Recently we were faced with a dilemma. The poo problem. Potty training boys is definitely not for the faint hearted. I wrote about potty training a strong willed toddler way back; a lot has happened since then but at the same time not a lot. Oliver is now completely dry in the day – meaning he will do weeks in the toilet including rarely having accidents during naps where he will usually wake if he needs the toilet.
However. We experienced a poo problem!!
Oliver had pooped on the potty a handful of times and got himself really worked up about it all.
We tried EVERYTHING
- Nappy on sitting on the potty
- Nappy inside the potty
- Hugging and reassuring him while he sat on the potty
- Buying special ‘big boy wipes’
- Chocolate rewards
- Toy rewards
- High 5’s and loads of praise
- Poo songs
- Poo stories
- Poo YouTube Videos – thanks Dr Ranj in particular!
- Giving him space
- Hoping he will do it in his own time.
This went on for months. He has been consistently dry since around Christmas. His original reason for not wanting to do it was that he didn’t like sitting on the toilet, but he progressed from only doing stand up wees to doing sit down wees too (we got him a special travel loo seat so that he had a familiar seat everywhere we went)
Potty training boys is hard.
Apparently it’s very common when potty training boys for them to dislike doing poos on the potty or toilet. Apparently it’s a different sensation for them compared to girls where it’s similar.
I don’t want to jinx the progress, but I am so happy that Oliver has pooped on the toilet THREE DAYS IN A ROW!!
I honestly couldn’t be happier or prouder than I am right now. I also noticed that his nappy only had one or two wees in when I changed it this morning too, so perhaps he will be completely out of nappies some day soon. For now I’ll cherish the little bits of him still being my baby though.