The first week potty training my son he held poop in then when he pooped it was uncomfortable and then he was afraid to poop on potty because he associated that discomfort with the potty. I gave him fruit smoothie to help his digestive system keep moving for a few days so he could easily go to the bathroom. I knew he had to go so I put him on the potty he tried to get up and cried mommy. I wrapped my arms around him and told him it was ok then i asked if he wanted to high 5 Elmo. It distracted him until he pooped and we celebrated. I used that same method the next few times and he soon learned the potty doesn’t make poop hurt. After that he stopped having accidents and he never poops in his diaper. Sometimes if his poo hurts he calls for me to sit with him. I don’t think it has to be hard poop to hurt sometimes there’s gas in the belly and before you go your stomach hurts a little .
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