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Old 01-21-2013, 07:55 AM   #1
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Potty training failure :(

I don't see a link to a potty training subforum from the ds phone app, so I apologize if this is in the wrong spot.

My DS turned 3 in September. He basically refuses to poop in the toilet. If he only has to pee, he can stay dry all day (although usually he doesn't ask to go and has to be taken).

He did really well with pooping in the potty for a couple of weeks around Halloween/ Thanksgiving, but he has done very poorly since. We had a new baby right after his birthday; not sure if that affects anything.

We have tried EVERYTHING, & I'm so frustrated.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
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Re: Potty training failure :(

I totally feel for you, mama!
The best advise I can give you- as hard as it is- is to be patient. The only thing that worked with my ds was to completely back off and let him completely be in charge of making the decision- if we pushed him or reminded him, he would refuse. the more we relaxed and backed off, the more he started going on his own. We also had an upheaval to him of adding a new baby when he was 3y4mo- he is finally done now- completely dry days and only an occasional night accident- it didn't start to get consistent until right after he turned 4 in Oct.

The other thing we did that seemed to help- but again- he was completely in charge of it- was a chart with 50 spots on it- and as long as some of the potty got in the toilet- even if his pants were wet- he got a sticker- the frequent rewards throughout the day helped him.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:48 AM   #3
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Re: Potty training failure :(

One thing that has worked for me with respect to getting my kid to give up his nighttime pacifier and worked well for a friend struggling with poop issues with her otherwise potty-trained, almost 4 year old daughter, was talking to them about when they would be ready to make the transition. My son said he'd give up the paci when he started preschool - and he did. My friend's daughter said she'd ALWAYS poop in the toilet when she was four and that seems to be working so far.
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One thing that has worked for me with respect to getting my kid to give up his nighttime pacifier and worked well for a friend struggling with poop issues with her otherwise potty-trained, almost 4 year old daughter, was talking to them about when they would be ready to make the transition. My son said he'd give up the paci when he started preschool - and he did. My friend's daughter said she'd ALWAYS poop in the toilet when she was four and that seems to be working so far.
I actually did something similar with Ladybug with thumb sucking. I took her out for "coffee" like a big girl and we had a discussion about her being bigger and how when she turned 5 she wouldn't be able to suck her thumb because she'd need to start school (we're homeschooling so it wasn't an issue of being out in public). I told her that it would be good to practice and maybe try to remember to not suck it during the day and if she wanted me to I could remind her. Well, little by little she just gave it up all on her own. She's months away from her fifth birthday and I very rarely see her sucking her thumb even at night.

That said, my nephew had major regression with PT and paci when his big brother was adopted. He had been ECed from birth, out of PTed by 18 months and went back to both diapers and paci after the adoption for almost a year. Transitions can be incredibly hard on some kids. We're moving and have a baby OTW and I have no idea how my girls will handle it. Itsy is picking up actual PTing pretty well, but I have no hopes for after the transition that any of it will stick.
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Anything new, especially a new baby will most likely be a cause for regression. I agree with PP, back off, let him take charge. Don't over prompt. He'll get back into the swing of things once life settles
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It is so hard to be patient when I see him doing so many "big kid" activities, kwim?

*sigh*

Thanks for the support.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:45 PM   #7
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Ugh... still having issues. He is nearly 3 1/2.


Today we tried big boy underwear. He was very excited. He used the potty right before nap time. Then he wet himself during nap time, but I didn't know until I came in to see why he was making noise (instead of sleeping). Changed shorts, put him back in nap.

Checked again later. He had pooped in big boy underwear & was sitting in a corner, playing with toys. I opened the door, & he said, "I have a accident." I have no idea how long he sat around in it. Put him in clean stuff & back in his room.

Went to let him out of nap time (not that he ever napped). Asked him to clean up his toys so we could play. (There was no floor space he made such a mess playing when he was supposed to nap.) Discovered there was pee on the carpet and on/under a library book.

So. Frustrated.
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Re: Potty training failure :(

Some days are like that. I know it is frustrating. Keep it up though. He will get it.
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Some days are like that. I know it is frustrating. Keep it up though. He will get it.
Thanks for the encouragement.
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Re: Potty training failure :(

i think it has few more prob....
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