Tried & Tested Ways To Get Your Toddler to Poop

Tried & Tested Ways To Get Your Toddler to Poop

Is your toddler ready to be potty trained?

Are you recognising the signs that they are ready?

How do you prepare/what do you buy?

If you are thinking YES! YES! and YES! Then have a read here, where I talk through exactly what I did with both my children. They were ready in 3 DAYS!

Now, I consider myself very lucky as both my children ‘got’ weeing and pooping with no problems. So, when I hear family and friends tell me that their toddler can wee but, just does NOT get, going for a poop- I found it hard to give any meaningful advice.

That is, until NOW…


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Tips From Mamas Who Have Been There and Done That…


Lindsey – My son cried saying he didn’t want to poop in the potty! He was 4 and we tried everything from new underwear and sticker charts to promising him a trip to see his beloved Thomas the Train if he would just poop in the potty. But he refused. I finally called his pediatrician who suggested we try having him sit on the potty for 5 -10 minutes 3 times a day at set times. So we sat on the potty after breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a timer and his tablet. And it worked wonderfully! We’ve had a few accidents here and there but mostly just success!

Erica – Any accidents that the child may have say “no we don’t pee or poop on the floor” then take them straight to the potty and tell them this is where we pee and poop. Eventually it will stick and they will learn.

Time & Space

Stephanie – We STRUGGLED with my youngest until I figured out that she just wanted to be left alone to do the deed! So our little code was that if she asked for “pwivacy” I would just step outside the bathroom and wait for her to squeeze in peace. ???? Whatever works!!

Jennifer – If you are able, and not on a time crunch, I think waiting until three years old might make for a much more enjoyable transition from diapers to big kid undies.…/

Katie – When my daughter was little, she would NOT poop on the potty no matter how much we encouraged her. We tried lollipops, toys, had a potty timer and a chart. But the final thing that worked? We gave her a basket of books and simply said, “take your time”. And that was it! She would go to the potty and flip through a book, but on her terms!

Getting Ready

Niki – We gradually worked toward pooping in the potty by allowing her to poop in a diaper in the bathroom. Then in a diaper on the potty. And finally when she really had to go we had her sit on the potty normally until she went…/

Josephine – This is what we did! She did great. Read, Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki. She literally changed my entire thought process on how a child should be potty trained. ????


Danielle – What we did at my day care was use bubbles (candles at home too). Kids can’t hold in bowels or urine when blowing, so it forces a release if they are holding it in. ????‍


Erin – What brought my son around was good old fashioned bribery. If he pooped in the toilet without accidents for 7 days he got a big expensive toy. We were all set in around 2 weeks.

Crystal – With my two oldest, I used good old bribery. But it worked! My youngest is 1 so I’ll be there again soon ???? lol. I can’t remember what we used to bribe my daughter, but for my son it was a new Mario Bros. Plushie!

Julie – My daughter used to all of a sudden want to play in her room and pooped within 2 minutes of being up there. I had to bribe her with being able to go to school since other prizes didn’t work anymore ????

Jessica – I made a reward kit for my son, stickers that lead to a prize. It was very motivating for my son. For us, it was about setting the behaviour specifically and then positive reinforcement.

Mallory – My son asked to in the potty at 25 months- this was after a failed attempt to potty train him at 22 months before his little sister was born. He did great with pee but poop was hard. We did the Oh Crap! Potty Training method, and I had to go against their suggestion of no rewards for poop. It was still occasionally and he fought hard against it. He had been begging for a train set and so I promised the Easter Bunny (closest next holiday) would bring it of he pooped in the potty. It worked. He started going in the potty as soon as I made the promise! He got his train set and we had no regressions! Leading up to the train set, he still got his sweets and stickers, which lost their appeal after about 2 weeks. We also found a song on you tube (The Poo Poo Song) to be helpful also!

Elisabeth – My son went once on the potty with no issue but then seemed to decide going in his nap time/overnight pull-up was preferable. He loves Thomas so we showed him the train he’d get if he pooped on the potty again like a big boy. Took a few days of reminding him of the train he was missing by going in his pull-up and last week it seemed to click. He has been going on the potty- and collecting trains since.

Ashley – We got a treasure chest, filled it with prizes and he got one every time he pooped, and it worked. On week 3 and now he only gets 1 prize per day and it’s stickers and candy. Hoping by next week, we can slowly start taking the prizes away.

Rohini – After a long ordeal and with help from day care, my son was trained on Day 4. We are in the 3rd week and bribe him with 1 M&M for pee and 2 for poop. And once he’s fully trained he gets a new bed with new sheets and pillow that he can pick…he’s super excited and has been waking up dry most days.


Have you found some inspiration? What worked for you?