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Potty training a 2.5 year old = :kilme: (1 Viewer)

Our 2yo daughter has regressed slightly, but I think it has more to do with mom having her sleep in her pull-ups at nap-time (and putting her in pull-ups before nap-time). Daughter has gotten lazy with it and let's it go sometimes, even when she's still awake.

 
We were lucky with our son. Took a week for him. My daughter is approaching 2. Remains to be seen how that will go but she's already asking to sit on the potty.

 
My boy is 2 yrs 8 mos old and we're going through this, too. He just doesn't give a ####. Sometimes I can tell he's about to #### his pants, so I encourage him to go sit on the potty, and he's like, "Nah, I want to play with my Thomas trains." Then two minutes later he'll look me straight in the eyes and #### his diaper. We've decided we're not forcing the issue yet, so... :shrug:
This sounds exactly like our son, who is that age and that is an exact quote from him. Damn Thomas.

 
If he/she is wearing a diaper, you are screwed. Gotta get them in undies so they understand. :shrug:
We took everything off my son and let him walk around the house naked. He hates being dirty and threw a fit for a few days but finally gave in and went to the toilet. Only had a couple accidents on the floor. Never used pull ups except at night for a while. Our neighbor's son is a couple months older and still ####s his pain. It doesn't bother him.
 
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FWIW, we switched him to underwear ~full-time a few weeks ago and he hated having the poop in there. We also moved all changing/cleaning activities into his bathroom. It sure seems like him having the unpleasant experience of walking to the bathroom with a load down there played a part in our victory.

 
If he/she is wearing a diaper, you are screwed. Gotta get them in undies so they understand. :shrug:
Any advice for bathing them when they crap in their undies?
garden hose
How do you fit you, the baby, and the garden hose in the shower altogether?
It's a challenge, but we make it work

But more seriously, from what I have read, pullups and diapers reinforce bad behavior when trying to potty train. It might suck for a few weeks, but getting them in underwear full time (besides bed time) is a clearer way to get them trained. But like everything with kids, there is no 100% right way to do it, so you gotta sort out what your kid needs.

 
my 4-year old son crapped himself while playing a game in his Kindle the other day. he got so absorbed in what he was watching/playing that he misjudged the time he had before he would poop. he and i had a chat about it afterwards. i explained the "pause" button is made for just this reason. it's the first accident he's had really since he made the switch, i think.

 
My oldest daughter (just shy of 3yo) is fully potty trained, aside from a few accidents at night. We used the Elmo potty dvd that came with an Elmo mini-potty. She used to watch that dvd constantly, and it really helped her get the hang of it. It also helps having a wife who has spent the past 10+ years working in day cares.

One thing that might help is getting a small potty and putting it next to their bed. That way, they can go as soon as they get up, it can get emptied, and if they wake up at night, they can use it then as well.

 
my 4-year old son crapped himself while playing a game in his Kindle the other day. he got so absorbed in what he was watching/playing that he misjudged the time he had before he would poop. he and i had a chat about it afterwards. i explained the "pause" button is made for just this reason. it's the first accident he's had really since he made the switch, i think.
hell- I still crap myself if I've got a good game going.

 
I used a big sheet construction paper and lots of stickers. Put the board on the back of the bathroom door. Every time she went she got to pick a sticker and put it on the board. After so many stickers she got to pick out a small toy.

 
saintfool said:
my 4-year old son crapped himself while playing a game in his Kindle the other day. he got so absorbed in what he was watching/playing that he misjudged the time he had before he would poop. he and i had a chat about it afterwards. i explained the "pause" button is made for just this reason. it's the first accident he's had really since he made the switch, i think.
gotta teach him that he can still play when ON the can... that's the money play

 
Advice to the New parents out there. Start young, very young like 12 months old.Europeans train their kids at that age. First child was three before she was trained. Second was done at 18 months, excpet for morning changes and some per accidents. So nice to not have to change lots of 2+ year old diapers.

 
Advice to the New parents out there. Start young, very young like 12 months old.Europeans train their kids at that age. First child was three before she was trained. Second was done at 18 months, excpet for morning changes and some per accidents. So nice to not have to change lots of 2+ year old diapers.
agreed! As soon as they can sit up, it doesn't hurt to teach the to sit on a toilet. It won't take long until you can tell when they have to go.

