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Things changed. We started late (12 months) and things were going great. I was getting most pees and poops in the potty. Right now, he just refuses to sit there long enough or actually "go". I can tell by his full penis that he needs to pee or by how long its been since his last poo (he's pretty regular) when he needs to poo. However, he just wont do it on the potty anymore. I still offer it to him as much as I can without pushing him. I do nudge him back on and try to hand him a new "whatever" to exlplore each time. So far we have gone thru all my lotion bottles, shampoo bottles, bath books,....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> !!! I have tried nursing him on it to relax him, but nope, it wont work. I have gone from getting almost all poops and pees, to NOTHING. Why are we reversing our progress? Does this happen to others?<br><br>
Should I just give up? He just wants to stand and throw everything (including the potty) in the tub! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: DOes that mean he doesnt want the potty anymore, he's throwing it away? Am I over analyzing???<br><br>
As a side note, he's really close to walking on his own, could that have something to do with it? I really don't think so, i think i;m reaching for a reason <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
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Alright, well I've never done EC with a baby that old, but I can offer a few suggestions based on everything I've learned from other people.<br><br>
Firstly, it could have everything to do with being about to walk...people often say that "potty pauses" such as this are indicitive of a new milestone being just around the corner. So don't worry, you're not just making things up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
That said, don't give up, maybe just switch things up a little. Have you tried letting him pee standing up? You can do that in the bathtub, or help him to squat over the toilet with one foot on either side of the seat. The bathtub may be your best choice, just because its so big, and even if he pees while sitting it won't get on him. Plus you can always distract him with the water. He'll most likely still squat to poop, so maybe you can slide his potty under him to catch it, or you may just have to clean poop out of your bathtub, but really that's probably still easier than cleaning a diaper.<br><br>
You could also hold him in classic position, but that may just be more of a fight. Or move the potty and switch the location. If you're someplace warm, I hear outside is almost impossible to refuse!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Hope this helps, if I remember anything else, I'll let you know! If nothing else, its temporary. If he knows where his pee and poop go, then he'll come back to it, and just keep up the communication, telling him where the pee and poop are supposed to go. Good Luck!
 

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Thanks!<br>
He has peed a few times in the potty, but that was by total coincidence. I keep offering, and chances are he needs to pee sometime!<br>
As far as poop, he refuses to go on there. He pulls himself to standup and poops while standing (I caught it with my hand once so it wouldn't land on the bathroom rug, yay for my reflexes, but it was really weired to catch his poo in my hand!!!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ) He also squats right next to the potty and poops while just messing around with the potty. I think you're right, I should mvoe the potty to a different location. I live in CA, so yeah, its pretty warm, but im on the 4th floor of an apt buliding, so can't really rush outside for that. Too bad, because I think that would be awesome.
 

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keep the faith <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ... definitely sounds like the typical potty pause or potty strike ... just roll with it, do your best to relax or back off a little, and keep your eyes on the big picture ... he will inevitably get this, in his own time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ... you could even *say* to him, "seems like you're not in the mood for the potty right now, we'll get back to normal another day" or the like ... so he knows there's no expectation <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
hth! ... we ec'd from 7m with our second, for daytime, started at 12m for night, graduated at 25m ... the pauses are just blips on the screen in the long run ... maybe you can find comfort in knowing you're doing something respectful and responsive with your son, nevermind the pauses along the way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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