Potty Training

My Daughter's Daycare Wants Her Back in Pull-Ups: Advice?

My Daughter’s Daycare Wants Her Back in Pull-Ups: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about a request made by her daughter’s daycare. She said the daycare has requested her daughter be put back in Pull-Ups due to a recent string of accidents. This mom says her daughter is fully potty-trained and has no issues at home. She adds that her husband (and child’s father) is currently deployed and that she herself is currently pregnant, so she suspects the accidents at daycare are a result of these changes in her daughter’s life and that putting her back in Pull-Ups could actually make the problem worse. What should she do?

My 10-Year-Old Stepson Still Wets the Bed, and His Mom Refuses to Address the Issue: Advice?

My 10-Year-Old Stepson Still Wets the Bed, and His Mom Refuses to Address the Issue: Advice?

A mom writes in asking advice about her 10-year-old stepson. She says that her stepson still wets the bed. He is large enough that they have to buy small adult Pull-ups for him to wear in bed. He has been to a doctor, but no helpful advice was given. This mom is frustrated because she feels like her stepson’s mom refuses to address the issue, and it is causing issues in her home when he is over. What should she do?

My Stepdaughter Has Been Having Many Accidents Following Some Big Changes: Advice?

My Stepdaughter Has Been Pooping On Herself Following Some Big Life Changes: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her 5-year-old stepdaughter, who “has been pooping on herself for a while now.” She says this behavior has been getting worse ever since “her mom gave her up to her dad and me.” She adds that her stepdaughter says she knows when she has to go but doesn’t want to stop playing or get up to go to the bathroom, and then tries to hide it. Any advice for this stepmom?

I'm Potty Training My Two-Year-Old: Can I Use Diapers Instead of Pull-Ups?

I’m Potty Training My Two-Year-Old: Can I Use Diapers Instead of Pull-Ups?

A mom writes in asking for potty training advice for her 2-year-old daughter. She says she had decided to start potty training her daughter and wants to know if she can use diapers, which she has leftover, versus moving to Pull-Ups, which many moms often use during the potty training phase. Would that work? Any other potty training advice for this mom?

My 5-Year-Old Stepdaughter Pees and Poops on the Floor of Her Room at Night: Advice?

My 5-Year-Old Stepdaughter Pees and Poops on the Floor of Her Room at Night: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her 5-year-old stepdaughter. She says her stepdaughter has started peeing and pooping on the floor of her room during the night. She gets out of bed and goes to the bathroom on the floor. This mom as attempted to speak with her stepdaughter to learn more about what’s going on but has been unable to get clear answers. Counseling is already on this mom’s mind as a potential solution, but the pandemic has complicated following through on that plan.

I'm Potty Training My Toddler, and He's Terrified of Going Number Two on the Toilet: Advice?

I’m Potty Training My Toddler, and He’s Terrified of Going Number Two on the Toilet: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about potty training. She says she is currently potty training her 3-year-old toddler, and though he’s doing well overall (with Number One, anyway), she says he is “terrified of going Number Two.” He explicitly says he is scared. She tries to coax him with prizes. But it isn’t taking. She says she is now on day three of him “holding it in,” and so she’d like some advice about ways she can encourage him.

The Best Tips for Potty Training Boys: Advice?

The Best Tips for Potty Training Boys: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about potty training boys. She says her 1-year-old son has shown a lot of interest in the potty, but she can’t get him to actually use it. He hates having a dirty diaper, often sits on the potty “like mommy,” but ultimately he does not complete the act. Though this mom is not in a rush to potty train her son, given his interest, she is wondering what it might look like to start the process. Any advice?

My 6-year-old keeps having accidents: Thoughts?

