is about to go rush him to the potty. Is this normal? Any suggestions for getting him to go #2 on the potty on his own??


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Elsa - posted on 11/19/2008




I struggled for a long time with getting my almost 3-yr-old son to do #2 on the potty. He would sit on the potty & hold it in, and then as soon as we put him back in his underwear, he would take off and do it in his underwear! He just refused to do it in the potty. I told my husband we would have to catch him in the act and quickly put him on the potty.. I figured maybe he just wasn't getting it.

Believe it or not, the thing that got him to go was bribery. After trick-or-treating, my son kept asking for his bag of candies cause he wanted to take them all out and play with them. I got tired of him asking so I said, "not until you do poo on the potty!!" not expecting him to actually go. He asked to go poo a few times but didn't go... the third time he asked he went! We were so happy, I let him play with the candies for a while. Then I did the same thing again, and it worked. Now he'll go on his own (even though the candies are long gone). I give him special "poo poo stickers" which are bigger and nicer than the "pee pee stickers". It works!

Kelly - posted on 11/18/2008




I had alot of trouble toilettraining my eldest. In the end the thing that worked the best for us was a sticker chart. Every time he went to the potty and did his business he got to put a sticker on the chart, the for the first couple of days he got a treat for each sticker, then we increase it to a treat for evry two stickers we did that for a couple of day, then incresed it to a treat for every three stickers on so on and so forth. in the end he had to get a weeks worth of stickers to get the treat. It took time but it was a hell of a lot less stressful. We haven't had an accident since then, he turns 4 next month. Also I use things like cheap books, crayons, colouring book and toy cars for treats instead of lollies and chocolate. Anyway I hope that helps,

Ricarda - posted on 11/18/2008




My boy likes to hide and go poo too he's also 3 I'm not sure what to do as I'm having a hard time with it myself but from what I've heard from other parents at least I can say it seems to be fairly common.

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