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Many parents find that the "elimination communication" method, also known as 'natural infant hygene' is a simple approach. It is important to clarify that this approach is not 'potty training'. Rather, it is a two-way communication. Children know how to potty when they come out of the womb, and most will let you know. The basic principle of this approach is ...


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You are dealing with two issues here: stool toileting refusal and the associated constipation. Constipation: Your doctor is probably recommending an enema because an impaction is preventing defecation at this point. I have an acquaintance who has had success in this same situation using a commercial suppository that is administered by eyedropper – you ...


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A possible less-than-orthodox answer, provided you did all the standard advice already (e.g. usual behavior modification tricks and avoid hard/constipated stools as another answer mentioned). He may have a problem with the water splashing on him when the poop hits the water. Ours had issues with pooping on the toilet, but once they were resolved he started ...


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Our kids were "night trained" by the time they were about 4. If you can figure out when they are having their accidents, it makes it easier to help them. Here are my recommendations: First, get a plastic sheet; there are going to be accidents. Second, don't use pull-ups. Help her feel like a big girl so the accidents matter. Then, make the last drink at ...


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If you have a good space & climate for it, let your child run around outdoors naked as much as possible. This is a no-effort, no-teaching way for a child to learn about that whole poop and pee thing.


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Potty training is so fun with kids. It's one step forward, two steps back, three steps forward, a shuffle to the side... In short, this sounds like one of the usual stops along the route towards full potty training. I don't see that you're doing anything wrong. Have you tried to talk with her about it? I don't know how verbal she is; my daughter was VERY ...


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Three ideas (one you might not like, but if it works...): Make sure he goes to the bathroom just before bed. Did wonders for our daughter. Try some higher-absorbency pullups. Since he's almost 6, maybe move to GoodNights or something similar for older kids with bladder control issues. You might just be overloading the capacity of the diaper. If you can ...


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That is a typical age. They will let you know when they are ready. Now I would make sure you help her know that going on the potty is a very good thing! The Mayo Clinic has a good set of questions you should ask yourself before starting: Does your child seem interested in the potty chair or toilet, or in wearing underwear? Can your child ...


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"Ok, one more trip and then straight to bed." worked well for us... not only with the potty but also with "I'm thirsty" and "I need to give mommy a kiss good night" and ... all his other stalling tactics. Basically he realized that whatever thing he wanted to do to stall getting to bed would replace the next story I was about to read, and make it the last ...


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Some children don't want to stop playing and sit on the toilet long enough to get all of the poop out. Also, being a new experience for them, they might not recognize the feeling of having some left inside. Having some entertainment could do the trick. Some books or toys or music (a portable cassette player) could keep your son on the toilet long enough to ...


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I had no idea potty selection was a challenge. We did what we always do: drive to our local outlet of a major worldwide Swedish furniture store. (I love going there, to me it's like a mini-vacation to Sweden.) They have a potty for just a few bucks. It's small, simple, and effective, and I highly recommend it. The bottom edge has a rubber inset so it's ...


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I hate to say this (and I SWEAR it's not a pun) but it depends. For our daughter, pull-ups were more of a hassle than they were worth. She treated them like a diaper and was not interested in going into big-kid undies until we took them away and replaced them with training panties (the thick kind that can be soiled without causing a level 4 hazmat ...


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Since toddlers (and babies) have been (and still are in various other cultures) potty trained this young and younger, apparently without a problem, The missing word here is some - some toddlers have been potty trained this young. Every child is different. Potty training combines two completely different developmental aspects: Physiological - ...


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It takes some practice for kids to really learn what it feels like to need to use the potty. When we first tried potty training our son, we put him directly into underwear and it was a big flop. We think the underwear just felt too similar to wearing a diaper to him. So the second time we had a go at potty training, we let him run around naked from the ...


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As Valkyrie said, no child goes to college in diapers. Don't put too much pressure on yourself or her as that tends to make things worse. If she has an accident, just gently remind her that pee pee and poop go in the potty--which she knows all ready, but you know how often you have to remind kids about stuff! Then find a way that she can help you clean up ...


