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  • Any tips to get my neatly 5 year old to poo on the toilet?

    How do I get my almost 5 year old to poo on the toilet. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried every technique, except one I’m about to try - to write a plan with him with the 5 steps with one being to cut a hole in his pull up. My oldest son has Autism and he managed to do one at 4 1/2 years old because he was busting to go and I said we haven’t got time to get a nappy. Lots of friends have said not to push them into it, otherwise it takes longer but I’ve had enough now. I know they normally just do it when they’re ready but any tips that worked for your kids? Thanks

  • #2
    Hope someone has tips!
    I am toilet training my youngest at 2.5 y and for the first time I have a kid who refuses to poo on the toilet. She freaks out.

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    • #3
      I toilet trained by example, when I was living alone with him, when I went to the toilet he would use his potty, which didn't take long to progress to the toilet, which is what he wanted because it's what I used.

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      • #4
        Any tips to get my neatly 5 year old to poo on the toilet?

        With my daughter she responded to a poo chart. A sticker for every poo on the toilet then every so often she’d get a pink square which meant a small box of smarties. Once she finished the chart she got a box of Lego that she’d picked out. The catalyst though was that we were out and I didn’t have a pull-up on me and we were at a play centre so she had to poo in the toilet. Once she got into it, she’d often forget about putting a sticker on the chart etc as it became her normal.

        ETA she was between 3.5-4 when this happened. She’d been toilet trained for a good year+ for wees before she’d do a poo on the toilet.

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        • #5
          Both my kids were fully night and day trained at 2 yrs 9 mths old .
          We never used a potty, started as soon as they walked, pull ups from walking, sticker charts , work out how often they are having their bowels open and only offer once that time comes up to be due, naked any opportunity-but be in the same room to catch an opportunity (poo face)

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          • #6
            Thanks for the tips. Finally got it out of him today why he’s worried about doing it. He said his back will hurt sitting on the toilet. I read online that kids can get worried about sitting on the toilet to poo because they’re used to standing. I showed his teddies doing a poo on the toilet today and managed to coax him to sit on the toilet with his pull up on. He didn’t poo but it’s a start. He wasn’t happy with me for a while 😆

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            • #7
              We used the smaller toilet seat that had steps for them that fitted over the toilet - yes they may not need the steps at 5 but we found the smaller seat better still at that age, the steps didn't bother them, it's actually really healthy to have your feet up off the ground on a stool/step when you do a poop. Other than that mine just seemed to figure it, no profound words of wisdoms I'm afraid

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