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|Sun, 06-21-2009 - 12:59am|
I just recently started potty training my 2.5 yr old son. He's doing really well but I have some questions that I can't seem to get answers for anywhere else, so I'm hoping someone can help me.
Background: He's been potty trained for about 1.5 weeks. He's in underwear all day. Pull ups for nap and night but hasn't soiled his pull ups after the first couple of days. Rarely has accidents (1 in the past 4 days) and poops and pees in the potty. He sometimes tells me he needs to potty, but mostly its me telling him to go potty.
Question #1: When I tell him it's time to potty (generally every 2 hrs) he throws a mini-fit that is usually placated by a 5 min timer. I tell him he has 5 more min and when the timer goes off we are going potty. When the timer goes off, he does go potty but reluctantly. When he's on the toilet, he has a strong stream of urine, so he obviously needed to go, so why does he constantly fight me about using the potty? Is it a control thing? It's not a major issue, but I would like it if he went potty when I tell him to, not 5 min from when I tell him to. Is it because he wants control? Is it that he didn't really need to go? Anyone know the reasoning behind this behavior?
Question #2: He seems to have a fear of using public restrooms. At home he uses the toilet with a "family seat", the kind of toilet seat with a built in child seat that flips up or down when needed. So I would think the transition for him between the home toilet and the public toilet would be pretty easy considering the similarities but he hasn't pee'd in a public toilet. He hasn't had any accidents in public yet either but I've been restricting my outings to 2.5 hrs or less and I always make sure he uses the potty before going outside the house. Does he just not need to go when we're out? Should I stay out longer and hope he will use the public toilet when he really needs to go? Any techniques for getting kids to use public toilets? Should I try a portable potty and how to do I teach him to use one?
Question #3: Pooping in the toilet is still new for him. He goes once a day but insists on being left alone on the toilet. I understand he wants privacy but the last 2 times he's pooped on the potty, he's reached down and touched his poop! Very gross. How do I get him to stop touching? I tell him to not play with his poop. Is this normal? Will he just stop touching or do I insist on being in the bathroom when he poops?
Long-winded. Thanks for reading and (hopefully) replying.