Well it's a known fact that potty training kiddos with Down Syndrome can be a little trickier than those without. For the most part, we had it fairly *easy* with Zoya going pee on the potty. She has been in big girl underwear all day for just over a year (she's turning 4 in 3 weeks). We took it slow and steady and made progress over time. She very rarely has accidents. The average age for potty training for kiddos with DS is 4 (according to the Dr. at the DS clinic). So we were thrilled that Zoya seemed to be catching on so quickly!
Pooping on the potty, if you remember from my other posts, has not gone as smoothly! She was terrified, as many kids are. So we didn't push it (until recently). The thing about Zoya is that she started ONLY pooping while she was in her bed wearing a pull up (either first thing early in the morning or right at the end of her nap). Now, this is GOOD because it means she never had poop issues at school or accidents out in public. But this is bad because that means if we were out of town she'd hold it, Miralax and all, for days, which would in turn cause her to have pressure on her bladder and cause accidents. It's also bad because it's so hard to catch her because she is in her bed when she does it! She's too smart! Anyways, we tried EVERYTHING. Rewards, bribes, consequences, open-door bathroom policy, having a party on those rare occasions she DID poop on the potty, praise, having her sit on the potty when we knew she had to go, letting her watch Elmo while she sat onthe potty, and more bribes. Finally my last straw was putting the little potty in her crib while I stood there to see if she would go (it didn't work if you're wondering). All my efforts only earned me weird looks from Zoya and embarrassing role-playing by Zoya at school with the dollhouse (Zoya placing the mama on the potty and saying "POOP"). Hmmph.
I was at my wit's end. I knew Zoya was cognitively able to understand that she had to go in the potty. I knew she was purposely waiting to go in her diaper in her bed. I knew the fear side of pooping in the potty has dissipated. I knew it was just becoming a control issue and a habit at this point. So we decided to start getting Zoya up about an hour earlier in the morning and what do you know? She is now pooping on the potty about 4 out of 7 mornings a week! (The other 3 days she either doesn't go, or goes in her diaper before we get to her). I'll take it! I've been role playing with her and teaching her to yell from her bed "Mama POOP". She is starting to get the idea and will stand up in her bed and just yell...nothing in particular, but it certainly gets my attention! The only downside is that she is now still getting up an hour earlier than she used to...I guess I can't have it all! I'll take pooping on the potty and a new earlier wake up time over poop in her diaper!
So, the reason I'm sharing this is so when Zoya is fully potty trained one day we can look back and laugh....AND because maybe what we did will work for someone else....I know you're thinking "If ONLY it could be so easy".....believe me, it certainly wasn't....but just keep on trying everything and maybe you'll find something that works for your child!