Potty Training Regressions, OH MY!

You just spent somewhere in between 3 days (if you're lucky) to 1 month of potty training, and you are SO GLAD that it's over! 

No more accidents. No more cleanups. No more extra loads of laundry. 



Your family goes on a beach vacation and your kiddo gets all out of whack on going to the potty. 

You recently moved into a new house and, with the stress of packing, moving, and unpacking, your child is now having accidents. 

Your husband has been working overtime to save up some extra cash and you've had to do this parenting thing solo... which means you haven't been as consistent with your child's potty needs. You're exhausted. 

There are hundreds of different reasons that your child may have regressions with her potty training: stress, changes at home, lack of schedule, etc. 

At a time like this, there is no need to fret! Don't immediately jump to the worst case scenario. Regressions are just a part of the potty training process; they are "to be expected." 

Here's what to do if your child does have regressions in potty training:

#1 Avoid getting mad and asking questions.

Getting mad at your child and asking her a plethora of questions ("Why did you wet your pants AGAIN when you know how to go pee pee on the potty?!") isn't really helpful in this situation. Getting mad at her won't likely make the accidents stop so there's no point in even going there. 

#2 Don't fret. Instead, think logically. 

Like I mentioned earlier, regressions happen to many children. It's not uncommon. If your child has potty regressions, it's going to be okay! Instead of panicking and freaking out, think logically. Your child was so successful at getting potty trained - - How did you potty train her? What worked? 

Ultimately, you are going to go back to some of your potty training techniques that worked. Your child most likely needs a little bit of structure and routine in place to get back on track. 

#3 Follow a potty sit schedule.

Just like #2 suggests, you will want to do a "booster session" of potty training with your kiddo. This means that you will reinstate those potty sits every 15, 20, or 30 minutes to help get your child to go pee pee on the potty instead of on the floor. 

#4 Use rewards.

You'll want to reinstate those rewards that you previously used when you were potty training your child. For whatever reason, your child regressed in toileting so it's time to go back to the old ways of potty training and help get your child caught up. This means using some of those small rewards that you used when she was just beginning out.

Remember, the goal here is to get your child to go pee pee on the potty instead of having accidents. Using rewards can GREATLY increase the likelihood of this success! 

#5 Get rid of the pull-up! 

If you haven't heard me preach about this yet, listen up... this is a big one! If your child is still wearing pull-ups (even occasionally!), it's time to get rid of them.

Since pull-ups are designed to whisk the wetness away from your child's body, she doesn't feel that very yucky feeling of being wet. Feeling that yucky sensation is one thing that can increase a child's success at being potty trained. If a child isn't uncomfortable in a wet pull-up, she has no reason to NOT have accidents and instead go pee pee on the potty! 

So, if your child does have potty regressions, and she might, don't panic! Just go back to the basics to give your child a refresher on potty training! 





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