- Not doing nap time. She still needs it. Still finds another time of day to go poop on her floor
- Changing the time of nap time. Doesn't matter. Even if she goes before she still manages to poop on her floor.
- Spending more time with her. Spending more one-on-one time with her. Cuddling and loving on her more. etc.
- Changing general routine to get out more, spend more time doing fun things for her, etc.
- Taking toys or privileges away.
- Spanking her.
- Putting her back in diapers-for almost a full month, which she asked for every day and still...took those off to poop on the floor.
- Duct taping diapers on for naps. Still took them off and pooped on the floor.
- Starting over with a reward system. She then thought she should be rewarded for everything and constantly asked for treats...done with that...oh, and still pooped on the floor.
- Other means of positive reinforcement...do not work
- Ignoring the situation.
- Having her help clean it up. Does not care. Loves to clean.
- Spanking her. (still not really THAT hard, but hard enough to mean business)
- Buying her most FAVORITE my little pony panties and hanging them on her wall for her to see out of reach and telling her that if she doesn't poop on the floor she gets to wear them!! (which she talked about non-stop the entire day before...and then pooped on the floor)
- Explaining in depth the situation, why we shouldn't poop on the floor, that it makes Mommy sad, that it's gross, that there are germs, that Mommy and Daddy don't like to clean it up. She has repeated all of this back to me and understands it in depth-even so far as to explain it to her dollies, horsies and other toys (that also have problems pooping on the floor, apparently).
- Jon and I have taken turns dealing with it to see if she's acting out towards one or the other. Does not matter.
- She does not care if her toys are taken away. And I mean ALL her toys...no big deal.
- Does not care if her blanket is taken away.
- Really the only thing she cares about is hanging out with me but I can't leave her in her room by herself all day because...she poops on the floor. And the only time I do leave her up there is during nap time-other than that shes just with me all day.
The one thing I've had recommended to me is trying to force her to go potty by holding her on there until she goes every time. I'm not doing that. I take her plenty and if she needs to go she goes, and if she doesn't need to she doesn't. I'm not going to make her sit on the potty for an hour before nap time and try and force her to go. Even if she does go of her own accord right before naps she still manages to poop on the floor.
I have witnessed her wake up out of sleep in the night to get up and go potty. She poops in the potty every other time of day-and even during nap times if she's already pooped on the floor that day. My sanity and my carpet need help. I honestly don't know what to do. It's not a medical thing (she poops just fine), I'm sure it's psychological but I have no idea how to fix it. I knew she was going to be challenging, but WOW.
I know that it's probably a regression because of the baby, or all the travelling and the busy-ness and everything else. And I have read EVERYTHING that is available about regression-and have done EVERYTHING that has been recommended. Nothing is working. And this isn't a "be patient and give it time" thing-it's been almost 2 months and the girl is potty trained and has been for a year.
I know its a control issue too. Once again-how am I supposed to deal with it? It's got to stop. Has anyone been through this? I'm at the end...
I find that by the time I'm going crazy enough to actually blog about something it typically resolves itself somehow so I'm really hoping that's the case here...