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Questions tagged [potty-training]

The transition from diapers to the potty. See also the tag [toilet-training] for the transition from the potty to the toilet.

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6-year-old bed wetting

It seems that most questions on this site about bed wetting involve toddlers. My 6-year-old daughter (almost 7) still wets the bed almost every night. After she was potty trained (a long, difficult ...
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What can I do about 3 year old holding in pee all the time?

I have taken away pull ups/diapers during the day for my 3 year old. Since then, he has gone on the toilet a few times, but usually he will hold it in as much as he can, and then once he can no longer ...
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How does food influence production of urine during the night?

Our son (about 7 years old) has a massive problem with bed wetting. He doesn't wake up at night, if he needs to pee. see also Bed gets wet nearly each night although diaper is worn What we do: meal ...
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Where should boys aim their urine?

We have been potty training our son. We got him comfortable going sitting down first, and now he is learning to urinate while standing. What should I teach him to aim for when peeing while standing ...
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How do I help our 3/yo go through stress

We have a 3 y/o daughter. A few months ago her and I thought it would be best to try and work out our differences by moving into separates homes. Since then my daughter, now 3 who has always been a ...
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potty trained 2 1/2 year old wetting the bed again

My son is 2 1/2 years old, 6 weeks ago we went cold turkey and stopped him wearing nappies and put proper pants on him. He wet the bed the first night and that was the only accident he had! However ...
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Potty Training 2.5 year old - Regression?

I spent three days this weekend (took a day off work) potty training my 2.5 year old daughter. She has been showing signs of being ready for a while - telling me when she wets her diaper, talking ...
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Poop-training and cleaning up

My three year old is 100% pee trained, even at night, but as with many little guys is not poop trained. We started him in underwear, partly because preschool encouraged it and partly because he pee ...
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How to potty train my 3-year-old, who likes to sit on the potty but doesn't go?

My 3-year-old is quite happy to sit on potty or toilet but won't go. He will go in his training pants and hides when doing a poo. How do we get him to go?
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Why do toddlers hide while having a bowel movement?

I have noticed that at a certain point (some) children seek solitude to poop. It seems to happen overnight- one day the child is perfectly content filling his diaper in the living room, surrounded by ...
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How does Elimination Communication work?

Elimination Communication was mentioned in a comment on another question, and I started looking into it. It seems an interesting concept, but I don't understand quite how it works. How do you ...
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Potty Training my 20 month old boy

My son is 20 months old and I have started potty training him. He has been interested in the toilet for a month or two. He will pee and poop whenever I sit him on there, but still won't let me know ...
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3 year old, potty training and binky separation anxiety

Have a 3 yr old daughter and a 2 week old daughter. Unfortunately, before the baby came my wife and i failed at potty training the 3 yr old as well as detaching her from her binky (mostly used at ...
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Three year old able to poo in the toilet but still pees in his nappy

Our 3-year-old son has shown signs of improvement lately in using the toilet to poo. He is still wearing nappy, but he is able to take his nappy and shorts/trousers off and then climbed onto the ...
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Encopresis: how can we encourage our child to clean himself or ask for help immediately instead of ignoring the dirty underwear?

Our son (now nearly 6.5 years old) has problems with potty training for years now. (The long history is described here: How can we potty-train our pre-schooler outside the home? ). Remarks: We are ...
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How long does it usually take to fully potty train a little boy?

My son is 17 months old. We've recently started potty training. I was wondering from other parents, how long does it usually take to fully potty train a little boy? Thanks in advance.
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My 15 month old has started pulling her diapers off after she goes peepee or poopoo

My 15 month old has started pulling her diapers off after she goes to the bathroom. Could this be a sign that its time to start potty training??
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What are some reasons for a toddler to have very inconsistent (frequency and texture) bowel movements?

My daughter is 2 years and 3 months old. Ever since ever she has had very unpredictable bowel movements - some days none, some days lots and lots; some hard and firm and some very loose. When she was ...
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Potty training 20 months old, doesn't know when she needs to go

We've started potty-training our 20 months old girl, during a 10 day vacation (from work and daycare). At first she would not sit on the potty, but that improved after the first few hours and now she ...
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What potty training goals should I use for my son's reward chart?

We've promised my 3 year old son an aquarium for when he completes potty training. Progress has not been as good as we'd like (he pees on the potty almost every day, but has only pooped once). Our ...
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Toddler Pooping Problems

My little girl is 3 years old (she will be 4 in July). She is fully potty trained when it comes to peeing on the potty. However pooping is a different story. When we were first starting the potty ...
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Are incentives (toys, candy) a good idea to help facilitate potty training?