 
Advice to the New parents out there. Start young, very young like 12 months old.Europeans train their kids at that age. First child was three before she was trained. Second was done at 18 months, excpet for morning changes and some per accidents. So nice to not have to change lots of 2+ year old diapers.
agreed! As soon as they can sit up, it doesn't hurt to teach the to sit on a toilet. It won't take long until you can tell when they have to go.
Our good friends used that crazy Danish or prunish, whatever, method where they watch the kid and put them on the can as soon as they start recognizing the signs that they're about to piss or poo. I'm talking almost from birth. Their kids definitely learned to use the potty earlier than anybody else's kids I know, but the mom had to watch them like a hawk... all the ####### time. I'll take the diapers over watching my kid 24/7 and just waiting for them to make their piss face thanks.

 
Advice to the New parents out there. Start young, very young like 12 months old.Europeans train their kids at that age. First child was three before she was trained. Second was done at 18 months, excpet for morning changes and some per accidents. So nice to not have to change lots of 2+ year old diapers.
agreed! As soon as they can sit up, it doesn't hurt to teach the to sit on a toilet. It won't take long until you can tell when they have to go.
Our good friends used that crazy Danish or prunish, whatever, method where they watch the kid and put them on the can as soon as they start recognizing the signs that they're about to piss or poo. I'm talking almost from birth. Their kids definitely learned to use the potty earlier than anybody else's kids I know, but the mom had to watch them like a hawk... all the ####### time. I'll take the diapers over watching my kid 24/7 and just waiting for them to make their piss face thanks.
It works with diapers too. We aren't strict like you describe. That doesn't sound appealing at all.

 
Advice to the New parents out there. Start young, very young like 12 months old.Europeans train their kids at that age. First child was three before she was trained. Second was done at 18 months, excpet for morning changes and some per accidents. So nice to not have to change lots of 2+ year old diapers.
agreed! As soon as they can sit up, it doesn't hurt to teach the to sit on a toilet. It won't take long until you can tell when they have to go.
Our good friends used that crazy Danish or prunish, whatever, method where they watch the kid and put them on the can as soon as they start recognizing the signs that they're about to piss or poo. I'm talking almost from birth. Their kids definitely learned to use the potty earlier than anybody else's kids I know, but the mom had to watch them like a hawk... all the ####### time. I'll take the diapers over watching my kid 24/7 and just waiting for them to make their piss face thanks.
It's horrible having to pay attention to your kid. I like buying diapers and pull ups and getting first hand smell and sight of my kid's crap. WTF?!?
 
Advice to the New parents out there. Start young, very young like 12 months old.Europeans train their kids at that age. First child was three before she was trained. Second was done at 18 months, excpet for morning changes and some per accidents. So nice to not have to change lots of 2+ year old diapers.
agreed! As soon as they can sit up, it doesn't hurt to teach the to sit on a toilet. It won't take long until you can tell when they have to go.
Our good friends used that crazy Danish or prunish, whatever, method where they watch the kid and put them on the can as soon as they start recognizing the signs that they're about to piss or poo. I'm talking almost from birth. Their kids definitely learned to use the potty earlier than anybody else's kids I know, but the mom had to watch them like a hawk... all the ####### time. I'll take the diapers over watching my kid 24/7 and just waiting for them to make their piss face thanks.
It's horrible having to pay attention to your kid. I like buying diapers and pull ups and getting first hand smell and sight of my kid's crap. WTF?!?
It's not sure you're reading Floppo for content here, HDD. Of course most of us aren't ignoring our kids but there is a kind of hyper-vigilance that you're proposing.

I'm not sure everyone has access to professional childcare that allows/supports Danish or whatever method. Not everyone has a nanny or a stay-at-home spouse either. I would have liked my son to be trained before his first birthday but it didn't happen.

 
My guy is about 50/50. We are trying rewarding with mm's , but he always just wants to go sit there to try and get mm's but not do anything.

 
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My guy is about 50/50. We are trying rewarding with mm's , but he always just wants to go sit there to try and get mm's but not do anything.
my son loves me to read to him as a rule. we do stories in the morning together, at bath time every night, bedtime and very often when he's taking a dump.

