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dd (2.5) has been a week in underwear during the day, but not for BMs. she used to go every day, now only has gone 3x this week, and that was with a diaper. i dont want her to get constipated, but i also dont want to encourage hanging onto diapers for just that. is it normal to take longer for that side of potty training? anyone have experience with this particular issue? thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My little guy usually poops first thing in the morning. If he doesn't, I'm pretty much guaranteed it will be in his underwear later on. Personally, I refuse to put him in diapers just because of the pooping issue - I have a mini-shower from our cloth diapering days so I spray out the pants and remind him that we poop in the potty. I figure he'll sort it out one of these days... We also talk about it being quicker to clean up if he poops in the potty as taking off poopy underwear inevitably smears it down his legs, etc. None of this helps you, of course, but one thing I have had some success with is leaving his underwear and pants off if he hasn't pooped and he's to the point that he won't poop on the floor (knock on wood...) so he'll usually scoot himself to the toilet. His sister dealt with constipation for a few months and that was no fun for any of us - good luck sorting this out with her!
 

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We didn't have much problem with pee, but for poo I resorted to bribery...errr... REWARDS. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> DS got 2 M&M's when he went poo in the toilet. Went down to 1 when he was getting more consistent with it and then none - just continued praise. He doesn't get any other sugar treats, so this was a really big deal for him.
 
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