He started peeing in the potty and now has barely any accidents and is actually going through the night without wetting a diaper for the most part. Yahoo! Let me tell you I really dislike the fact that he is still in diapers, and have been waiting for this day for the last year so I must say I feel very enthusiastic about this transition. There is now only one thing holding him back from graduating to big boy underwear and being fully "Potty Trained." And that one thing is Number 2.
- Soften the consistency of the child's stools by providing a diet full of fiber and monitoring his/her intake of dairy products (Sorry Little Man, very little cheese for you anymore, you'll thank me later when you aren't pooping in your pants because your still afraid to use the potty at 24)
- Once BMs have become soft and comfortable for the child, begin by keeping track of when your child has a BM in his/her diaper. There may be a routine or time-line in which they have BMs. This will give you the opportunity to encourage your child to sit on the potty when it's about time for a poop.
- Continue to let him/her have their BM in their diaper if you notice they are going, but empty the contents into the Potty afterward and show them that their BM belongs in the Potty NOT in their diaper.
- Take the time to read children's books about Potty training to your youngin'. This may encourage them to use the potty like the characters in the book.
- Have your child sit on the toilet numerous times a day. Do NOT pressure him/her to have BM. Your main goal is to get him/her to relax while sitting on the potty.
- And last but not least PRAISE! Lots of it! Always remember if your Little One isn't able to have a BM on the potty but at least tries.. that really is a positive thing in itself!