 
Advice to the New parents out there. Start young, very young like 12 months old.Europeans train their kids at that age. First child was three before she was trained. Second was done at 18 months, excpet for morning changes and some per accidents. So nice to not have to change lots of 2+ year old diapers.
agreed! As soon as they can sit up, it doesn't hurt to teach the to sit on a toilet. It won't take long until you can tell when they have to go.
Our good friends used that crazy Danish or prunish, whatever, method where they watch the kid and put them on the can as soon as they start recognizing the signs that they're about to piss or poo. I'm talking almost from birth. Their kids definitely learned to use the potty earlier than anybody else's kids I know, but the mom had to watch them like a hawk... all the ####### time. I'll take the diapers over watching my kid 24/7 and just waiting for them to make their piss face thanks.
It's horrible having to pay attention to your kid. I like buying diapers and pull ups and getting first hand smell and sight of my kid's crap. WTF?!?
It's not sure you're reading Floppo for content here, HDD. Of course most of us aren't ignoring our kids but there is a kind of hyper-vigilance that you're proposing.

I'm not sure everyone has access to professional childcare that allows/supports Danish or whatever method. Not everyone has a nanny or a stay-at-home spouse either. I would have liked my son to be trained before his first birthday but it didn't happen.
uh... yeah. except I like to ignore my kids.

because that is pretty much the only option to sitting and staring at them ALL DAY LONG waiting for them to piss. I think our friends are great- I really do... great, involved parents, and I appreciate that the mom has literally nothing else to do but sit and stare at her kids. We do our best to be completely engaged with our kids when we're with them- but that can't be all the time- and gradually figured out the piss/#### signs and learned to incorporate them into potty-training when they started walking rather than from birth. And again, for us, we took the approach of providing materials (books, videos, kid-potty) when they started showing interest (somewhere before their 2nd bday) but not forcing any of it on them. Each came to it in their own way on their own time, which worked for us.

 
Advice to the New parents out there. Start young, very young like 12 months old.Europeans train their kids at that age. First child was three before she was trained. Second was done at 18 months, excpet for morning changes and some per accidents. So nice to not have to change lots of 2+ year old diapers.
agreed! As soon as they can sit up, it doesn't hurt to teach the to sit on a toilet. It won't take long until you can tell when they have to go.
Our good friends used that crazy Danish or prunish, whatever, method where they watch the kid and put them on the can as soon as they start recognizing the signs that they're about to piss or poo. I'm talking almost from birth. Their kids definitely learned to use the potty earlier than anybody else's kids I know, but the mom had to watch them like a hawk... all the ####### time. I'll take the diapers over watching my kid 24/7 and just waiting for them to make their piss face thanks.
It's horrible having to pay attention to your kid. I like buying diapers and pull ups and getting first hand smell and sight of my kid's crap. WTF?!?
It's not sure you're reading Floppo for content here, HDD. Of course most of us aren't ignoring our kids but there is a kind of hyper-vigilance that you're proposing.I'm not sure everyone has access to professional childcare that allows/supports Danish or whatever method. Not everyone has a nanny or a stay-at-home spouse either. I would have liked my son to be trained before his first birthday but it didn't happen.
uh... yeah. except I like to ignore my kids.

because that is pretty much the only option to sitting and staring at them ALL DAY LONG waiting for them to piss. I think our friends are great- I really do... great, involved parents, and I appreciate that the mom has literally nothing else to do but sit and stare at her kids. We do our best to be completely engaged with our kids when we're with them- but that can't be all the time- and gradually figured out the piss/#### signs and learned to incorporate them into potty-training when they started walking rather than from birth. And again, for us, we took the approach of providing materials (books, videos, kid-potty) when they started showing interest (somewhere before their 2nd bday) but not forcing any of it on them. Each came to it in their own way on their own time, which worked for us.
I don't think either of you are reading correctly. Who said "watch from birth"? "All day long"? Good God. Most young kids turn red when they start to poop. Put them on then. They get the connection and pee in the tiolet a little later. I would think any day care provider would be happy to put a kid on the toilet rather than change diapers? Not rocket science.
 