We've been trying a number of techniques (videos, naked time, etc.) to help our almost-3yo to use the potty consistently, with some progress. All of our techniques have fallen into the "entourage, ...
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My 3 years old doesn't tell me when he needs to use the bathroom

My son is 3 years old and doesn't tell me when he needs to use the bathroom. It has been 5 months now that I took his diaper off him. I just do not know what I should do. Should I put a diaper on him ...
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How can I alleviate my 34 month old little girl's fear of poo? [duplicate]

I feel incredibly stupid and awful about this, but a while ago I jokingly referred to my daughters' poo (in her nappy, not in the toilet) as a monster (because it was so big). I think I have now ...
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5 year old only wants to poop wearing a diaper but refused to poop in toilet bowl [duplicate]

My daughter just turned 5 years old 2 weeks ago but until now she refused to sit on a toilet bowl to poop. She only uses the toilet to urinate and we have no problem with this. She even wakes up at ...
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How to tell if a 4 year-old child deliberately postpones urinating until the last possible moment?

Recently, my 4 year-old daughter goes to the toilet too late and sometimes soils her clothing before she can take it off. I don't know if she deliberately postpones urinating until the last possible ...
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Bed gets wet nearly each night although diaper is worn

Our 5 (nearly 6) year old son has had problems with potty training for a long time now. When he sleeps at night, he wears diapers, as he is not aware of peeing during the night yet and does not wake ...
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Toddler peeing pants when upset

We have had our 2.5 year old potty trained for at least 6 months. He knows when he has to go and asks accordingly. At night he stays dry. However, when he is at home and he is in trouble (or gets ...
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How to get a 3 year old to inform us he went poop?

My 3 year old nephew is fully potty trained. However, he is poop shy and refuses to let anyone watch him go poop. Going pee is fine, he practically drags us to the bathroom to watch that show. He ...
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How can we convince our son to take his pants off to sit on the potty?

My son (who is turning 3) has his own potty, and is quite content to sit on it, sing his "potty song", stand up, and "flush" (it's a plastic training potty that plays a sound when you pull the lever). ...
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How do we deal with potty training at daycare?

Our situation is that potty training is going well at home, but really badly at daycare. We have an appointment with the daycare staff next week to discuss strategies. My son, who is 2.5 years old, is ...
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Are “pull-ups” worthwhile?

My son will be 3 shortly. We've introduced him to the potty, and he happily sits on it (he even has a "sittin' on the potty" song he sings)... with his pants on. On occasion, he will sit on the ...
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How to encourage our 3-year-old, who has 100% “miss” at home, to use the toilet?

We started to potty train our 3-year-old daughter about a week ago, after she showed the initial signs by asking to wear underwear "like mom and dad". We explained to her it means she must use the ...
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What to do when my 3-year-old holds poop in and won't go in diaper or on potty?

My son is almost 3 (33 months) and for the past few months, he has been holding his poop in, to the point that he won't go for many days a time. When this started, the doctor advised us to give him ...
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Grandparent put a diaper on my toilet trained child

I was out for 5 hours and my mom put a pull-up on my 25 month old daughter who refused diapers at 19 months. She never used a pull-up before though she has 2 cloth trainers that are thick but they ...
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How to teach a child to “tell” when she needs to go to the toilet?

My cousin's daughter is now 3.5 years old. She still uses diapers all the time and does not tell ever that she needs to go to the toilet. So, I wish to know how to teach a child from the beginning ...
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potty training my 4 year old whom refuses to even make an attempt?

my 4 yr old son absolutely hates to poop in the toilet. He will pee no problem on his own, but he fights to avoid pooping even to the point of claiming it hurts to poop in the toilet. When we ask him ...
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No BM control; what does this mean for training?

My daughter is 2 years, 7 months old, and we started potty-training her two months ago. She's gotten to the point where she's great at peeing - not only no accidents, but all-around promptness, ...
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Resistant child and potty training regression

My 3 year old son is really bright, has an amazingly long attention span, and can be loads of fun but lately he is fighting absolutely everything. It takes ages to get him dressed as he won't do it ...
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How do I get my child to remember to flush?

Our son is now 6. He is "going potty" entirely on his own at home and escorted but directly unsupervised in public. Our problem is that he will almost never remember to flush. This is something we ...
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Embarrassing experience with my nephew; Should I tell his parents?

The experience and my actions at the time: Three years ago, my nephew was three years old, in the middle of his potty training. After lunch with the family everyone went outside, he and his older ...
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Two year old afraid to go on potty

My two year old has started potty training and is pretty good about going pee on the toilet but really struggles when it comes to going poop. She will hold it in and lay on the ground holding her ...
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Retrain toddler to potty?

My toddler was using the potty frequently when he turned about 2.5 years, then after Memorial weekend, he suddenly stopped going. He seems to hold it forever and is very stubborn. I haven't had him ...
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Do I need to space big changes? How much?

We're moving house (within the neighborhood) in early August. In September, our 2-and-a-bit year old moves to a new daycare. But at the same time, she's also at a stage where she's getting big for her ...
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How do I stop my 3yr old from wetting the bed at night?

My daughter is potty trained during the day and is currently sleeps with pull-up. For the past few nights she has been peeing so much that she wets her bed. We have tried to restrict her liquid intake ...
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Help! My 5 year old just won't poop on the toilet

I don't know what to do. We have been trying to get our son to poop in the toilet since he was 3. He is now 5 and shows no signs of starting any time ever. He has done it once or twice but he poops in ...