My ds is 3 and a 1/3 yrs old. He is great at peeing in the toilet but he STILL won't poop in anything but his diaper!!! I posted about this like three months ago- and with a LOT of coaxing we managed like two times to get him to poop in the toilet=- then not since then!
I am not sure what to do.
I just ordered a couple kids pooping books (everybody poops or whatever that is called).
Ds is in underwear allday, perfect at peeing in the toilet or outside. But he always asks for a diaper to poop. Still!
He is so smart and talks perfectly and can figure out really complicated things- but still wants to poop in his diaper. We put a diaper on him to sleep still- and often times he poops in it in the morning.
We have tried all the different potties and the regular toilet and the seats that go on the regular toilet.
I think he feels like maybe the toilet is dirty (even though I clean it a few times a week and it isn't that dirty!) but he mentions that sometimes when he is peeing in the toilet.
We (dh and I) tired rewards, we tried encouragement, we tried to be firm-- nothing. Now we are currently backing off as it is exhausting- and just letting him poop in his diaper.
The other day, in the evening time, he said he had to poop- anddh and I kept trying to encourage him to poop in the potty- and we held out for like a few hours or whatever with not putting a diaper on him- but he wouldn't do it- then finally I just felt bad for him so I put a diaper on him and he pooped right away.
The irony is that I read all about Elimination Communication when I was pregnant and was sure I would have a fully potty trained kid by 2. We didn't do so well with the EC.
I am happy he is peeing in the toilet fully and can be in underwear all day. But I am not sure what to do about the pooping! I posted a similar thread before but as he gets older I am even more concerned that I am just missing some essential way to get him to poop on the potty.
What should I do?? Should I be firm and not put a diaper on him? I don't want him to start withholding poop, he has never done that and I fear that would create an unhealthy situation.
When he poops he likes to do it standing up with a diaper on. So it is awkward for him when we tell him to sit on the potty.
He is so smart and aware and understands the concept- he just doesn't like to do it.
I need some concrete suggestions, please, from people who have had a three yr old poop in the potty resister-- what finally got your kid to poop in the potty? He likes to play when he is pooping -like do a puzzle or something to relax himself. We have tried bringing books or toys in the bathroom, sitting next to him, giving him space- all of it. Nothing is working yet and I really would like to get over this hurdle. thanks