Poop. It is never pleasant to deal with in a diaper, but I can tell you that it is much worse in little [girls] cotton undies.
We recently took the potty training plunge in our household. To be honest, I didn’t read any books to prepare for it. I asked a few people for some advice, but other than that, we’re just doing it and learning as we go. So, if you’re looking for a step-by-step guide to potty training your toddler in two days, this isn’t the right post to read!
My daughter has been peeing on the potty for quite a few months now, but never regularly and she’s still wearing diapers. (Full disclosure: it’s likely my very own laziness that we didn’t start this sooner). That being said, she’s been very interested in the potty, and I can count on one hand how many wet accidents she’s had since we switched to undies. Poop, though… it’s a work in progress.
Everyone has their method of potty training, but here’s what we’ve been doing…
A few weeks ago, I picked up a pack of cute undies with the days of the week on the butt, a handful of little rewards and fun stickers (even poop ones for the times she goes poopy!) to put on the progress chart – then we dove right in. It became evident that she is too smart for her own good. After going potty for the first time, she chose a Smarties candy, then proceeded to say she needed a sucker too; and when I told her she could get that if she goes potty, her response was, “Well, I just DID!” Duh, mom…
To make it fun for her, I designed and printed a simple Potty Time sticker chart, then added some washi tape and stickers to give it some decorative flair. She enjoyed choosing which sticker she wanted to put on it after going potty. (Although, I think she was much more interested in the enormous bacon eraser I picked up as a prize).
For anyone who is starting to potty train a child, here is a free download of the chart I used to help my daughter see her progress. Good luck in your potty [poop] training journey with your toddler. It is indeed a journey!
Original post published October 2015
I am having the TOUGHEST time getting my daughter to poop on the potty. She’s got the pee thing down and wears underwear but has yet to poop in the potty with any consistency. She will go hide and poop in her playroom; she’ll be sitting and playing right next to me and poop; she’ll do it at the neighborhood park. We’ve thrown away so much underwear. We’ve tried rewards: M&Ms, sticker chart, prizes, praise, you name it. We’ve tried punishment for when she does it and outwardly lies: taking away a toy or something fun. I’ve tried not caring … just clean her up and let her be on her way. I’ve even showed her what her underwear looks like afterwards.
I’m so beyond frustrated. When I clean her up, she says “I won’t do it again, Mommy … I love you mommy. It was an accident, mommy.” Breaks my heart but she’s so smart and she knows better.
HELP!!!! Any advice would be great. Anything at all. I feel like we’ve tried it all and nothing works. People say “it will just click one day.” We’ve been trying for more than 7 months. In the meantime, I’m taking out stock on toddler underwear.
Have you read about encopresis? It’s a real disorder that sounds similar to what you may be dealing with. My daughter does this!
Love this, but needed it 8 months ago…the charts I drew were so ridiculously ugly! 😉
This is absolutely PERFECT for my daughter! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
How old was she? When did you stop giving prizes? Or are you still until the end of time? Haha
For #2 I began to notice my son had a fairly regular time of day he would go say 10 am ish. So I started putting him on the potty about 10-15 mins before and trying everything from sitting in the bathroom reading to letting him watch a show. And I basically just waited for it to happen. And we had a big celebration when it did. 🥳. Twice the reward too (two stickers or big marshmallows instead of a mini). And he caught on fairly quickly.