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    Potty Training Help!!
    crunk05177 posted:
    Because of where my seat at work was moved to, I am no longer able to get on here as much as I'd like. I miss you guys My boss is out this week so I will be able to get on a bit more.

    Anyway, I do have a question for you guys about my 3 year old. He pretty much taught himself how to pee on the potty almost a month ago, standing up and everything. He wears a pull up to bed still and I have to remind him throughout the day to pee but he does it. However, he refuses to sit on the potty to poop!! I don't know what to do. He sit and sit and sit and sit but won't go. Then he will hide somewhere and poop in his underwear! Does anyone have any advice on how to get him to poop on the potty??
    Me (29), DH (31), DS1 - Michael (5 1/2) and DS2 - Nathan (2 1/2 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
    laney0705 responded:
    We started DS potty training at 3 1/2 and he wasn't "fully" potty trained till almost 5. It will happen. I know it can be very frustrating. Both my kids started on the smaller potty and then I moved them up to the regular toilet. Does he have a little potty? Maybe have him start off there.

    We also did a sticker chart for DS. Everytime he did pee or poop ont the potty he got to put a sticker on the chart and when it reached so many stickers he could pick out a toy or someplace fun to go ( I gave him choices to pick from). That seemed to work well with the poop part for us.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.
    crunk05177 replied to laney0705's response:
    He does have a little potty but refuses to sit on it. We give him gummy bears every time he goes but maybe a chart would work better bc that way he can actually see his progress. I am going to try that. I'll make one today and hang it in the bathroom. Thanks for the tip!

    My older one was afraid to poop on the potty but was almost 4 when he was actually potty trained so he knew what was going on and would ask us to put a diaper on him. At the time, I would put the baby's diaper on him (my now 3 year old) and told him they didn't make diapers his size so when he'd actually poop it wouldn't fit in the diaper bc it was only a size 3 lol. It sounds mean but it worked haha.
    Me (29), DH (31), DS1 - Michael (5 1/2) and DS2 - Nathan (2 1/2 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to crunk05177's response:
    Miss you too crunk! Glad to see you back on the boards -

    I remembered an expert post we had a few years ago about this. Might be somthing to explore:

    Potty training is sometimes a battle of wills between a parent and a stubborn toddler, but occasionally, constipation can also cause a child to resist using the potty. If constipation causes discomfort during bowel movements, it can complicate your efforts to potty train your child.

    WebMD guest parenting expert Laura Jana, MD, notes that a toddler will usually not have the words to tell you if he's constipated. Watch for signs of crankiness, lack of appetite, backsliding in toilet training progress -- and surprisingly, diarrhea.

    Click here for the full article: Expert Discussions With Dr. Jana: Potty Training

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