Advice to the New parents out there. Start young, very young like 12 months old.Europeans train their kids at that age. First child was three before she was trained. Second was done at 18 months, excpet for morning changes and some per accidents. So nice to not have to change lots of 2+ year old diapers.
agreed! As soon as they can sit up, it doesn't hurt to teach the to sit on a toilet. It won't take long until you can tell when they have to go.
Our good friends used that crazy Danish or prunish, whatever, method where they watch the kid and put them on the can as soon as they start recognizing the signs that they're about to piss or poo. I'm talking almost from birth. Their kids definitely learned to use the potty earlier than anybody else's kids I know, but the mom had to watch them like a hawk... all the ####### time. I'll take the diapers over watching my kid 24/7 and just waiting for them to make their piss face thanks.
It's horrible having to pay attention to your kid. I like buying diapers and pull ups and getting first hand smell and sight of my kid's crap. WTF?!?
It's not sure you're reading Floppo for content here, HDD. Of course most of us aren't ignoring our kids but there is a kind of hyper-vigilance that you're proposing.I'm not sure everyone has access to professional childcare that allows/supports Danish or whatever method. Not everyone has a nanny or a stay-at-home spouse either. I would have liked my son to be trained before his first birthday but it didn't happen.
uh... yeah. except I like to ignore my kids.

because that is pretty much the only option to sitting and staring at them ALL DAY LONG waiting for them to piss. I think our friends are great- I really do... great, involved parents, and I appreciate that the mom has literally nothing else to do but sit and stare at her kids. We do our best to be completely engaged with our kids when we're with them- but that can't be all the time- and gradually figured out the piss/#### signs and learned to incorporate them into potty-training when they started walking rather than from birth. And again, for us, we took the approach of providing materials (books, videos, kid-potty) when they started showing interest (somewhere before their 2nd bday) but not forcing any of it on them. Each came to it in their own way on their own time, which worked for us.
I don't think either of you are reading correctly. Who said "watch from birth"? "All day long"? Good God. Most young kids turn red when they start to poop. Put them on then. They get the connection and pee in the tiolet a little later. I would think any day care provider would be happy to put a kid on the toilet rather than change diapers? Not rocket science.
Sorry... reading what correctly?

I posted that my friend used a method practically from birth and that she watched her kids all the time looking for signs of pee and poop. I also posted that we learned to recognize our kids' signs too. Perhaps you're not reading correctly? My kids' head practically spin around when the poops coming... but pee? Do your kids turn red when they pee? Mine don't. My friend knew early on when her kids were about to pee- good for her, but it took way more dedicated focus to that particular cause than anything I was capable of... and certainly far more than any day care provider I've ever seen. Which isn't a discredit to either method. Am I writing the same thing over again? This seemed pretty clear when I first though it out loud in my head. Oh wait... you think I'm being critical of your OP and feel the need to defend it or criticize mine? Quid pro quo and whatnot? What if you told... what seems like again... that I'm talking about my friends and not you... would you feel better?

 
You know when your kid gets up I'm the morning that might be a good time to put them on the toilet. After nap, when they walk a little funny. It's not rocket science and it doesn't take nearly the effort you make it seem because "your friend" does it a certain way.

 
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You know when your kid gets up I'm the morning that might be a good time to put them on the toilet. After nap, when they walk a little funny. It's not rocket science and it doesn't take nearly the effort you make it seem because "your friend" does it a certain way.
This. My point made less dramatically, thank you.
 
You know when your kid gets up I'm the morning that might be a good time to put them on the toilet. After nap, when they walk a little funny. It's not rocket science and it doesn't take nearly the effort you make it seem because "your friend" does it a certain way.
ok?

I think we're saying the same thing.

I was just passing along a story about some friends who use a draconian Danish/something method to potty train their kids from birth.. which requires way more attention and time than most parents have to give. Didn't say it was rocket surgery- just time/attention prohibitive doing it their way.. Their way... not yours or mine or anybody else's (except maybe those who read the same book or use the same method). Perhaps I should have prefaced my original post with that... would've saved all of this back and forth stating what is obvious to both of us.

 
Just started trying to potty train our 2 y/o daughter a couple weeks ago. She has her moments, but it's a bit of a challenge for sure.

 
You know when your kid gets up I'm the morning that might be a good time to put them on the toilet. After nap, when they walk a little funny. It's not rocket science and it doesn't take nearly the effort you make it seem because "your friend" does it a certain way.
ok?

I think we're saying the same thing.

I was just passing along a story about some friends who use a draconian Danish/something method to potty train their kids from birth.. which requires way more attention and time than most parents have to give. Didn't say it was rocket surgery- just time/attention prohibitive doing it their way.. Their way... not yours or mine or anybody else's (except maybe those who read the same book or use the same method). Perhaps I should have prefaced my original post with that... would've saved all of this back and forth stating what is obvious to both of us.
I figured.. You should understand that any time we bring up attachment parenting and elimination communication some detractor always seems to have a friend with some super strict method that they project on us. It isn't always intentional, but still insulting none the less.

