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Last night my cousin was telling me about a problem she's having with potty training her 3-year-old son: He has quickly learned to use the potty when he has to pee; but when it comes to poop, he refuses to go in the potty.
Have you experienced this with your toddler?
When I asked him why he doesn't go #2 in the potty, he told me simply, "I can't. It's too big." (Translation: The hole in the training potty seat is too big, and he's scared.)
Whether it's due to fear, embarrassment, stubbornness or something else, refusing to poop in the potty is a common problem with many potty training toddlers (although I'm guessing the specific reasoning behind it will probably vary by child).
Here are some things you can do to help your child learn to poop in the potty:
Remember to always praise and/or reward your toddler if they make any improvements (no matter how small) in any of these areas.
How did you teach your toddler to poop in the potty?
Do it yourself
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