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Old 10-22-2016, 08:31 AM   #1
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Hi all! Good Morning! I am beside myself Potty Training our 2nd son who is on the verge of turning 3. Our first son was a breeze! I don't remember having this difficult of a time... We have mastered peeing in the potty, and wearing underwear ALL day without accidents *knock on wood*. However, our biggest struggle is sitting on the potty to poop. He absolutely refuses. Positive reinforcement, and conversations of where it is suppose to happen still isn't clicking. He has never had a BM on the toilet. He knows where it goes, but isn't comfortable with sitting to go. Any suggestions? He does struggle with chronic constipation that we are finally getting a healthy gut with Probiotics, and better diet intake. We are at a loss, and would love to make this easier for him, and ourselves. Thank you in advance for all your help!

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Just some random ideas:

- Do you have a sense as to when he does have the urge to poop?
-Is it comfortable on his potty enough to wait for poop?
- Special toy that can only be used while waiting to poop.
- My friend suggested a mirror. She hung one across the potty and her son found himself interesting enough to sit long enough for poop.
- Read a book to him while he sits and poops.
-If you do wait with him maybe he needs more privacy.

It's not unusual for kids to resist pooping in the potty.
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Thank you so much for your suggestions! I never thought to have him play with a toy while sitting, or book read during that time. May have to hand him a mirror to see how that works for him also. He does have and the "urge" he was terrified to poop in his underwear today, but still refused the potty and sitting. He was running around in circles whining like he knew he had to go, but didn't want to run to the bathroom. I typically take the toys he has in hand to have him set them on the counter, and help support himself sitting on the regular big toilet.
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Has it gotten better? If he's constipated try giving him 1 prune to eat before heading to the potty (dried pears are also pretty good) and teach him to squat on teh potty. Do you use a "squatty potty"? It may help...Good luck!
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I used Lora Jensens 3 day training ebook and method and it was great with my daughter who was constipated. Might seek out more reviews with boys and give it a try - loved having the bullk of the work done in 3 days...
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While I'm a big fan of having them use the big potty with just a seat modifier, I could see using a children's potty for this and having it be a fun new purchase just for him. We had great success with reading on the potty so it was bonding/together time. It really can take a long time as they figure things out so the other challenge is not to get impatient with it. Either be prepared and have time for the long haul-30 minutes or just make it not a big deal by saying you will read one book on the potty and then he can get off. Keep it short and positive till he's happy to try it too. If you do the short thing, he's going to keep missing for awhile... and it would be essential for you to not bat an eyelash, but if it becomes a happy place, he will figure it out.
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