My 6yr old son won’t stop pooping his pants. My son has been fully potty trained since he was 3. When he was 5, we had his sister, and things were good for a while. Well, he started having accidents, not peeing on himself, always pooping his pants. We chalked that up to the new baby, sat him down, and explained things, and things went back to normal. For a while, then he started back up with the accidents. This has been an on and off thing now for almost two years. It doesn’t matter where he is; he has done this at home, at school, at relatives. When you try to ask him why we get “I didn’t want to miss anything” or, “I thought I could hold it” or “I didn’t know I had to poop”. We have tried sitting down and talking with him, we had him go to a behavioral therapist, we’ve tried positive reinforcement, (ie, going out for a special treat for a week w/o an accident) we’ve tried negative reinforcement, (ie, making him wash his own underwear out) and finally we got some diapers (generic goodnights) for him. I told him he could have …

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My toddler has been pottying in his pants and trying to hide it: Advice?

My three 1/2yrs old son has been potty trained for a while now. But lately, he has been peeing and pooping in his underwear and hides it. Every time I ask if he needs to go potty, he says no or that he already went (which usually ends up being a couple of hrs ago). Then I told him to go potty, and he started crying, saying he didn’t want to go potty anymore. I’m at a loss. What could be making him not want to use the bathroom anymore? He’s never had a bad experience as far as I know. I even asked him if it hurt to go potty (thinking maybe UTI or bladder infection), but he said it doesn’t hurt. Any suggestions? TIA Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

The Poop Trail: How My Mom's Favorite Story from My Childhood Taught Me an Important, and Funny, Lesson About Motherhood

The Poop Trail: How My Mom’s Favorite Story from My Childhood Taught Me an Important, and Funny, Lesson About Motherhood

It was undeniable that my mom had a favorite story from my childhood. She called it, “THE POOP TRAIL.” Of course, she had a few other anecdotes dear to her heart, but as I lost Mom when I was 22, the only tale that left a lasting impression on me was the shocker.

My Friend's Four-Year-Old Refuses to Potty Train: Please Help!

My Friend’s Four-Year-Old Refuses to Potty Train: Please Help!

A mom writes in asking for advice about her friend’s four-year-old son. She says her son refuses to potty train, despite different several attempted methods. How can she help her friend and her friend’s son?

'Teen Mom' Star Kailyn Lowry Claps Back at Mom-Shamers Following Ridiculous Potty Training Backlash

‘Teen Mom’ Star Kailyn Lowry Claps Back at Mom-Shamers Following Ridiculous Potty Training Backlash

When you’re a parent, it seems everyone has an opinion on what you’re doing and when. Teen Mom’s Kailyn Lowry recently encountered some unsolicited advice from a Twitter follower about her son, 2, not yet being potty-trained (though it must be pointed out that the average age children are potty-trained is between 18 months and 3 years of age).

Advice from an Expert: My 7-Year-Old Is Still Having Accidents, and I Have No Idea What Else to Try!

Advice from an Expert: My 7-Year-Old Is Still Having Accidents, and I Have No Idea What Else to Try!

A mom is in some serious need of advice! She says that her 7-year-old daughter is still having accidents, and she is at a complete loss trying to figure out a solution. Amber Temerity Lozzi weighs in with some expert advice.

How can I encourage my daughter with potty training?

Hi! So I need some help in the potty training department. My daughter is 2.5 years old. At home, she only wears panties, and she only has an accident once or twice a week. I set my phone on a 30 min timer, and most of the time, she relieves herself. My problem lies with #2. She has only gone poop on the toilet once. She will go and hide and then immediately after telling me she went to the bathroom. I don’t know how to break this cycle, so any help or encouraging thoughts are appreciated. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My almost 4 year old fights me on potty training: Advice?

