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How do I get my 4 yrold to go #2 in the potty?

My son has been potty trianed for about a year now, and he will be starting preschool this fall. He will not go #2 in the potty. He will either go in his underwear or he will wait till we put a pull up on him at bedtime. We are lost on what to do. Any advice???

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Asked by kvaneyk at 7:25 AM on May. 17, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Do you know approx. what time of the day he needs to poop? If you do then I would try and catch him before he does it in his underwear or put him on the potty at that time of day and tell him he can sit there until he goes poop. At some point he will get tired of sitting there, hopefully. It took our son a litttle bit to poop on the potty, sometimes he would sit on it for a while but when he finally did it we made a huge deal out of it and he was so excited. I think catching them beforehand is the key.

    Answer by newmomma14 at 9:50 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • He doesnt have a certain time of the day that he needs to poop. We have tried sitting him on the potty when we see that he looks like he is pooping but it doesnt help.

    Answer by kvaneyk at 10:04 AM on May. 17, 2010

  • Stop the night time pullups, and when he poops in his underwear, have him throw them away. He'll hate seeing his undies go. Of course, when he's not looking (taking a nap or something) take them out and put them in the washer. Afterall, underwear is expensive! That's what we did. When he goes poop in his underwear, flush it and make a big deal of saying "bye poop!". Once he does go poop in the potty, make a huge deal of it, "Oh, we're so proud, you're such a big boy....". Is he excited about starting school? We told Kiwi that she had to be pooping and peeing in the potty before she could go to school, that she wasn't allowed to go in her undies if she was there. All she wanted was to go to school, so that was the big reward, the main motivation for her going in the potty. She didn't poop in the potty for about two weeks after starting to pee in it. The pullups just confuse him, he knows its okay to go them, so get rid of them.

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 11:17 AM on May. 17, 2010

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