Tips on Potty Training
Bowel Movement

Little boy sitting on toilet learning for potty training a bowel movement

Learn when to start potty training a bowel movement for toddlers or kids and download free printable reward charts. In my experience, it is best to focus on urination first. Boys should always train sitting down until fully trained and having had at least one BM on the toilet.

The average age for potty training bowel movements can often seem later than the potty training age for urination, which is usually around 18-24 months. However, gaining control of the bladder usually leads to control of bowels as well. This is also why having even boys sit to train initially is such a good idea.

Some reasons children tend to refuse having bowel movements on the toilet are because:

• They have had been constipated or have had a painful BM on the toilet in the past
• They have been scolded or punished for accidents
• They are uncomfortable sitting on the toilet

I recommend first reading the page about how to start toilet training.

Then, follow the potty training in three days guide and if you are still having problems, use the following tips.

Tips for Potty Training a Bowel Movement

1. Make sure your child is drinking enough water and eating enough fiber. This will help to avoid constipation.

2. Do not scold or punish for accidents Children may not associate the scolding or punishment with an accident, but instead associate it with having a bowel movement in general. This leads to hiding it by going into a corner or other private area.

3. Make sure they have a chair that fits them comfortably Feet should be able to reach the floor, it should not easily tip over, and they should be able to easily get on and off independently. Use a stool if you need to.

free potty chart to use as training tools

4. Use potty charts. These are great for motivating and rewarding children for success.

5. Do not allow any type of diapers or pull ups to be worn, except during naps and night time once you officially start training. This will help with potty training bowel movements, because it will be much easier for your child to eliminate in the toilet. You may want to use training pants with vinyl coverings to help with messes.

6. When potty training little boys it is better to start by always having them sit down. This is because when children are first learning, they don’t always know what they need to use the bathroom for and will relax all muscles. So, an attempt for urination may naturally lead to a bowel movement.

7. Encourage your child to sit on the toilet during times he/she is most likely to have a BM. If you can keep track of your child’s routine bathroom habits, it can help when potty training a bowel movement by giving you a good idea of when he/she typically has to go.

free social stories for potty training bowel movement

8. Use a social story. If your child is absolutely refusing to go in the toilet and possibly even waiting until naps or bedtime to go in his/her diaper, then I highly recommend trying a personalized social story.

Create a book of your child’s day using real pictures and simple captions. Include a picture of your child using the toilet with the caption “When (name) has to go Poo-poo (or your word choice), s/he sits on the toilet and goes just like a big girl/boy! It feels so good and everyone is so proud of her!” Try reading it to your child every day.

Additional recommended pages:

printable certificates for kids

Potty Training Overview
When to start potty training a bowel movement
Training Tools
Guide for Public Places

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