We started toilet training our almost 2.5yo about a month ago. She had one wee accident the first morning and none since. She even wears undies for her nap and her night nappy is often dry in the morning.
She has always been unenthusiastic about pooing on the toilet. She would do it but scream and cry a bit but then be excited that she'd done it. The last few days, she'll race to the toilet if she feels a poo coming but as soon as her bum hits the seat, she leaps up saying she doesn't like it. She goes back and forth to the toilet a million times for about an hour - and now she's pooing in her undies or on her little step as she's climbing onto the toilet.
Any ideas to help her get over her fear of the toilet for poos? We've tried putting a potty next to the toilet, bribing with smarties, getting her to watch the iPad on the toilet (she'll just hold the poo in), talking to her about how the toilet wants the poo etc. I've spent about 2.5 hrs taking her back and forth to the toilet today as she keeps asking for it - and 3 dirty undies.
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04-11-2015 20:08 #1Senior Member
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Scared of doing poos in the toilet
04-11-2015 20:22 #2
DS1 had major anxiety around poos while he was TTing. Never any accidents but he would only go when he literally couldn't hold it in anymore, like once every 7-10 days, and he would sob like it was the most traumatic thing ever. It lasted for almost 3 months. We tried everything to no avail. The final thing I did was record him on my phone telling himself that doing poos on the toilet was not scary, that he was so proud of himself for learning how to go to the toilet, that he was beginning a big boy, that the poos needed to come out so he would feel better and not have a sore tummy, that there was nothing to be afraid of etc. Every time he even remotely looked like he needed to do a poo I would sit him on the toilet and play him the video. He relaxed pretty quickly after that and the anxiety disappeared within a week or so. It was incredibly stressful for all of us so while odd, it was a relief that something so strange actually worked.
04-11-2015 21:05 #3Senior Member
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Thanks for replying Moxy. I'll definitely give that a try! I'm really hoping this doesn't go on for months and months - I've got a bub due in 8 weeks eeek!
05-11-2015 06:30 #4
I feel your pain. DS2 was about 5 months old at the time and his sleep had gone to sh!t. We were averaging 3-4 hours of broken sleep a night. Coupled with DS1's TTing issues, it's fair to say this was a very stressed out and unhappy household. To add to it, I insisted on getting a puppy soon after, so then had to deal with TTing her which was a nightmare!
Thankfully DS2 TT'd within a matter of days without any issues at all 😂
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