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So we were doing so good for so long!! I caught the first two poops of his life and up until he was 6 months old he only had 4 dirty diapers. Two due to the fact that we were in line for an airplane. But around his 7th month he started waiting until he was in the carseat to go. This went on for about a week. I thought maybe it's because of the shape of it and the vibration, that it helps him relax. So i tried sitting him on his baby toilet (a baby bjorn potty chair) and he didn't quite know what to do with himself. I've always held him in arms so he's used to that. So for a while i would hold him in arms over his baby toilet and that seemed to work and he stopped going in his carseat.<br><br>
But now we have a new problem. I don't notice his cues. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> He used to make noise or a face but now it's like there's no change and then all the sudden he smells like poo. The past three times he's gone in his diaper! DAH! This is so frustrating after having such an easy time with it. He also FREAKS OUT when i pick him up to put him in position. He even starts crying when he notices we're going towards the bathroom, even though i know he has to go. This started after i took him to the church daycare while i went to a class and told them he knew how to go in the toilet and to offer it to him in 20 minutes. I told the woman to hold him over it but i guess she didn't quite understand me because when i got back she said she "sat him on it" and he screamed so she took him off. Now he seems to be terrified if i get him anywhere close to his baby toilet. I've tried talking to him gently and comforting him with my voice but it doesn't seem to work. I'm afraid that experience of some stranger placing him on the cold toilet scared him. Now he's afraid of it. What do i do? It's like he avoids it at all costs. But then since he's not used to sitting in poo when he goes in his diaper he is REALLY upset and does not like to sit still for me to clean him up.<br><br>
Sorry this was so long but i'm really at a loss for what to do about his new fear of pottying. Please help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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aw, poor little guy! that must've been scary for him. maybe you could try bringing out his BBLP to the living room or wherever you spend most of your time with him, and let him play with it and sit on it with a diaper, see if he'll let you read him a book or something while he's on it, so he gets used to it? then when you have to go to the bathroom, take him in there with you and offer to let him sit down when you do? that's how i started EC'ing with my older infants and it worked pretty well.<br><br>
i found keeping a potty in the living area of the house was really great - my crawlers and toddlers weren't always keen to stop their play to go to the potty if i had to completely remove them from the room, but if they could just sit down and keep chewing on their toy or read a book they were a lot happier.
 

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Well in our house we call them potty protests. No doubt he was a little frieked out by the nursery episode. But my son had multiple times during his first (and 2nd) year when he did a potty protest. They usually only lasted a few weeks (at the most). Or sometimes he would just want to go in a different place. My oldest son would get tired of the bathroom and would arch his back everytime I took him. But if we took him off the front steps or in the kitchen sink he would go almost everytime. So you might try taking him outside or just someplace new and different. If he really was having a potty protest, then we would just put a diaper on him for a week or so and then when he was ready to start back up he would always let us know. Sometimes they can only handle one thing at a time, so if he's getting a tooth, learning how to situp or crawl, he might put the potty thing on the shelf till he has the room to in his little world to do it. Your doing a great job! So don't stress....he won't forget!
 

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thanks, both of you for your advice!! I will try both: letting him play with his baby toilet and sit on it at the same time as i do, and taking him outside to go. And you're right, he's been trying to walk so maybe it has something to do with him being preoccupied with that.
 
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