Hi - I am looking for some help or advice on potty training my son. I may be jumping the gun here, but my 25 mos old son has started telling me when he is pooping and then he asks for a diaper change right after. I have asked him a few times if he wants to try sitting on the potty and he simply says, "no." I don't push it, nor do I make a big deal about it. He doesn't seem to be too interested in the toilet, he'll walk by and occasionally flush it. :) He does see myself and my husband use it, so he knows what it is for. I would like to be as non stressful about it as possible (I have heard so many potty training horror stories lately), but I honestly don't know how to approach it, or if I should approach it right now. Any ideas?
I would start by taking what he's shown interest in- telling you he pooped and the fun of flushing- and take it the next step by asking him to help take off his diaper and dump/flush it. It reinforces where the poop belongs, and gives him a chance to take a small step of independence/responsibility. If you're not ready for all-out potty training, at least switch to pull-ups so he can start practicing pulling them on/off. It's hard to potty train a kid that can't pull down undies fast!
If you know the signs/times of when he's likely to poop, I would try taking his diaper off before the deed is done to see if he's willing/able to get it in the potty when the diaper isn't an option.
Katie, sahm to two wild and crazy guys (8/07) and (3/10) and their sweet new baby sister (4-1-13)
my 26 month old JUST started peeing and once pooped in the potty this week! :) what made the difference for us was I got him a couple potty books for boys- which shows boys on potties- and then within 2 days he totally got it!
NOw we are working on aim and also having him relax enough to poop in the potty- plus other details- but I am low pressure about it. He has interest now finally due to those books though.
also, if I know he has to pee and the potty thing is feeling stressful I will put him in the empty bathtub and let him pee there which takes away the whole aim issue.
Snapdragon, would you share which books you got? My son (28 months) had been showing some interest so I was doing some low-key stuff with him, then he got very resistant so I backed off, and now the interest seems to be returning ever so slowly, so I'd love to be better prepared this time. Thanks!
I got two books- just selected them from amazon because they have photos of toddler boys on potties- and ds being an only child had never really seen other kids on potties- so it is more the photos than the text that teaches him:
My potty book for boys
the other is
boys potty time (with special reward stickers) (but I got it used and the stickers are gone but I am not into the reward for potty thing anyway so that is fine!)