Is your kiddo struggling with constipation? Many children do, your child isn’t alone and I’m here to help!
As a mom to a kiddo who has suffered from chronic constipation issues since she was 10 months old (she turns 5 on Saturday!), this particular issue hits super close to home, and it's one of the main reasons I decided to start Potty Training Consultant. Throughout the years I have come up with a list of the topmost helpful ways to encourage children to feel comfortable and relaxed enough to be able to successfully poop on the potty.
Below are some helpful tips that I have created and proven successful throughout the years to help your child start pooping on the regular in a safe and natural way!
During potty training, poop frequency naturally decreases, which can increase the risk for constipation. Here is a "magic" recipe that will encourage soft, regular bowel movements for your kiddo without resorting to medication. It is actually so delicious, they will think it’s a special treat - and you'll want to make an extra for yourself!
Just blend the following ingredients:
1/2 can full-fat coconut milk
Two heaping tablespoons of full-fat plain yogurt
A handful of frozen pineapple chunks (Fun fact: Pineapples are a natural anti-inflammatory!)
A handful of frozen strawberries
A handful of shredded coconut
It can be served as a smoothie with a straw, or in a bowl like a fancy acai bowl, or frozen in Popsicle molds for a healthy summer (almost Fall) treat. Tell your little one the smoothie or ice pop is magic, and every time they drink/eat one, it will help them to poop in the potty without another thought! The recipe's combination of fats, coconut, fiber, and natural probiotics is known to produce healthy stools. You can switch up the pineapple and strawberries for any other fruit (just avoid banana).
There are many positive ways to help your kiddo poop on the potty!
Here are a few more helpful tips if your kiddo is struggling with pooping on the potty:
Start positive poop associations as early as possible and avoid negative terminology (like messy, stinky, dirty, gross, etc.).
Allow your kiddo to have some time without wearing a diaper. Getting some experience releasing pee and poop without something covering their bottom can majorly help once you start potty training.
Prevent constipation as much as possible and treat it early if you notice it developing. This will help keep your child from developing fears of pain or discomfort as a result of pooping. (Always check with your doctor for the best treatment options for your baby.)
Praise all poops - whether they end up in the potty or not! We want our kids to know that poop is GOOD! We all do it. It's nothing to hide or be ashamed of!
Potty training can seem daunting at times, especially if your kiddo is stressed or afraid of this new transition and skill. I believe it is important to make the potty training experience positive and even (dare I say) FUN!
Still, looking for added help for your little one to poop on the potty? I just launched my new POOP course that will be sure to give you the resources and help you need to get your child to be able to poop on the potty!