The potty. If there is anything that gives us parents a huge sense of relief, it is when your toddler poops in the potty for the first time. It means we don’t have to shell out for diapers anymore for a start! Not only that, but it is a huge step in your toddler progressing to become a fully functioning human being. It’s huge. But… Why is it so scary for a toddler? How do you get your toddler to poop in the potty?
In this post, I will give you some of the tips I used.
Potty – The Fear Is Real (For A Toddler)
A common problem that parents face when potty-training their kids is the fear of toilets.
For example, a toddler may think that they may be accidentally flushed down a toilet.
Although that’s not possible, they lack cognitive abilities to understand.
5 Tips to Help Your Toddler to Poop in the Potty
1. Diet Check
If you notice that your little one doesn’t poop for a bit, they may be experiencing constipation. It takes only one painful poop to scare your toddler away from using a potty.
Some kids are so averse of pooping on potties they hold bowel movements, and this may cause severe or chronic constipation.
Encourage your toddler to drink a recommended amount of fluid. Pediatricians recommend parents to stick to water or adding a splash of fruit juice.
Milk can cause constipation for some toddlers.
Another option for preventing constipation among kids is ensuring that they exercise regularly. When you get your little one moving, they’ll experience better digestion, and the chances of constipation will be lower.
Ensure that your kid is enjoying fiber-rich foods and whole grains. By doing so, food will move through their digestive system at a steady pace. Some of the best foods include apples, pears, vegetables, and barley.
2. The Position
According to research, the body position is crucial to ensure the optimal release of poop.
The key point here is that your toddler should be in a position where their knees are above their hip. It goes back to thousands of years ago where folks like us used to ‘cop a squat’. We didn’t have anything flash like a toilet to sit on.
Practice this together until your toddler cracks it! Make it fun…
3. Take It Slow
The key message is don’t rush. This will only stress your toddler out to increase their fear of the potty!
Take it easy, and approach the problem with a ‘reward’ attitude. Every time they take a small step, reward them. What steps can you reward?
- Not wearing a diaper for a day
- Pooping in a diaper in the same room as the potty (near the toilet)
- Pooping in a diaper ON the potty
- Then… pooping on the potty!
Each of those steps scan be repeated as many times as needed. It is vital for your toddler to be comfortable at each stage.
4. Privacy Please?
Usually, parents are always watching their children for signs of pooping and tend to overlook this tip. Most toddlers have already developed a sense of shame when pooping.
Therefore, if you stand close to your toddler while in the bathroom, they may have a hard time getting the job done.
It’s not possible to poop if you’re nervous, right?
You don’t find it easy to poop while someone is watching, do you? The same applies to toddlers.
5. Have an Open Door Policy
By doing so, you will normalize the process for your kid. If your toddler is comfortable, let them in the bathroom with you.
I hated this! But it does work. They will begin to realize that it is a normal activity.
You want to prove to your child that pooping in a potty is something that everyone does.
3 Key Benefits of Teaching Your Toddler to Poop in the Potty
Everyone poops! However, if you are a parent to a toddler who doesn’t want to poop, it may not seem like natural behavior.
Generally, children have daily bowel movements and occasionally experience constipation. As a result, they may a hard time when trying to poop.
Read on to find out the benefits of training your toddler to poop in the potty.
Encouraging Healthy Habits
Usually, kids start potty-training at the same age they start learning personal hygiene.
The training exercise can help them apply similar approaches to activities such as brushing their tooth and bathing.
Opens up New Opportunities
Wouldn’t you want to live without worrying about your toddler pooping or wetting their pants?
Additionally, many child development centers only accept kids that are potty-trained. If you plan on taking your toddler to this kind of place, it’s a relief when they eventually learn how to poop on the potty, right?
If your toddler succeeds in pooping in a potty, they will be as thrilled as a student who just passed their test. They’ll be confident when pursuing other goals.
Finally, one of the reasons why your little one may not show interest in learning how to release their poop in their potty is that they may not be ready for it. Ensure that they are ready for it!
Some of the signs of readiness include walking and sitting for hours, gaining interest in watching others when going to the bathroom and disliking wearing nappies.
Challenges After Success – Be Prepped
One of the main problems that most parents face when potty-training is regression. For example, your child may show eagerness to learn how to use a potty and stays dry for hours. Then one day, they wake up and start having accidents, stops pooping in their potty, or using it altogether.
The problem is common among most toddlers. Regression is usually due to major changes in a kid’s normal routine. Some of the changes include moving into a new school, a new nanny, or other changes in your home. Keep an eye out for these changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fear of change is the biggest reason why toddlers do not like to poop on the potty. Let’s face it, they have been using a diaper since they were born, this is totally new to them! That is why you need to relax and get them used to each step. It will happen, you just need some patience.
Exercise is an awesome, natural way to bring on the poop! Get your toddler’s legs moving, and make sure they drink plenty of fluids.
The answer is ‘however long it takes for your toddler to get bored’. Don’t force them to sit on the potty because it will seem like punishment and they will be less likely to sit on it in the future.
If you want to know how to get your toddler to poop in the potty, then the 5 tips on this page will certainly help you achieve that!
To reiterate the key message again, you have to stay calm, relaxed, and take each day at a time, along with each little win.
Oh, and when you get those little ‘wins’, make sure to make a big deal out of it in front of your toddler.
I remember when my son first peed in the potty. I made such a big deal out of it that he got very excited! Unfortunately for me, he chose to express his excitement by grabbing the potty and throwing it across the room.
Still, a win is a win! I gave him a high five, and cleaned up the mess.