 
You know when your kid gets up I'm the morning that might be a good time to put them on the toilet. After nap, when they walk a little funny. It's not rocket science and it doesn't take nearly the effort you make it seem because "your friend" does it a certain way.
ok?

I think we're saying the same thing.

I was just passing along a story about some friends who use a draconian Danish/something method to potty train their kids from birth.. which requires way more attention and time than most parents have to give. Didn't say it was rocket surgery- just time/attention prohibitive doing it their way.. Their way... not yours or mine or anybody else's (except maybe those who read the same book or use the same method). Perhaps I should have prefaced my original post with that... would've saved all of this back and forth stating what is obvious to both of us.
I figured.. You should understand that any time we bring up attachment parenting and elimination communication some detractor always seems to have a friend with some super strict method that they project on us. It isn't always intentional, but still insulting none the less.
I gave up caring what anybody else had to say because- yeah, everybody's got something to say... and too many of them are crazy-glued to thinking that whatever method they used is the ONLY one that works (best). Too many methods... and bottom line, if the kid doesn't die- they all work. It's more about how we want to be as parents than it is about the kids, IMO- and this has gone for all of the developmental hot-button topics like sleep/potty/etc training.

 
my 4 year old son is having some issues along these lines of late. he's been really good over the last 5+ months of hitting the bathroom before going to bed and waking up dry. however, over the past few weeks (2-3 maybe) he's had a few "accidents". i made a point in that time to not just ask him if he needs to go before bedtime but actually taking him in there. even if it's to pass a few drops, he needs to go in there.

the real problem is my kid takes man-sized dumps. he's often constipated and it hurts to poop. for example, i was up with him for an hour (1-2am) while he tried to poop between crying jags. he isn't withholding or anti-potty but it's been a problem the past several weeks. i'm changing his diet - less dairy, lay off the bananas - to more something more poop friendly. pears, prune juice, more grains, more water, etc . i'm reluctant to go with laxatives because it's not supposed to be anything more than a very short term fix.

anyone else have this with their kid(s)?

 
my 4 year old son is having some issues along these lines of late. he's been really good over the last 5+ months of hitting the bathroom before going to bed and waking up dry. however, over the past few weeks (2-3 maybe) he's had a few "accidents". i made a point in that time to not just ask him if he needs to go before bedtime but actually taking him in there. even if it's to pass a few drops, he needs to go in there.

the real problem is my kid takes man-sized dumps. he's often constipated and it hurts to poop. for example, i was up with him for an hour (1-2am) while he tried to poop between crying jags. he isn't withholding or anti-potty but it's been a problem the past several weeks. i'm changing his diet - less dairy, lay off the bananas - to more something more poop friendly. pears, prune juice, more grains, more water, etc . i'm reluctant to go with laxatives because it's not supposed to be anything more than a very short term fix.

anyone else have this with their kid(s)?
you should ask his doctor

 
my 4 year old son is having some issues along these lines of late. he's been really good over the last 5+ months of hitting the bathroom before going to bed and waking up dry. however, over the past few weeks (2-3 maybe) he's had a few "accidents". i made a point in that time to not just ask him if he needs to go before bedtime but actually taking him in there. even if it's to pass a few drops, he needs to go in there.

the real problem is my kid takes man-sized dumps. he's often constipated and it hurts to poop. for example, i was up with him for an hour (1-2am) while he tried to poop between crying jags. he isn't withholding or anti-potty but it's been a problem the past several weeks. i'm changing his diet - less dairy, lay off the bananas - to more something more poop friendly. pears, prune juice, more grains, more water, etc . i'm reluctant to go with laxatives because it's not supposed to be anything more than a very short term fix.

anyone else have this with their kid(s)?
Our 2.5 yr old had a problem pooping (he held it in and started crying/shaking when he had to poop). We consulted our doctor and currently have him on a Miralax regimen that helps soften his dumps -- it has been really good so far; would like to ween him off of it at some point when we begin potty training.

