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My DS went on potty strike a couple of months ago and we went to diapers most of the time. Before the potty strike we caught most pees and <i>all</i> poops.<br><br>
Now he has come off the potty strike and is loving using his little potty again! He's so proud that he can now go sit on the potty himself and he really, really loves carrying the potty to the bathroom to pour into the big toilet. He likes it so much he'll sit on the potty and I can hear him grunt to push out a few drops to run to the big toilet! He'll also pee for me into the big toilet and into a large mixing bowl we keep by the bed at night (but we don't catch all pee at night).<br><br>
So he's totally diaper free most days now and we catch most pees most days. I keep him in just pants most of the time.<br><br>
My problem - I can't get him to poop on the potty again! He almost always goes early in the morning and gets it into his early morning diaper. If I try and get the diaper off early he'll just go on the floor. During the day he'll just go on the floor.<br><br>
I'm having trouble figuring out a cue for this or how to catch it. I *always* used to catch poops. We never ever missed. But now I just can't figure it out. My first child was an EC baby too and she had really clear physical cues that she needed to poop. But I don't notice those with DS. I really think if I can just get a few in the potty he'll come back to the association as quick as with the pees. Maybe I'm just so busy now I don't notice his cues... Any thoughts?
 

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How about spending more time on the pot especially in the morning if that's when he normally poops, reading books, playing games, or whatever will keep his attention comfortably? I find that just sitting there sometimes is enough, even when there weren't any clues. A little tummy rub in the right direction can be mildly suggestive, too. Or, dare I suggest it, grunting in empathic support? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I don't know how things go in your family, but does your son have access to other family members as they go pee/poop? Perhaps having him in the bathroom with you, and then showing him the potty afterwards? Does he talk about poop and seem conscious of it when he goes (as different from pee)? ie, does he have a word for the two separate functions? And have you tried any sign language? Also, I've found that my son prefers to have a potty insert on the big potty to sit on when he does poos now. I squat in front of him, holding his waist and talking to him about all kinds of things and then if he needs to go, he usually has the patience to sit. (he's 14 months old and we've been having off and on potty strikes for the past 3 months)<br><br>
good luck! catching poops is the major reason i'm such a fan of ec, so I feel your pain about missing them!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">He's so proud that he can now go sit on the potty himself and he really, really loves carrying the potty to the bathroom to pour into the big toilet. He likes it so much he'll sit on the potty and I can hear him grunt to push out a few drops to run to the big toilet!</div>
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That is so cute!<br><br>
All I can think of with the poops is that maybe the urge is really strong by the time you are noticing it. It could be hard to hold that in or uncomfortable for him??<br><br>
My ds and I have a routine of sitting on the potty (the big pot) together and reading a book or playing with a toy for a few minutes until he relaxes and goes, first thing in the morning. He tends to take a while and sometimes have a hard time going, so it always takes him a few minutes. I'm also up before him and watching for the pottytunity. Does your ds rise before you? Maybe he just really needs to go as soon as he gets up. Or perhaps he senses that it is not as easy or not as much fun to dump the poo in the big potty, so why bother??<br>
These ec babies are so smart about things, I bet there is something behind it. Good luck figuring it out.
 

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thank you for the ideas mamas!<br><br>
I have an "open bathroom" policy lol! I let him come in the bathroom with me no matter what I'm doing so he sees peeing and pooping and all that jazz =P<br><br>
He has quickly become a fan of being read to on his little pot so I might try that in the early morning.<br><br>
He is not very verbal yet - but I know he understands the concept of poop - I had him bare bummed yesterday and we walked out to check the mail (still very warm here!). As we were walking back in I noticed he had a bit of a poopy bottom so I asked him "where did you poopy?" He ran right to the kitchen and pointed out where he did to me. So I know he understands what it is and that it's different from "pee." The sign I use is the same for both, though. He hasn't used the sign yet himself but he knows what it means (go potty).<br><br>
He does generally get up before me and I think that may be our big problem. He's up and playing (and pooping) in the room before I can drag myself up. I think I'm just missing it by a few minutes. I think he would like going on the potty if I could just catch once. It must be even more gratifying to dump solids into the potty than liquid <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He's so excited by the whole process, I think he's comfy using his little potty and being supported on the big potty, and it feels good to poop, you know... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think just catching him would work.<br><br>
I do think I'll get up a little earlier next week so I can beat him up and just spend some time on the potty. I feel like if we catch just one or two it will help him re-associate pooping with the potty.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I feel like if we catch just one or two it will help him re-associate pooping with the potty.</div>
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I think you're on track with this! My ds had a brief poo strike during a bout of constipation. Once we got the constipation straightened out it took just a few poos on the potty to reassociate.
 
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