My 2 year old went to the doctor 4 times the first year of her life for constipation before we finally got some good advice- APPLE JUICE! The sucrose in it sucks water into her little bowels to make the process much more pleasant. She likes how the juice tastes, and it counts as a serving of fruit. If she does not have her one or two glasses a day she is back to straining and being a mega-grump. It works like a charm every time.