Baby E's Magic Toilet

Big One's fear for the longest time has been pooping on the potty. We've struggled with it for over a year now. As he nears 4, we feared he would always need the security of his diaper to go number 2. We've tried bribing, coercing, punishing, begging, pleading, bribing some more. The kid just wasn't going to do it. Until yesterday.

We went to visit a high school friend of mine and her daughter, Baby E. Big One declared that he had to poop. I informed him he would either have to hold it or try going on the potty. He decided to hold it. For about a minute. He then decided to give the potty a try.

As soon as he sat down, he started going. No begging or pleading required. There was no clenching of his butt cheeks and whining that it was scary. He just sat down and went. I can't tell you how shocked and happy I was. Only a parent could be this excited about poop. Isn't it amazing how your priorities change? I declared Baby E's toilet the magic toilet.

On the way home, I asked if Big One would start pooping in our toilet now that he knows it's not scary. This is where my words came back to bite me.

"No, because Baby E's toilet is the only magic toilet. Ours isn't magic."

Shoot! Luckily, I was quick on my feet.

"Guess what? I took the magic from Baby E's toilet and brought it home for our toilet. Now you can use ours, too!"

Apparently, he bought it. He went again last night at home. He even mentioned something about not needing magic anymore. Small victory! This morning he used the toilet yet again to do his number 2. We're on a roll. I'm hesitant to say he's completely over his pooping issues. But at least it's a good start!


jen@odbt said...

Wow - don't you wish you had thought of magic sooner? I think it's funny how these little things make such a difference for our kids. I hope he keeps going -- poop was always the hardest for my kids to get when potty training.

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Isn't it amazing what we'll come up with to get them to poop on the toilet? I was so excited when Zachie first did it that I took a picture to show Daddy when he got home. Seriously. Of poop. Congratulations, Big One!!!!!

Christy said...

That's awesome - my fingers are crossed that it continues!

Per your question - I just stopped offering it to her one meal at a time, slowly but surely. And she eats three bigs meals a day, and snacks in between. And her dr. okayed giving her milk when she turned 9 months, so she's been drinking organic whole cows milk with all her meals since to your dr - maybe they'll have some advice for you!

Mama Bigs said...

Yay big one!!! Thats awesome! Home stretch now mama ;) Miss you!!!

Jessi said...

Yay, Big One! What an accomplishment! I can't wait for this potty training this to be done and over with...and sadly, we haven't really started with Josiah yet. UGH!

Funny how when we become "mommy" we focus A LOT on poop.

Hope the trend continues.

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Kate Hanke said...

Isn't it amazing when having kids, those small victories become everything?