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Old 01-02-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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Fear of Big Potty

What do you do with a kid that is afraid of the big potty? Our 2 year old is 90% potty trained but he is afraid of the big potty. When we went to lowes a few months back the automatic toilet kept going off and wouldn't go on a big potty since.

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:31 PM   #2
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The automatic toilets are evil. Even my 5 yr old is afraid of them. I try to keep my hand over the sensor when they're using them now to keep them from going off. At home my son was lazy and woukdnt use the bathroom. Finally I put the little toilet away and he did just fine. Out in public I sometimes let him pee in a cup. Its a lot easier than dragging all 3 kids into a store and trying to force him to use the scary toilet.
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Does he have a little seat so it is comfy?

Does he go in the bathroom with you when you go?

I'd get a really fun toy and say, "Let's go play with this on the potty!" Then leave it ob the back for potty time only.

You could also try some favorite songs or books.

We keep bubbles next to the potty for entertainment too!
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:48 PM   #4
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Re: Fear of Big Potty

He has a little seat also but he was going fine on the big potty not just at home but everywhere when we were out and about until the incident with the automatic toilet. The other day he said splashing so I think it's the water more than the noise of the toilet.
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Re: Fear of Big Potty

One tip I've heard it to put a post it note over the sensor so it doesn't auto flush. When he's done, and stepped away you can remove it so the toilet will flush and not scare him. That would solve both potential problems if you can convince him that the magic paper will protect him
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Re: Fear of Big Potty

Try using the potty seat you place over the toilet. Have your child pick out which character he or she wants, whether its sponge bob or diego, etc. Potty seats always worked for my son instead of the potty. Plus it's easier to clean.
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Re: Fear of Big Potty

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One tip I've heard it to put a post it note over the sensor so it doesn't auto flush. When he's done, and stepped away you can remove it so the toilet will flush and not scare him. That would solve both potential problems if you can convince him that the magic paper will protect him
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I've heard of this working

You can also make it a bit of a ritual to open the bathroom door or stall door for "a quick getaway" and then have him pull off the post-it note and high tail it out of there.
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Toilet paper over the sensor and have him sit backwards on the potty so he can be steadied by the back.
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