Bribery for poop.. (:

@wmaharper (2316)
United States
March 8, 2007 8:17am CST
My son (2 1/2) has been using the potty for about 4 months now, pretty consistently too. But he refuses to go poop in the potty. He says it's gross. I don't know why. But we have finally decided that stickers were not enough motivation for him. We are buying a disney Mack Truck (from the movie cars) and we'll place it above the potty (the same way we did with the stickers when he was first learning to go pee in the potty) for him to have once he goes poop. We've talked about it today, and I showed him a picture of it online, and he's actually tried to go today,which is amazing, usually when I discuss it with him, he is completely against it, but today I've already got him to sit for five minutes, he just didn't have to go yet. So, we will see if this act of bribery is successful. (: He will usually just opt to go in his underwear, or he'll ask for a pull-up if he knows he needs to go. I don't know why he has such an aversion to use the toilet for this, I think it was initially based on fear, but I don't really think that's why anymore. It'd be nice to have him pull-up free soon though. (:
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4 responses
• United States
8 Mar 07
My problem is reverse...my daughter loves to poop in the potty but still pees on her pull ups now and then. I am letting her panties that the weather is getting warmer so she can wear a dress and she can go to the potty by herself. I guess she just doesn't want to make a mess in her diapers plus she is eager to go to school and I told her once she is potty trained she can go. She is just 2 1/2 and when she gets 3..we are enrolling her in. Also, I put some books beside her while she is sitting there. She wants me to close the door to have privacy and I told her to call me if she is finish already. If I know she tried to get up, I told her I can see what she is doing..:) A favorite toy helps too...like i let her bring her toy cellphone in there or something she can play with her hands. I even run the water at one point coz it suppose to help them do it fast. And the thing that I always remind her is that...she is a big girl and like Mama she have to do it in the potty. She wanted to be a big girl...so she is eager to do that.
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Thanks for all of the advice. I will try a toy to let him play with while he is trying to go. My son doesnt care about privacy yet, i'm sure it's only a matter of time though. THanks again.
• United States
6 Apr 07
Thanks for the best response.
@lullabell (436)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Both my son and daughter disliked poopin' in the potty. My daughter would ask for a diaper when she had to go and my son would just go in his pants! I never did figure out why they didn't like to use the potty for this. Any way what are you gonna do when he goes once for the truck and then stops using the potty when he gets it? I cna't remember how i stopped mine from going, so i can't give you great advice. I'd probably try candy first. mine don't get alot of candy so some great stuff like cotten candy and pop rocks, you know the good stuff that you don't buy often. give him those when he does. This way you can afford to keep up the reinforcing. also i do remember this, Both of my kids like books and some times i think they just got board sitting there, so i'd keep a stack of books. We'd even go to the library and let them pick out some books for in the bathroom. good luck. keep your patience, you know a very high percent of children will end up in the emergency room for broken and fractured hips during potty training from being slammed down on the potty by angry parents. (not that i think you would, just a fact i ran across.)
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
9 Mar 07
Oh my goodness.. I can't belive people would do that to their children. *sigh* Well, once he goes once, we are hoping that he'll see it's not as gross as he thinks it is. I have gotten him to sit on the potty to try and go now, and he'll sit and be very excited. I just have been trying at the wrong times. He's pretty regular, so I should be able to catch him today hopefully. We tried candy, but we did that with going pee in the potty, and it worked great for that, but for some reason he's not motivated by that to go number 2 . (: I usually give him a book when he goes in there to try. Hopefully it will be enough incentive for him, otherwise his Mack truck will sit up there for a long time. (:.. I know he'll go eventually, I suppose It just seems like it's taking so long because I have a six month old as well. Thanks for the response.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Both of my son were so much harder to potty train than my daughter. My eldest had this thing about using other people's restrooms. He would not go in anyone else's house, thought that was gross. But he would go at a public restroom, he had some idea that a public restroom was cleaner because it was a store/professional space. Two & a half is still on the younger side for boys from what I have seen. If this works, that's great. But if it doesn't, don't stress about it. Eventually he will start using the potty.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
8 Mar 07
Yes, two and a half is young, we were surprised when he told us he wanted to go pee pee in the potty. We hadn't planned on potty training him until he was closer to three, but we had a friend over whose son was potty training and our son thought it was pretty neat, and wanted to try, so we went with it. Thanks for the response.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I know it seems really harsh but have you tried letting him wear the messy diaper for a while so he can feel how uncomfortable it would be to not go potty in the potty. Some time harsh measures work best.
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