May 06 09:36 2017

Parents with kids know how challenging it can be to potty train a toddler. Those who just came into parenthood will soon be looking for help on how to get the child to poop in the potty. This is a common dilemma faced by young first time parents. The fact that you are reading this probably means that you have found yourself in this position, or at least know someone with this nagging issue.

Fortunately, you can take a deep breath and relax. Your child is definitely not the first one and chances are, won’t be the last one. This is a rather common occurrence in children. As long as your child is not unwell or suffering from encopresis (when a toddler holds poop for too long), he or she can be taught how to use the potty. All you need is the proper approach and lots of patience. But isn’t that what parenting is all about?

Whether they poop or wet themselves, as a parent, you need to muster all the patience in the world because: parenting is not for the faint of heart. With that said; here are some recommended ways on how to get your toddler to poop in his/her potty:


  1. Start Early and Practice Regularly

As soon as your child is of age, you ought to start practicing how to go poopy in the potty. You need to make it a regular occurrence so as to drill it into them. To make it second to nature, just like breathing is.


  1. Make Poopy Time a Fun Activity

Children have got plenty of energy and as such, they always tend to have better things to do than to go poopy. One of the sure ways of getting them to use their potty is to make it as fun as possible.

To accomplish this, you can come up with fun songs. The crazier the song is the better. To increase the success rate of this endeavor, you may throw in a couple of rewards each time your toddler successfully accomplishes the mission. Works like a charm.


  1. Privacy

Just like with most adults, some children find it challenging to do the needful in full view of others. This approach recommends providing a secluded corner or room in the house, where they feel most comfortable in and place their potty there.

  1. Let Them Learn from Others

With this method, your child gets to see another child in action and as you very well know kids like to copy. So when they see another child popping in a potty they will learn from them and agree to try it out.

It works even better if you know a relative or a neighbor that your kid plays with. This is because there exists a bond already. They are not strangers to each other. Provided the parents of the other kid are okay with this, you can have your child see how the other child does it and hopefully picks up from there.


  1. Eliminating Constipation

This is one of the leading causes for kids failing to use their potty. This is because they find it too hard and at times painful. So ensure that they eat plenty of fiber rich diets, vitamins and drink plenty of clean water.


  1. Letting Nature Take Its Course

When everything else has failed, and you are about to give up. It might be a good idea to do so. Let nature take its course. As long as your kid is not 4 to 10 years of age, all you can do is wait and see what happens. Maybe they are not just ready.

At times your child may just be suffering from anxiety or is too distracted to focus, hence, they don’t feel comfortable enough to go. Words of re-enforcement and encouragement will go a long way toward easing up of things.


No matter the case. With lots of love, patience and understanding, your kid will be able to use the potty in good time. The best approach is to take a keen look and learn your child’s pattern. Praise them each time they listen to their bodies- which is the healthiest approach. Do not be too hard or force them. When you force a kid they can end up resenting pooping and hold it inside which will create other health problems like constipation and occlusions.


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