Need potty training tips.....

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by FLchook, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. FLchook

    FLchook Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    My two year old is nearly potty trained, and has been for a few months now. But we are still having problems with him going poo poo in the potty. How can I convince him to do it in the potty and not in his undies??

    Hes been in the 3 year old class at day care, and loves it. Hes learning so much too. But hes been having a real issue with this over the past couple weeks, and one of the teachers wants to move him back to the 2 year old class. He doesnt like it there, and even though he is still 2 hes far more advanced then the kids in the 2 year old class. What can I do to help him learn to poo poo in the potty fast?

  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Tough one, girls are so much easier.

    Perhaps set up a little reward system? I would think that would HELP..... a cute little seat to put on the "real" toilet to make him feel like a big boy. (my kids never used little potty's)

    Good luck - and LOTS of PRAISE always goes a long way.
  3. 2 Beauts

    2 Beauts Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Does he give little signs that he's about to poo? Or, does he come running right after and want clean underwear?
  4. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Wade, Mississippi
    My son was three and a half before he got the #2 down pat. I tried everything for months. One day he just decided to do it. I am not sure what to tell you but that he will do it when he feels the time is right. Good luck!
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    What worked for me was a combination of EAGLE-EYED watchin' him for signs that he was about to poo, then rushing him off to the potty (well in our case toilet) and then rewarding him with a Really Big Special Treat when at least some of the poo went into the toilet.

    The eagle-eyed watchin' is something you'll probably have to do yourself at home, preferably when you have several days to devote to it at first (like a long weekend). But the rewarding might be something that you could get the daycare to work along with you on.

    Good luck,

  6. Lanissa86

    Lanissa86 Songster

    Mar 26, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    My son would go hide and then try getting clean undies without me looking, so I locked the drawers so he couldn't get the clean ones and he "had" to come to me and tell me. This was super hard for him to do I guess with the embarrassment. Well soon he got the idea that if he went in the potty he would always have clean undies on and he didn't have to tell me he was dirty! Of course I used Loads of praise and made him sit on the toilet about 30-40 minutes after he ate a meal because that was usually when he would go...I guess once you learn your child "pattern" it gets easy. GOOD LUCK! [​IMG]
  7. FLchook

    FLchook Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    He usually gives no signs, sometimes we catch him squatting. Sometimes he will tell us he pooped, others he tries to hide it from us.

    He has always used the big potty, we have the little throne that plays music when he goes and everything...but he had nothing to do with it LOL
  8. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    First of all I just want to say that as much as you want him out of diapers, I think it's too much to ask a 2 yr old to be potty trained. IMO it's the teachers that don't want to deal with it plain and simple. We push our kids to grow up too much, too fast. I thought my youngest son was going to college in diapers ( I swear I did ) but never did they kick him out for this. He finally stopped going poop at age 5. It killed me. My daughter was 2 1/2 when she was potty trained. It just depends on the kid.
    One point I will make, the bigger a deal or stress you make out of it, the longer you will wait for him to get potty trained.
    I really just think it's too much to ask for him at 2, sorry. It happens when it happens.
    If it's all about the smarts he has, he won't lose it by going to the 2 y.o. class.
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Well, every time you see him squat down (and it's been a while since he's last pooed) whisk him off to the toilet. If he squats to play a lot, you can wait a moment to see whether he gets the "toilet expression" on his face -- I don't know what else to call it, but you probably know what I mean, that very specific faraway look that means Something's Goin' On Down There. (Even cats have this expression in the litterbox! lol) So, it doesn't have to be looking for signs he's *about* to poo, it can be signs that he is pooing too.

    Even if some of the poo has already gone into his underwear, if you are fast enough it is likely you can get SOME in the toilet or potty, and you can reward him Big for that. Yeah, I know, it's not like he did anything of his own volition for it, but it shows him the desirability of poo going into the toilet or potty and he will eventually catch on to the advantages of doing it himself [​IMG]

    (e.t.a - I totally agree wth s6bee that at 2 he may just not be ready -- otoh, I can also see where, if you HAVE to work and use daycare, it may be a reasonable thing to leave no stone unturned in trying. The only problem I can see with him being with 2 yr olds is if he gets really bored and becomes a management problem. If he's happy enough with them, it is certainly not going to hold him back -- it's not like he's at the age where academic learning matters, just compatible play companions and appropriate things to play with [​IMG])

    Good luck,

    Last edited: Jul 1, 2008
  10. thewobsers

    thewobsers Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    near toledo ohio
    this little story worked, dont know if your little boy will buy it or not.
    he was 2 and peed great in potty but pooping in potty he was not interested in.
    we told him whenever we went potty "mamma is giving the potty something to drink or eat" and when it was his turn we would say "yay, you gave the potty a drink, make sure we give the potty something to eat too later ok? the potty gets hungry too."
    For some reason that was all he needed to hear, and he pooped on the potty from then on. no accidents. we were amazed. but every child is different...

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