I have an almost 4yr old son (birthday in April) that fights me on using the potty. He will go poop on the potty, but when it comes to going pee, he will fight and fight. Some days are better where there is only one accident. But most days, he will fight me. I’ve tried potty training books, stickers on a poster as a reward, favorite candy as a treat, specials, etc. I don’t want to use discipline as a way to get him to use the potty; I don’t want to potty train that way. But I’m getting to my wit’s end with constantly having to deal with him peeing his underwear. I’ve been trying to potty train him for months. I’m trying to find new ideas or see what some of you guys have done for kids that were difficult to potty train. Thank you! Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My 5-year-old has been wetting her bed at night: Advice?

So my 5yrold been potty trained since she was 2yrs old and she still wets her bed. She doesn’t drink anything 3-4hrs before bed; i wake her up 2-3 times a night to get and up and go she uses the potty before going to bed and still wets her bed. Any advice will help. TY Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

How can I get my child to poop on the potty?

can you ask lol and its probably already been asked I have three kids my first two were super easy to potty train but dog went it if my five-year-old is giving me a run for my money!! he pees on the potty just fine… but pooping is a whole another issue.. how do I get him to poop consistently on the potty iv tried treats snacks dollar store treats fun days pooping party! (outside the bathroom obviously lol) he just sometimes says hey I got to poop but most of the time he sits behind the couch or under a table or in his room and craps his pants Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My son is terrified to potty train: Please help!

I am a single young mom of toddlers, a boy three and a girl 2. my son has had gastrointestinal issues since birth, and his father and I travel 3 hours to a specialist at UC Davis hospital every three months trying new approaches to ease his pain. He’s already had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy, as well as many biopsies with little to no help. Unfortunately, because of this, he is TERRIFIED of the potty. The doctor said he might not be ready to potty train until his pain is gone or at least manageable. My son is currently in preschool, and we are lucky enough for the teachers and staff to understand and help us with his health issues. However, he will be 4 in June, and in every transitional kindergarten we have looked at, it is a requirement for him to be potty trained. Mother to mother, how do I get him to want to potty train? His dad has lacked on his end of teaching him to stand up to pee, and of course, I can’t really show him myself. Any help, please!!!! Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has …

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My 4-year-old will not potty train: Advice?

My son will be four in a couple of months, and we’ve tried potty training him a million different ways, and he did great for a while, but for the last couple of weeks, maybe a month, he has been secretly using the bathroom, and then he … plays with it. He’ll dig in his diaper or underwear whatever he’s wearing at the time and plays with it. Rubs on himself and the walls or his toys. Sometimes he’ll get his little sister to play with it. And yes, I watch and listen to them as much as I can, but if I’m in another room doing laundry or washing dishes, they’re in his room. I really don’t know what to do for him to understand that it’s bad and gross, and he needs to use the toilet. Someone tell me that my kids aren’t the only one that has done this?! It’s exhausting and Idk what to do. He wants a specific toy for Christmas, and I even told him Santa wouldn’t bring it if he didn’t use the toilet. Someone help me with the love of my sanity. Thanks. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook …

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My friends 4-year-old refuses to potty train: Advice?

I have a friend of mine who has a 4 year old who refuses to potty train. She’s tried everything from treats to underwear. She wants to get him potty trained so he can start preschool. Any ideas to help her out! Thanks in advance Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My 4-year-old has been having accidents: Advice?

My daughter is four years old and has been potty trained for nearly two years now. This past week or so, she has had about six potty “accidents.” She has peed on the sofas, in her bed, on the floor, and today she pooped herself while eating breakfast. I’m kind of torn between whether these are accidents or if it could be something I am not seeing (acting out, wanting attention, etc.) She’s never done anything like this before. She has had accidents where I know she was trying to make it and just didn’t, and that’s completely understandable. But lately, it seems as though she doesn’t even try to get up and go. She continues to play with her toys or tablet or whatever it is she’s doing at the time. She has always asked or told us when she needs to go to the bathroom. She will say, “mama, I need to potty,” and I’ll say, “okay! Go ahead and call me when you’re done.” So she knows when she has to go, and she knows how to wipe, for the most part, she’s still learning the correct way. I do follow her almost every time just to …

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