It’s been over a month now whereby my 3 yr old daughter has totally mastered doing a wee, but when it comes to doing a poo she refuses to either tell me or to even go and sit on the potty!


Posted by inny, 15th February 2017


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  • This is a tough one. Putting pressure on her can make this go backward rather than forward. Keep praising the wees and make her feel comfortable about asking for a nappy, she may have a genuine fear which is quite common. Letting her poo in her nappy then flushing the poo down the toilet will show her that’s where is belongs. Watching siblings is a good idea and weirdly enough I’ve heard of using their favourite toy to pretend to do it works too!



  • We put our 3 yr old on the toilet and read him a book. We sort of knew when he needed to go so sat him on the toilet. Make it fun, dance around and sing too. You may feel silly but it works. We did all this last month



  • As has already been said, it isn’t uncommon for them to be worried about pooing in the toilet. My almost 3yo is doing something similar. He will ask to have a nappy put on and gets really upset if he doesn’t have the nappy on when he needs to #2. We are being careful to not add pressure, have been encouraging him to watch his brother, sister and cousins go and have been reading lots of books about going to the toilet. It will happen when they are ready



  • Pretty much everything the MoMs member below has said. Definitely don’t make a big thing about it, that’s a big mistake



  • It could be she has a fear of letting her poo go in the potty. This is quite common. Just give her time, no pressure. What you can do at this time is after your child has done her poo in her nappy, put it in the potty and then flush it. You could also go to the toilet in front of your child (example) or if you have older children let them go to the toilet in front of your child. For the rest no pressure, expectations or negative comments towards her pooing in her nappy and praise her for weeing in the potty.


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