I have actually been fortunate enough to have an exceptional experience with potty training. I know this is very rare as I’ve heard the trials and tribulations of the dreaded task, but Colton was basically trained in one weekend.
Yes…… one weekend.
So it went like this: when he was almost two and a half we casually had been trying on and off taking him to the bathroom with no expectations of him catching on so soon. We sent him to visit Grandma for the weekend and he came back fully potty trained! Yes, that’s all it took! He still wears a diaper to bed and I can count on one hand how many times he’s had “accidents” but lately we are having a different problem…
He won’t go!
He walks around holding himself complaining, so I thought he might have something like a urinary tract infection (I know, uncommon in boys). I took him to the doctor – no infection. So I have finally come to the conclusion that he is afraid. A few weeks ago when he was sitting on the potty he happened to fall in.
I’ve done that a few times in my life. You sleepily walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night, go to sit down and…. what the?! Your butt suddenly hits something cool. It shocks you for a second as you try to comprehend what happened… because it’s in the middle of the night and you’re still groggy. You then remind yourself to scold all the men of the house the next morning and the next few times you go to the bathroom you make sure that darn seat is down. Now I imagine this might be a little more traumatic for a toddler- they may even think they could be flushed down the toilet, who knows.
All I do know is that Colton holds his poop in until the very last second he can. I’ve tried everything… giving him more fruit, a child’s laxative, sitting him on the potty until he goes, using a potty chair, moving the potty chair to different places in the house so he will be more comfortable, bribing with treats and whatever else I can think of.
Have you had this problem with your children? What’s the solution?!
My father said to Colton, “When you grow up you’ll realize that pooping is one of the many joys in life”.