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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Child is Pee Trained but Won't Poop in the Potty? Here are a Couple of Things to Try!

Here is another of my "Question and Answer" Series based on emails I've received from parents who are following my The Potty Boot Camp toilet training program - this one regarding a child who won't poop in the potty.


I recently purchased your e-Book. I have a 28 month old daughter who we've successfully potty trained over the last few weeks - that is for #1. We have had only 2 accidents (both during naps) over the past 2 weeks.

However, #2 isn't going so well. I've tried some of the tricks already listed in the book about pooping (Chapter 9, such as having her help clean it up, catching her in the act, etc), but she won't poop on the potty. She uses an adapter seat on the adult toilet to pee. We have a small potty for the floor, but she treats this like a toy and has no desire to potty or poop in it.

I've tried catching her in the act and we've had just one instance where she'll finish on the toilet. The rest of the time - she'll sit there and sit there - we'll read books, etc. But 5-10 minutes after she gets off of the toilet she'll poop in her panties.

Any other ideas? I'm going to try the "poop presents" idea today. She is in love with The Backyardigans and has even asked for a specific movie that she saw at the store the other day.

Her vocabulary is great and we have words for all the bodily functions. When you ask her where she's supposed to poop, she'll say "in the toilet."

Any ideas?


The "poopy present box" is definitely the first thing to start with. Sometimes finding the right motivator is the real key to success. That and a LOT of praise. I've also found that talking about it a LOT during the day in general conversation is also important.

Do you think that there is any fear involved? If so, the book It Hurts When I Poop!: A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty
can be helpful. Have you tried leaving her alone and giving her privacy? For some kids, that is the reason for the hesitation.

Let me know how it goes after the present box and/or trying to give her privacy. There is another technique listed in the book called "gradual withdrawal" that I call explain to you later if needed!

For more about the "gradual withdrawal" method please keep checking back to The Potty Boot Camp Blog for future posts!

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ready To Give Up on Potty Training? Don't!!

Each week I receive numerous emails from parents who are wildly successful in training their children, are encountering some small stumbling blocks, or the occasional few who feel like they just aren't getting anywhere. Sometimes those parents are at their breaking point and just want to give up and go back to diapers. I encourage those folks to just NOT GIVE UP! Think of all that time and energy you have already invested - you don't want it to be for naught. Below is the text of a "question and answer" from one of those emails I received. (Names have been changed to protect privacy.)

Bad news, I suppose. I'm giving up on potty training for now. Michelle was doing so great before bed last night, and she hasn't peed in the potty even once today. She did, however, poop on the carpet and step in it, tracking it everywhere (she, the hallway, I, and the potty looked like we had been hosed down with poop), and then peed in her pants, on the floor, and all over herself 3 times ALL IN THE SPACE OF 15 MNUTES. I can't do it anymore.

Any tips moving forward? She just has a diaper on right this minute b/c I just can't clean up another mess today. I will say that she did learn to recognize when she pees in the past three days, which she didn't know before. I don't know if I should totally forget about it for now, or take some more small steps.

Thanks again for the advice.


Oh my gosh! You poor thing. I totally understand where you are coming from.

I'd encourage you not to give up, though. You've come so far and put in so much work. So, here's what I would recommend from here:

Have her wear pull-up style diapers with underwear underneath. Tell her that it is still VERY IMPORTANT to keep her panties dry, and still give rewards for dry panties. Talk about dry panties all the time. Talk about YOUR dry panties, and Daddy's dry underwear, or her big sister's dry panties...etc. Make a big deal about it. Keep using the Potty Watch. She seems to have limited bladder control, so set it on the smallest interval. (30 minutes, I think?) So that you're not having to deal too much with dirty wet panties, stay sane by keeping a garbage bag in the bathroom. Just dump the excess contents in the toilet and throw the underwear in the bag. At the end of the day, plug your nose, dump the entire bag of wet panties in the washer, and take care of it all at once :)

Are you giving potty training rewards right now? I would encourage using some, and if you need some ideas I can give you a few. Reward for both dry panties AND for going in the potty.

Doing it this way, it will probably take a few weeks...but I think you'll hopefully find that each day you are dealing with fewer wet panties. When you're down to only one or two per day, you can again try to wean her off of the pull-up.

This still means a lot of trips to the potty, but it will keep you from going crazy and you'll ultimately achieve the same end result.

Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.