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Megan Faure


Posted by: Jack | 2012-01-20


Toilet training

Please help!! I am at my wits end. My otherwise very capable little boy who turned 3 in December refuses to poo in the toilet. He asks for a nappy and if I don't give him one he gets very worked up. I've heard that this should not be forced, but what do I do. I have two daughters who toilet trained perfectly.

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Megan Faure Megan Faure
- 2012-03-12

This is more common than you would believe. Many little ones resist poo'ing in the toilet. Firstly rest assured, he will get it right. Don't pressurise him and draw attention to the 'problem'. This will make an issue of it. Rather use reward systems - put a jar above the loo with sweets or special little toys inside and every time he gets it right, give him a reward. Even if he tries, reward him. If he needs the nappy for poo's though, don't punish him.

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