 
my 4 year old son is having some issues along these lines of late. he's been really good over the last 5+ months of hitting the bathroom before going to bed and waking up dry. however, over the past few weeks (2-3 maybe) he's had a few "accidents". i made a point in that time to not just ask him if he needs to go before bedtime but actually taking him in there. even if it's to pass a few drops, he needs to go in there.

the real problem is my kid takes man-sized dumps. he's often constipated and it hurts to poop. for example, i was up with him for an hour (1-2am) while he tried to poop between crying jags. he isn't withholding or anti-potty but it's been a problem the past several weeks. i'm changing his diet - less dairy, lay off the bananas - to more something more poop friendly. pears, prune juice, more grains, more water, etc . i'm reluctant to go with laxatives because it's not supposed to be anything more than a very short term fix.

anyone else have this with their kid(s)?
Yes. Mongo poops for both the 6yo son and 2yo daughter. Caused a real constipation problem with our son (combined with the fire we had 4 years ago which happened a week after we started poop training him), to the point where he went a long stretch pooping at night in his pull-up because that's when his body was relaxed enough to go. That's a fun wake-up in the middle of the night.

I have no answers for this. But I can already see it's going to be a problem for the little one, who cries most times when she poops because they're giant. The wife does her best to give both of them a balanced diet with enough fiber.

 
The Hank said:
saintfool said:
my 4 year old son is having some issues along these lines of late. he's been really good over the last 5+ months of hitting the bathroom before going to bed and waking up dry. however, over the past few weeks (2-3 maybe) he's had a few "accidents". i made a point in that time to not just ask him if he needs to go before bedtime but actually taking him in there. even if it's to pass a few drops, he needs to go in there.

the real problem is my kid takes man-sized dumps. he's often constipated and it hurts to poop. for example, i was up with him for an hour (1-2am) while he tried to poop between crying jags. he isn't withholding or anti-potty but it's been a problem the past several weeks. i'm changing his diet - less dairy, lay off the bananas - to more something more poop friendly. pears, prune juice, more grains, more water, etc . i'm reluctant to go with laxatives because it's not supposed to be anything more than a very short term fix.

anyone else have this with their kid(s)?
Our 2.5 yr old had a problem pooping (he held it in and started crying/shaking when he had to poop). We consulted our doctor and currently have him on a Miralax regimen that helps soften his dumps -- it has been really good so far; would like to ween him off of it at some point when we begin potty training.
So here's the thing with Miralax: while some doctor's approve and recommend it, the FDA hasn't for pediatric use. the Miralax folks don't recommend doses for those under 17 in fact. and, to make matters worse, there doesn't seem to be any real medical studies on using laxatives with preschoolers and younger.

 
El Floppo said:
saintfool said:
my 4 year old son is having some issues along these lines of late. he's been really good over the last 5+ months of hitting the bathroom before going to bed and waking up dry. however, over the past few weeks (2-3 maybe) he's had a few "accidents". i made a point in that time to not just ask him if he needs to go before bedtime but actually taking him in there. even if it's to pass a few drops, he needs to go in there.

the real problem is my kid takes man-sized dumps. he's often constipated and it hurts to poop. for example, i was up with him for an hour (1-2am) while he tried to poop between crying jags. he isn't withholding or anti-potty but it's been a problem the past several weeks. i'm changing his diet - less dairy, lay off the bananas - to more something more poop friendly. pears, prune juice, more grains, more water, etc . i'm reluctant to go with laxatives because it's not supposed to be anything more than a very short term fix.

anyone else have this with their kid(s)?
Yes. Mongo poops for both the 6yo son and 2yo daughter. Caused a real constipation problem with our son (combined with the fire we had 4 years ago which happened a week after we started poop training him), to the point where he went a long stretch pooping at night in his pull-up because that's when his body was relaxed enough to go. That's a fun wake-up in the middle of the night.

I have no answers for this. But I can already see it's going to be a problem for the little one, who cries most times when she poops because they're giant. The wife does her best to give both of them a balanced diet with enough fiber.
looking at my son's loads, at first i felt like giving him a standing ovation because they were so big. now i just pity him a little.

we're going to try the change in diet. maybe something like activa to encourage good health down there?

