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Potty training my toddler!

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Potty training my toddler!

I have a 2.5 year old who is potty trained but not at night or naps yet which is not expected. She does great during the day and right from the start had no issues pooping in the potty. But for the last month or, so she seems to only poop when she is taking a nap or in the morning in her diaper right before she wakes up. I am not too sure how to stop this habit. Should I start trying to put her in underwear during her naps? I know she is not ready to stop wearing a diaper at night because she still wets. I have however started waking her up every night before I go to bed to use the potty to start getting her in the habit of going at night when she needs to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Hi Melissa,
    So she was doing great then regressed? That’s really not all that uncommon. Sometimes kids withhold bowel movements as a form of control or due to some fear or anxiety. If it is happening in her sleep it sounds more like a schedule issue to me. She may just have gotten thrown off her regular pattern for one reason or another. Did this issue coincide with Daylight Savings Time by chance? Whatever the cause it sounds like you are employing a good strategy by waking getting her to go at night. You could possibly move her dinner a little earlier or try waking her in the morning a tad bit earlier and going straight to the potty. Hang in there! She’ll likely get back on track soon.

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    1. I am really not sure if it started before or after daylight savings. I want to say it was already going on though. We already eat dinner early at 5:00 so I don’t think I want to push it any earlier. She only poops once, maybe twice a day so I think it makes things a little more difficult. Hopefully she will outgrow this soon because I am ready to have her fully potty trained including when she sleeps! Thank you for the advice!

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