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3 Tips for Potty Training Regression

Posted on 11-10-2016

Your child was doing so well, and now suddenly it seems as though they’ve forgotten everything they learned. Whether it’s nighttime bed-wetting, or accidents throughout the day, the first thing that you need to know is that regression in potty training is completely normal. You’re not alone. Think about these 3 tips as you’re caring for your little one!

  • Take it slowly.

You’ve done it before, you can do it again! Rushing things is only going to bring about tension and emotional pressure. Keep things relaxed, and encourage independence. “You’ve got this! No worries!” You don’t want to make potty time a dreaded time, so just take it one step at a time until they’re fully comfortable. Taking it slowly may actually speed up the process!

  • Avoid overreacting.

Sometimes a big reaction is just what they want! Instead, calmly handle the situation as if it’s no big deal. We promise, your child will be potty trained soon—definitely before their wedding day, so no worries. This is just a phase that will soon pass! “You want your children to feel empowered and not worry they’re going to be punished if they make a mistake.” –Lisa Asta, M.D.

  • Don’t punish.

If there is a deeper psychological reason behind the regression, the last thing you want to do is to make it worse with punishment. Instead, try to find the root cause. Are there family stressors that could be a factor? It is very common for regression to be a sign that your child wants attention. You can give this attention in a healthy way. Maybe just spend more time playing games or building blocks with your child to let them know you’re there for them.

Though it may seem like potty training your child is taking forever, try to step back and think about the big picture. This too will pass! Be patient with your little one as they attempt to conquer this with your helpful guidance. 

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