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In most children, bowel control develops before urinary control. This is the reason that many toddlers will let you know that they are having a bowel movement by their posture, gestures or facial expressions, but very few will let you know that they are urinating.

So, if your child has bladder control, chances are they have bowel control too. In most cases bowel movement training will almost happen naturally. This means that bowel movement's usually follow urination, so once children are trained to urinate in a potty chair or on the toilet, they will also have a bowel movement while urinating.

You, as the parent have already set expectations that both pee pee and poo poo go into the potty, so that your child already knows what you expect. Give your child the extra praise the first time your child has a bowel movement in the potty, and in most cases, bowel movement training flows naturally after urine training.

This is exactly what happened with my children. They had a bowel movement while urinating in the potty and of course got plenty of verbal and non verbal praise, which reassured them that this was the expected behavior.

Both of my children did have a couple of small accidents on poop training, here is what happened:

  • My headstrong older son had his first accident, which was a bowel movement just as we were getting started on the "Big Day". So, during the potty training session, I used both terms when I verbalized desired behaviors -- "Big boys pee & poo in the potty."
  • My organized methodical younger son had zero accidents; however, he did have to learn a couple of things about his own body. On the second and third night after his "Big Day", he woke me up to go use the potty, but when he sat on the potty, all he did was pass gas. It took him a number of times of sitting on the potty to pass gas, before he had learned the difference between passing gas and having a bowel movement!!

("Big Day" is used in the Potty Training In One Day Method, please check out Chapter 3: Potty Training Methods for more information on this potty training method.)

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potty training problems (5/19/2013) Reviewer: jc (brick, nj)

Hi my friend joy, her son won't potty train for her but he is 2 years old still in diapers.

Should she still do the prize potty training method or the towel potty training method?

Thanks.

PTC Comment:The training method that she uses will strictly be up to her and her son and what would work better for them. You see, each child being different, will adapt to different methods better than others. Has he started showing signs of being ready for potty training?

I do have a question for you, what is her son wearing during the day? Is he in pull-ups? If he is, the first thing that I would do would be to get him out of the pull-ups and into cloth training pants. The pull-ups are designed to keep the child dry, therefore they wick away as much of the wetness from the child as possible, making him feel dry. We need him to feel wet and uncomfortable, therefore wanting to go to the potty to keep dry.

Toddler pooping in pants (5/12/2011) Reviewer: Kayla (Winchester, Ca) My daughter is pretty much potty trained with pee and about 50% of the time with poop. But almost daily she has a BM in her pants, I know she knows how to hold it because there are days she waits and goes to the potty to do it, and she BMs usually twice a day and one of those is usually in the potty. But she consistently poops in her pants and then tells me she needs to go potty. I have caught her in the act before and she is actually trying to go poop, it isn't a situation where she waits too long and it just comes out, she actually concentrates on pooping in her pants. I have told her over and over poop goes in the potty and when I ask her where poop goes she tells me that, but she still has "accidents" if you can call them that. She also gets plenty of praise when she does go in the potty. How can I deter this behavior and get her to just go in the potty? Potty Training Concepts: There has to be either some inconsistancies with the potty training method that you are using or there might be some changing in the household that the child is not used to. Just make sure that you are consistant with the method that you are using. She will get it down pact. Another thing when she does poop in her pants, let her help to clean herself up. She will then not want to do it anymore.
Urinates on potty but won't poop on potty (5/6/2011) Reviewer: Amma M. (Regina, SK) My granddaughter is peeing on the potty successfully now for over a month but she is having problems with BM on the potty. We talk to her, reward her, even colored the water the few times we caught her BM in time to put her on the potty. Yesterday It seemed like she was holding her BM to the point that she complained her tummy hurt. I put her on the potty which turned out to be a BM. We made sure she knew that she had done very good. Later she had an equally large BM in her pants again. I am worried. Potty Training Concepts: There has to be either some inconsistancies with the potty training method that you are using or there might be some changing in the household that the child is not used to. Just make sure that you are consistant with the method that you are using. She will get it down pact. Another thing when she does poop in her pants, let her help to clean herself up. She will then not want to do it anymore.
not going poop on the potty (4/20/2011) Reviewer: lori (regina, SK) Hi so my daughter is over 3 yrs old she will be 4 in August. She waits to go poop when shes sleeping we have tried getting her to sit on the potty during the day and before bedtime. We have tried rewards like a play structure with swings, slides, and stickers which worked wonders with peeing, but we just don't know what else to do how can we get her to go during the day and not in her sleep for that is when she needs to go. please any advice is appreciated. thank you Lori

PTC Comments:

Make sure you establish that pee and poop go in the potty. Make sure that she doesn't have a fear of pooping because it hurts and make sure that you make her experience as comfortable as possible.

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