Poo Goes in The Pot! March 13

Poo Goes in the Pot...

That's exactly what I tell my youngest son everyday as we try to take him to the next level in his potting training. He recently graduated from Pull-Ups and is now doing very well. In fact, he rarely has any accidents because he doesn't want to mess up his new Thomas the Train and Yo Gabba Gabba under"gear". But when comes to number two - he forgets about all that - and just goes...whenever - wherever.

I'm now on to him.
Whenever he disappears - or suddenly sneaks away into his room and closes the door - that's when I know something's up.

But it's usually too late. And when I ask him if he went poo in his pants. He quickly says no - then puts his hands over his eyes - as if he's somehow hiding from the truth. Sometimes I catch him making the poo face - and try to rush him to his pot - but nothing gives.

So we sit.
And sit....
and sit


Now - he's changed his game plan.
He waits until nap or bedtime when he's wearing a pull-up to take care of business.

Smart Kid.

I have literally offered him everything under the sun to get him to go: Ice Cream; strawberry milk - even gummy worms - if he would only try it - just once.

But he's two.... AND he has his mother's determination.
That's not the best combo.

This weekend there was a turning point. I left to run a few errands and when I got home - my little one was grinning from ear to ear. He had something very important to show me.

Guess what it was?
POO in the POT!!!!

I made such a big deal out of the poo - that he started jumping up and down with me. I then had to make good on my gummy worms promise!

So on Sunday I was feeling good, my hubby was feeling good and my little guy had a little extra pep in his step - after all... he did poo in the pot.

He should be proud.
It was a new beginning.
We even went out for brunch after church.
As we were eating I noticed that same son doing a little dance as he stood up from the table...it was a familiar one.
So I rushed him to the bathroom...
Too late!
He was already wet.
Then later that day when we woke up from his nap - lets just say the poo was back in the Pull-Up.

After raising two little ones - this I know: Kids definitely learn at their own pace. And when the time is right for them to take on a new challenge, they will. We can only encourage and cheer them on when occasionally their poo makes it in the pot.

I'm still celebrating our small victory!

Does this sound familiar at all?
Let me know how you survived the potty training - most importantly the number two - phase! I'll take any help I can get!! (smile)

Until Next Time,


About the Author...
Serese Cole
Serese is no stranger to the Midwest. She was born and raised in Kansas City and after years of moving from state to state - has called Nebraska home the last decade.

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  • by Jessica Location: Topeka on May 9, 2011 at 04:05 PM
    With my children (I have five and have also potty trained several children in daycare) The best results I have found (for pooing) is to wait about 10 minutes after they eat and sit them on the pot with a book or a rubix cube.. something to keep them occupied and wait patiently. I always make sure that every meal has a decent amount of fiber in it ie raspberries, whole weat pasta, whole grain breads etc. The extra fiber helps them poop and also stimulates those "poopy" muscles and theyre better to learn the "sensation" faster. hope this helps :) I know it helped me.
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  • by Bekki Location: Seward County on Mar 31, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    I know this sounds crazy, but we had this little ritual of waving goodbye to the poop right before flushing. For some reason it made my daughters feel better about pooping on the potty. I don't know why, but it seemed to work - accidents slowed down and eventually stopped after we began our little farewell ceremony. I have no idea if it really made the difference or it was a coincidence. Honestly, I didn't care - I just wanted to be done with diapers and pull-ups!!
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