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How can I help my toddler understand the difference between pee and poop during potty training?

Hi everyone,

I am a first-time parent currently in the process of potty training my toddler. While we have made some progress with getting them to sit on the potty, we're having a bit of trouble when it comes to understanding the difference between peeing and pooping.

Whenever my toddler needs to go to the bathroom, they just say "pee pee" regardless of what they're actually doing. I'm not sure how to help them understand the distinction between the two, and I'm worried that this might slow down their potty training progress.

Any tips or advice on how to help my little one understand the difference between pee and poop would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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edna.hirthe

Hi all,

During potty training, my child also had difficulty understanding the difference between pee and poop. I found that using sensory activities helped my child to better differentiate between the two.

For instance, I filled a small potty with nice smelling yellow bath bombs to indicate pee, and brown chocolate-scented play dough to represent poop. Whenever my child successfully used the potty, I celebrated and we continued with the activity.

Using sensory activities seemed to help my child to remember the difference between pee and poop, and made the experience more fun and engaging.

I hope this tip helps someone out there. Good luck with potty training!

zulauf.annamarie

Hello,

I had similar trouble with my toddler when potty training too, but I found a different method to be effective. I used a color-coded system to differentiate pee and poop. We identified pee as the color yellow and poop as the color brown, and then I painted a yellow dot on the potty for pee and a brown dot for poop. This helped my child to easily recognize which one they were doing when they sat on the potty.

I also made sure to praise my child every time they correctly identified which they were doing. This kind of positive affirmation can make the whole experience feel more fun and productive for both you and your kid!

I hope this method helps. Good luck!

koepp.junior

Hello everyone,

I also encountered the same problem when I was potty training my toddler. My solution was to use a reward system to train my child to recognize the difference between pee and poop.

Whenever my child recognized the difference between the two and corrected themselves accordingly on the potty, they got a little reward. The rewards didn't have to be big, just something that they would get excited about such as stickers, a new toy or some other sort of treat.

The reward system worked well because it motivated my child to differentiate between pee and poop without making it seem like a chore or upsetting them. I believe this method worked because it kept my child focused on the positive with goals to work towards, thus enhancing the learning process.

I hope this advice helps, and good luck with your potty training journey!

murazik.viva

Hey there,

I also struggled with my toddler not understanding the difference between pee and poop when we were potty training. To help my child understand the distinction, I used a visual aid in the form of a book.

I found a children’s book about potty training that was specifically designed to help kids understand the difference between pee and poop. We read the book together several times, and this method actually helped my child to differentiate between the two.

The book was interactive, with different pages displaying different pictures and asking questions like, "What do you do if you need to do a poopy?" This helped my child to engage and remember the differences between the two.

I highly recommend this method, especially for parents struggling to teach their toddler the difference between pee and poop. Good luck!

howe.virginia

Hi there,

I had a similar issue with my toddler during potty training. What worked for us was using visual aids to help my child understand the difference between pee and poop. We used pictures of a toilet with a pee symbol and a poop symbol, and explained to our child that each symbol represented what they were doing when they went to the bathroom.

We also used descriptive language when our child went to the bathroom, such as saying "You're pooping now!" or "Good job peeing in the potty!" This helped reinforce the difference between the two actions.

It may take some time and patience, but with consistent reinforcement and positive reinforcement, your child will eventually understand the difference between pee and poop. Good luck with your potty training journey!

qbartoletti

Greetings all,

When potty training my child, we also experienced difficulty in distinguishing between pee and poop. I found that using songs and rhymes helped my child to understand the difference between the two.

I made up a simple rhyme, "Poop goes in the potty, pee goes in the sea," and sang it every time we went to the bathroom. It seemed to help because soon enough, my child began to differentiate between pee and poop.

Making up songs and rhymes with your child’s favorite tunes can make the potty training experience fun and interactive. This method can help children remember the difference between pee and poop and make potty training less of a chore.

I hope this tip helps you in your journey to potty train your toddler. Good luck!

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