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I would suggest you make a routine with your child to go to toilet more often, even if he/she says it's not needed. Often just sitting there makes it happen and creates a nice feeling of relief. This way the whole subject will receive less importance which is often the source of the problem taking so long time to disappear.


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That sounds perfectly normal! You might wait a few months before trying again, giving your daughter time to adjust to all the change she is experiencing. Give her time to grow into her role as big sister before you start toilet training again. When you start again, don't try to do toilet training and binky separation at the same time. A binky, like ...


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We're dealing with pretty regular bedwetting right now with our four-year-old sons, who we switched to underwear all at once (daytime and nighttime together) around a year and a half ago. Our pediatrician assured us that the best thing is to just let them wet the bed, and that pull-ups at night actually delay the process of them learning to get up to use ...


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Potty training is one of the most difficult milestones for children and adults alike. For us, potty training was like a jail sentence; as soon as we realized that our child needed to go, we felt stuck, like we couldn't go out lest we risk an accident in the car seat while driving. For the child (and I am not a psychologist), I can imagine it can be equally ...


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Some useful steps we used: Try to move her liquid intake earlier in the day - sounds like you have been trying to do this, but it is what will really make a difference at this age Make sure she visits the toilet just before bed - possibly encourage her to do this both before and after cleaning her teeth. Sometimes trying twice can help a child relatively ...


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I think you are reading far too much into this. In fact, I was struggling to see what the problem was. You helped the young kid go potty. He needed help. If he'd poo-ed himself, you would have changed him, right? If he'd fallen down, you'd clean the blood off his knee, right? If you feel uncomfortable about it, you could mention it casually to the parents, ...


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Not many toddlers that age stay totally dry when sleeping. If she has the potty routine down during her waking hours, she probably just isn't physically developed enough to hold it during sleep. There's a big difference between conscious urine retention and what happens during sleep. Most toddlers are just beginning to use the toilet around 2.5, and many ...


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I've never heard it called a potty party, however this is the way I potty trained which is very similar to this idea and did work. I left out the doll idea. I did stay home for about 2-3 days (depending on the child) in order to avoid accidents outside the house and recognizing that the child was not quite ready to hold it and make it to a store bathroom. ...


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One helpful tip is to get underwear printed with characters she is really into, then anthropomorphize the underwear when she has an accident. "Oh, no! Princesses don't like to get peed on :-(" Also, continuing the diaper sometimes is a confusing signal. It's faster to do underwear full time, with the possible exception of pull-ups at night, and just ...


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I think balanced mama's response is great. I was just going to add that we go through similar situations with my son on a somewhat regular basis. My son is 4 and sometimes he'll hop out of bed and be super cooperative and sometimes I have to practically drag him out of bed and dress him myself. At around age 3ish kids hit this "power" stage where they ...


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Is he able to articulate at all why he's scared to poop? (Our daughter was afraid of what happened to the poop after it was flushed. Once she groked that she was good to go.) Finding the reason for his fear will probably go a long way towards you finding a solution for this problem. Maybe try the book It Hurts When I Poop. Did wonders for my nephew with ...


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Here are some things that worked with my son who started toilet training around 2.5 years. Peer pressure. He goes to child care 4 days a week and his older friends were already trained. He saw using nappies as being a baby thing. We didn't need to do anything there, his peer group meant he wanted to change himself. Character underwear. If you provide him ...


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We have been using a clothes free method when we are home. Even underwear are tight around the legs like a diaper, so they don't quite recognize the difference. If you are concerned about your home, like I am, send her outside. Our son loves to run around the backyard and when he wets he looks down and tells us. It might take a couple of intensive days ...


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Unless you have a parent who is with the child 24/7 and can constantly and consistently monitor the child's facial expressions and movements, I would highly recommend not wasting your time. In most modern societies today, this is quite an ambitious and futile goal. If you can't be utterly consistent with it, then you end up confusing your child which makes ...



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