Potty Training – What To Do When Your Child RegressesMarch 15, 2011 No Comments
Regression during potty training is a completely natural and common experience. Most children will go through some degree of regression with regards to potty training at some point.
Why do they regress?
Children can regress for a number or reasons. Some times a big change can be the cause, such as moving or welcoming a new sibling. Sometimes it is something much smaller, such as learning a different new skill. Sometimes it may seem as though there is no reason at all. If you can’t seem to find a link between the regression and their daily life, make sure you also talk to the other people who care for your child to see if anything has changed on their end. A new teacher at the preschool? Another child causing your stress? Don’t be afraid to ask.
If you are able to detect the root cause of the regression, then you will have that as a powerful tool to help you. If you are not able to figure out the exact cause, that’s alright. Sometimes it seems to come from nowhere.
What can you do?
Here are a few ideas that can help with regression in potty training. You can use any combination of these ideas to try and help the regression be over with sooner rather than later.
- Create a reward system.
Positive reinforcement is a wonderful motivator for anyone. If your child has regressed in their potty training, try offering a sticker for each successful potty. When enough stickers have been earned, they can trade the stickers in for a toy or something else special. You can use a sticker chart (there are hundreds of free printable sticker charts available online), or an art board, or anything else to help them keep track of their stickers.
- Remain positive.
Accidents should not be punished. It can be very frustrating to watch your child go through this and not have control over it, but anger and punishment will NOT help. It may actually worsen the problem. Try to remain calm. Be firm about reminding them where they should go potty and how, but do not get angry with them.
When your child has an accident, they should be held accountable for it. Without anger, remind the child of what they should have done. Have the child take off his/her soiled clothing, put the clothing in the wash or laundry area, and dress themselves in clean clothes. Have them clean up any messes that were made on the floor. Your child will learn pretty quickly that it is much faster and easier to just use the potty.
- Practice makes perfect.
What happens when you acquire a new skill but aren’t quite proficient? You practice. Have your child practice what they should do. After an accident and all the cleanup, have your child go to the spot the accident occurred. Remind your child what they should do when they need to go potty. Have your child tell you they need to go, go to the potty, pull down their clothing, and sit. Do this three times. Again, no anger. Just a simple reminder that if they have forgotten to go potty, then they should practice to get better. Congratulate them when they finish their practice. Do this for every accident. Again, your child will quickly learn that it is faster and easier for them to just use the potty the first time.
- Don’t regress with them.
Whatever you do, try not to go backwards. If you put a diaper back on them due to regression and stop enforcing the rules of going potty, then they will have no reason to turn back around. Keep enforcing the rules and praising them for success.
- Back to basics.
Depending on the method you used to achieve potty success to begin with, you may want to refer back to that. It worked once, it may very well work again.
- It’s time.
Bring out the timer. Depending on how often your child is having accidents, set the timer for hour increments (less or more depending on your child) and when the timer goes off announce that it is time to go potty! Don’t ask them if they need to go, just take them. This will help to remind them of the ease and comfort of going potty and how nice it is to not be in their wet clothes.
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