Stubborn Toddler Poops Part I: The Behavioral Side

Two issues that often cause a great deal of frustration when potty training toddlers are poop and preschool pressure. I received this question from a grandparent a while back that well captures both issues. Q) Hi: We have been trying to potty train our 3 1/2 granddaughter.  She does pretty well with the pee, but bowel movements have not been successful. She says “the poopy doesn't … [Read more...]

Pull-Ups Potty Training Dance adds fun to an age-old process!

When my girls were toddlers, a friend of mine leant us a video tape that she swore was the secret to potty training. "It's like magic", she told us. "It's in the song...trust me!" A song, really? I was convinced she needed a girls' night out and a break from diapers, Elmo and Barney! One viewing with my toddler, though, I realized she was onto something...a song really can make all the difference … [Read more...]

Helping Toddlers With Poop Issues

Q: For nearly 3 years, our son has been unable or unwilling to stool in the toilet. He has excellent control over his bowels and has never had an accident. He uses the bathroom to stool but will only stool in a training diaper. The stool comes out easily and then he spends about 5 minutes singing and looking out the window before finally asking for help in cleaning up. He waits a long time … [Read more...]

Potty Training War of The Wills

Q) Dear Dr. Gwenn: I have two toddler daughters , a two year old and a three year old.  We recently started potty training both of them and to our amazement they just took to it for  pee but poop has been a different story. We also have three older boys and didn't have these issues - they were able to potty train for both poop and pee very easily at the same time. Both girls pee with no problem … [Read more...]