My almost 3-year-old is doing alright with potty training: he'll pee in the potty just fine, but he still refuses to sit on the potty or toiler for poops. He'll happily poop in his underwear or on the floor if he's bare-bottomed. Tonight during bath, I tried to see if my son will pee standing up - he did so (in a cup) in the bath without protest. Now I'm wondering if I should start encouraging him to pee standing up, which could help when we're out because he is still refusing to pee in public toilets. (I keep a potty chair in the trunk of my car, so he'll pee there. But sometimes we could be out and about for 3+ hours, and I don't want him holding it that long if he'll go in a public toilet.)
Should I keep having him sit down on the potty until he can finally poop on there as well? Will it somehow confuse him if he pees standing up before he's comfortable with sitting down to poop?? Or should I go ahead and encourage him to pee standing up, since sitting down to pee isn't making him poop on the potty any easier anyway??
(Yes, I've tried rewards, bribes, taking things away, even cold showers when he poops in his undies, but nothing so far as worked to get this kid to poop on the potty.)
Answer by musicpisces at 2:43 AM on Dec. 2, 2010
Answer by musicpisces at 3:07 AM on Dec. 2, 2010