 
The Hank said:
saintfool said:
my 4 year old son is having some issues along these lines of late. he's been really good over the last 5+ months of hitting the bathroom before going to bed and waking up dry. however, over the past few weeks (2-3 maybe) he's had a few "accidents". i made a point in that time to not just ask him if he needs to go before bedtime but actually taking him in there. even if it's to pass a few drops, he needs to go in there.

the real problem is my kid takes man-sized dumps. he's often constipated and it hurts to poop. for example, i was up with him for an hour (1-2am) while he tried to poop between crying jags. he isn't withholding or anti-potty but it's been a problem the past several weeks. i'm changing his diet - less dairy, lay off the bananas - to more something more poop friendly. pears, prune juice, more grains, more water, etc . i'm reluctant to go with laxatives because it's not supposed to be anything more than a very short term fix.

anyone else have this with their kid(s)?
Our 2.5 yr old had a problem pooping (he held it in and started crying/shaking when he had to poop). We consulted our doctor and currently have him on a Miralax regimen that helps soften his dumps -- it has been really good so far; would like to ween him off of it at some point when we begin potty training.
So here's the thing with Miralax: while some doctor's approve and recommend it, the FDA hasn't for pediatric use. the Miralax folks don't recommend doses for those under 17 in fact. and, to make matters worse, there doesn't seem to be any real medical studies on using laxatives with preschoolers and younger.
Tou che, just sounded like we were in similar situations.

We were and have been doing this under our pediatrician's supervision

 
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saintfool said:
my 4 year old son is having some issues along these lines of late. he's been really good over the last 5+ months of hitting the bathroom before going to bed and waking up dry. however, over the past few weeks (2-3 maybe) he's had a few "accidents". i made a point in that time to not just ask him if he needs to go before bedtime but actually taking him in there. even if it's to pass a few drops, he needs to go in there.

the real problem is my kid takes man-sized dumps. he's often constipated and it hurts to poop. for example, i was up with him for an hour (1-2am) while he tried to poop between crying jags. he isn't withholding or anti-potty but it's been a problem the past several weeks. i'm changing his diet - less dairy, lay off the bananas - to more something more poop friendly. pears, prune juice, more grains, more water, etc . i'm reluctant to go with laxatives because it's not supposed to be anything more than a very short term fix.

anyone else have this with their kid(s)?
Our 2.5 yr old had a problem pooping (he held it in and started crying/shaking when he had to poop). We consulted our doctor and currently have him on a Miralax regimen that helps soften his dumps -- it has been really good so far; would like to ween him off of it at some point when we begin potty training.
So here's the thing with Miralax: while some doctor's approve and recommend it, the FDA hasn't for pediatric use. the Miralax folks don't recommend doses for those under 17 in fact. and, to make matters worse, there doesn't seem to be any real medical studies on using laxatives with preschoolers and younger.
Tou che, just sounded like we were in similar situations.

We were and have been doing this under our pediatrician's supervision
it sounds like you are doing it in a pretty well thought out manner. i mean, you're not doing anything different than what i have read elsewhere - Toddler 411, for example, suggests it among other things and it's been my bible for a couple of years now - but i'm just checking to see what others have done here.

 
Mine is 2y 8m and is apparently golden at school -- goes all day without an accident sometimes -- but won't tell us when he needs to go at home. Wife wants to put him in underwear to help speed things along. I want to get a full body hazmat suit. For me.
Ours is right around that age. We're at the end of day 1 of the 3-day boot camp method. It's supposed to work. Basically we're staying in the house for three days while we spend every waking moment of every single day asking her if she wants to go to the potty, or fighting with her about going to the potty, or cleaning pee off the wood floors.

srsly plzkillmethx
I've read about this....I didn't think people really did it. Should be interesting to see how this works out.

 
I get my 19mo to go on the training seat every once and a while. We kind of know his schedule, and the looks he makes. I put him on there and start making pushing sounds and then he mimics me and we get poop! He is by no means potty trained though.
Nice. My boy will 18 months soon... he's nowhere near ready. I forget when we trained my daughter, but she was eager, and it was real easy.

In expecting the worst with the boy.
UPDATE: we pretty much got the worst. Dude is not quite 3 and a half yet, and just after I thought we finally had it figured out it's been accident city the last few days.


Wife bought a bunch of hotwheels and kept them in the bathroom for my almost 3 yo boy. For the first few days he got to pick one whenever he used the toilet. Then over the next days he got to pick one after a day with no accidents. Took less than a week for him to potty train. Provide some motivation for your kid so that they WANT to use the toilet.
Note to self: buy Hot Wheels
Damnit, I forgot to buy Hot Wheels.

 

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