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How long do you make your LO stay on the potty to go poop?

I am in a struggle of wills with my 4 yr old dd. She just a A LOT of food, another growth spurt I think. She ate 1 whole boneless chicken breast, a whole red pepper raw, a glass of milk, then juice, then a hand full of chips from daddy. Its been a little over an hour, I made her sit on the potty for about 10 minutes. She peed, but no poop. In the past, she wouldn't go when we asked her to, then I would get busy, next thing I know, she poops. This has happened lots of times and she does know better! We did the reward system, but to no avail. This potty training thing has me pulling my hair out!!!! I do know there will be accidents, I understand this. But lately she has been doing it on purpose. Like this week, I would sit her down on the potty, she would just sit there and do nothing. Then she gets up 10 or so minutes later sometimes more, she would pee and poop, or just pee and completely soak herself and whatever she happens to be sitting on. So I told her next time she does this I will take a toy away, and she will get it back when she goes potty, no tinkling allowed. I have 5 of her favorite toys. Well if this doesn't work, at least it will clean up her room...:(

What am I doing wrong?? Please help me!!!!!


Asked by Michigan-Mom74 at 11:00 PM on Feb. 11, 2013 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • I know 4 seems late to a lot of mom's, but honestly, my theory is that as long as you continue to encourage them & try to keep up a routine for potty time, when they are ready they will go. My kids may have trained late, but neither of them had accidents once they were fully trained, and I'm hoping the same for my son right now.

    Answer by HappyEndings at 11:15 PM on Feb. 11, 2013

  • LOL!! Crafty I love you!!!! I didn't even think of money!! She loves playing with our loose change! I even had her go to Mc D's one day and she 'bought' an ice cream cone. One would have thought someone just handed her a million bucks! Her eyes lit up and her mouth got big with a little O. She protested ar first at the thought of given up her change until she realized what it got her!


    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 11:20 PM on Feb. 11, 2013

  • fiatpax....Mine doesn't care. Last summer we started doing that cause she could play outside on our porch, she went, she didn't care.

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 11:22 PM on Feb. 11, 2013