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12 Tips & Tricks To Get Toddler to Poop on Potty

Weaning your toddler from diapers to using the potty is one of your first great achievements together. Some toddlers can be potty trained between 18 and 24 months old while others are three years old before they are trained. The important thing is to remember that there’s no rush and each child is different.

Whether you find potty training easy or difficult, these 12 tips and tricks to get toddler to poop on potty will surely make the journey more pleasant.

What Is Potty Training?

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One of the main expenses of having a child is diapers. Did you know that from birth up until your child is potty trained, you would have bought and spent 8,000 diapers? This is why, as parents, you and your bank account celebrate when your child is fully potty trained.

But what is it exactly? Potty training is teaching your child to use the toilet. This is a skill that your child needs to learn at their own pace. During the process, your child will slowly transition from pooping in diapers to using a potty — eventually graduating to the toilet in the bathroom.

12 Tricks To Get Toddler to Poop on Potty


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The idea of embarking on your child’s potty-training journey can be overwhelming, but this is your child’s opportunity to grow and become more independent. Ahead are some tricks to get your toddler to poop on potty.

#1. Timing is everything.

Set your child up for success by getting your little one ready for potty training. There is no fixed timeline on when to start potty training because doing it too early will set your child up for failure and unnecessary pressure. Look for indications that your kid is ready and use these cues to decide if it is time to introduce potty training:

• Your child has greater control over their bowel movements. They can stay dry for up to two hours.
• Your toddler shows recognizable signs (like facial expressions and behaviors) that indicate that he or she is ready to go potty.
• He or she has already developed the physical skills that are necessary for potty training like walking, pulling their pants down, and the ability to climb on the potty with minimal assistance.
• Your child can follow simple instructions.
• You’ve noticed your toddler copying you when you go to the toilet.
• Your toddler has shown a desire to learn to use the toilet. Your kid might ask to use the toilet, express the need to wear “big boy” underwear, or say that she wants to go “like mommy does.”

#2. Go potty shopping with your child.

Help your child look forward to potty training by involving them in the process, including shopping for the potty. Having a say on the potty they will use in the following weeks can build excitement for your child. At the same time, shopping together can be a valuable bonding experience.

#3. Give your child attention.

As potty training begins, take cues from your kid, especially during the first days they need to go. This may be difficult because most parents have other things to do, but giving your full attention to this process is critical. By giving your toddler attention, he or she will be more confident and feel supported during the training process.

#4. Teach your child the correct position.

Squatting is the right way to do it, and not simply sitting. It is also the easiest way to poop. Improvise your child’s potty area to make it easier for them to achieve a squatting position. This may include adding blocks or books that can be used to elevate their feet. You can eventually use a stepstool once you transition from the potty to the regular toilet.

#5. Use statements instead of questions to encourage your child to go potty.

Most parents ask their children if they need to potty or if they can sit on their potty. This entails a small and silent power struggle between the parent and child. Instead of asking, use a statement or give your child a choice. This will foster a healthier attitude for your child.

Try using statements like, “Come, it’s time to potty.” To present them with a choice, you can ask, “Would you like to go potty first, or should Mama go first?” You can also pose it as a challenge by saying, “Can you show Mama how good you are with your potty?”

#6. Use Play-Doh to demonstrate the process.

Pooping can seem intimidating for your child. You can always expect your child to sit on the potty, but when the urge to poop comes along, they may get scared and anxious. This is what makes potty training difficult, so show your child in the least yucky way what poop is through Play-Doh.

This is also an excellent time to inform your child that there are instances when poop is challenging to release. So again, use Play-Doh to show the consistency of poop and give words of advice on how to make the process easier.

#7. Normalize pooping.


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Make sure your child knows that everyone poops — dad, mom, their big brother or sister, friends, and even household pets. For starters, you can give a kid-friendly version of how their digestive system works, emphasizing that going potty is a way to keep their bodies healthy.

Additionally, you can also incorporate an open-door policy in your home so your child can see and experience that pooping and peeing are normal.

#8. Poop needs some privacy.

As a grown-up, are you comfortable when someone is watching? It’s the same with your child. So, make sure that everyone in your household knows that when anyone is pooping, they should be given privacy.

This often gets overlooked because parents have that need to make sure that the poop comes out, or you need to make sure that your child is ready and about to poop. Because of this, your child may feel like they’re being scrutinized and feel ashamed. Again, you can’t release poop if someone is staring at you, standing a few feet from you, or hovering over you.

#9. It’s impossible to poop on command.

You cannot dictate when you will poop. This is the same for everyone, including your child who is just learning how to potty. Also, you can’t release it if you are stressed, pressured, anxious, or in full-alert mode — the same goes for your child.

Your child needs to be relaxed when learning to potty. To get them to relax, try singing songs with them, reading a book, or doing silly things in the bathroom.

#10. Be consistent.

Once you start potty training, try to be consistent about it. This means not returning to diapers, even the pull-up kind. You have to create the mindset that a diaper is no longer an option, even if your child asks for it.

Even if it is more convenient for you as a parent, going back to diapers can become a habit and an excuse for your child not to succeed in potty training.

#11. Use rewards and positive reinforcement.

As frustrating as it can be, resist the temptation to get mad at your child. Never show your disappointment when your child is going through potty-training difficulties. Instead, assure them that they can try again next time. Remember that the unconscious pressure you are giving your child won’t help them poop anyway.

Making a deal with them and implementing a reward system, positive affirmations, and encouragement is a trick that usually works. You can remind them to keep their eye on the prize to encourage your child to keep trying.

#12. Learn to step back.

You might have thought that your child is ready, but based on the results of your first attempt to potty train, it seems like your little one is not. That’s OK. You need to step back and acknowledge that you need to start over again after a few weeks. There’s no shame or guilt if you must put your potty training on hold.

Remember, potty training cannot be achieved and perfected in a few days. Always be ready for regression and setbacks. This is a normal part of unlocking a new skill, so don’t be discouraged if this happens. After all, there is no specific timeline for potty training. Give it time and 100% of your patience.

A Few Parting Words

One of the critical decisions you have to make as your child grows is when the right time is to introduce potty training. Once you’ve decided that the time is right, keep them involved, give your child your attention, show your child how to squat, make the process feel normal, and be patient and encouraging. With these tips and tricks, your child will be on their way to using the toilet like a regular adult.

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