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We have started potty training with our middle child & are having considxerable trouble getting her to poo in the potty. She is doing great with the first, but will either hold it forever or do it in her undies. She will not spend any length of time just sitting so I have tried toys, books while sitting. Any other tips to recommend?
Depending on how old she is - do you dispose of what gets in her underwear/diaper in the potty? So she can see where it belongs?
Also, if she's old enough to understand cause & effect, maybe try telling her that she'll get a treat, or sticker, or whatever, if she gets the poop in the potty?
I've also heard that if you get them on the potty about 10 minutes after a meal, that's the time the body naturally wants to move things through, so maybe at that time she'd be able to go better?
Those are the only suggestions I have at this time. I went through potty training with 3, and I never seemed to be successful with anything I tried - they just slowly got it over time.
Still have issues with my third holding it in - constipation issues though rather than potty training issues. I can't for the life of me get him to go on a daily basis, even using stool softeners. But at least in his case when he does go, he'll go in the potty.
Thank you for your advice, definitely helps.
I do show her putting it into the potty. I think a big thing is keeping her patient long enough on the potty to get things going. She just wants to jump down and play. I will try more positive reinforcement with the rewards.
I'm having similar trouble with my son. I think the part of having to wait, makes it worse. I know when I'm able to be home with him all day, he wears underwear and we do bathroom trips several times a day, but he doesn't seem to want to poop until the diaper goes back on for bed. Attention span on his part seems to be the big problem. The DH has been trying to get him to do it, by offering a reward for his piggy bank, but so far no luck.
Good news update. We visited a friend's house who had a little potty and she finally got interested & no longer scared of it. Once we got home the tiny potty turned into a novelty and she has started to get it in there finally. We have not had an accident for over a week now. I probably just jinxed myself by typing that I will keep you updated though. Thank you for the tips!