Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Potty Training Update

Three months ago (exactly!), I wrote about my struggle to potty train Thomas.  While things aren't perfect, they have improved!  He does great telling me when he has to pee-pee and very rarely has an accident (even at night).  His favorite place to potty is on the grass!  This is actually very convenient when we are running errands.  More than once, I've stopped at a church or an empty parking lot and let him go to the potty.  You don't have to worry about finding a potty indoors when you have a little boy and you don't have to worry about aim when he is outside!  :-) 

Unfortunately, our struggle isn't over with the other part of potty training.  He would still rather go in his pants than in the potty!  Is this frustrating?!  Absolutely!!  He has been wearing underwear since my last post and we talk everyday about how he needs to go in the potty and not in his pants, but he still won't do it.  And yes, he is very aware of when he has to go.  He never does it in public or in front of us.  Normally, he goes into his room and comes back out a few minutes later to tell me what he did. 

I really don't think he is scared to go in the potty, because he has went a couple of times.  He did it last week because I found him right before he went in his pants.  While he didn't want to go in the potty, he did with no problem.  I often wonder if this has become an issue of disobedience or if he just isn't ready yet.  The big three-year-old birthday comes next month and I really would like him to be completely potty trained! 

Any advise from my blog readers? 


Anonymous said...

Not sure what all you've tried, but I've heard about children having fears of the poo falling in the toilet. Is Thomas on the toilet or potty--he might prefer the toilet and a stole. Also--I had a good friend say she had her child poop in his underpants WHILE on the toilet, just to get him okay with pooping "on the toilet." (I know, still messy for you to clean, but suppose to help his comfort). Then start asking him to take his pants off and still leave underpants on possibly...This way he is still comfortable in his underwear, but learning to sit on the potty.

Anonymous said...

I don't have children yet, but several of my friends do and one said her son wouldn't poop on the potty but preferred his pants as well. She said this all changed when he had a bought with diarrhea one night. She said she thinks, looking back, it was a control issue and once that control was taken away from him due to the diarrhea, be was willing to use the potty to be in control again. Maybe a small dose of a laxative would do the trick?