Fully potty trained toddler demands attention by peeing on my and/or baby brothers stuff

Rachael - posted on 05/22/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My middle child of 2 years (older sibling 6, younger sibling 8 months) is in a constant cycle of regression every since the birth of her baby brother. She has been fully potty trained for 5 months. We can take her on 3 hour car rides with no accidents. She an be with grandparents all weekend with no accidents. When she is at home with me she has accidents, not even accidents, more like deliberate intentions. . Typically this happens when I am in the middle of nursing her brother or doing something for him. We recently moved and already the house stinks of urine. Do I put her back in a diaper or go back to the basics and give her potty rewards? We went through this cycle before and i went back to the basics, gave her lots of attention and she was magically cured. I believe this is a cry for more attention. I understand two year old's only have control over the potty and eating. Has anyone gone through this? How did you get through it? Before I gave birth to my son 8 months ago my doctor said this would happen to leave her in diapers for as long as possible. Sorry for the long post. Help please.

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Rachael - posted on 06/04/2012

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Great advice! She loves the sticker chart and I love the praise the good ignore the bad advice. That makes a huge difference. If I stay on top of things she does beautifully and if not, then she has accidents. Its hard work. She gives me no room for slack. At least, I can easily get us back on track now that I have a plan. Thanks.

S. - posted on 05/22/2012

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Do not put her back in diapers, you both have done so well to get to this point please dont go back you will really kick yourself.Go back to basic's do the stickers charts call her a big girl all the time and if she's having "accidents" for attention try not to give in to it if thats possible, a bit like praise the good and ignore the bad. Good luck

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Brittney - posted on 05/22/2012

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When my daughter (18 months) wants attention, she deliberately pees on the floor. I tell her to clean it up and I help her wash her hands. I do not have any other children, but when I babysat a 4 month old, I could tell Ruby was jealous. Do not bring the diapers back once you get rid of them, try to get her to help you care for the baby, by getting a diaper, wipes, a change of clothes, the diaper bag...etc She needs to know she is still loved and not replaced by a new baby (reassured), but she also needs to know that she is a big girl. Try to spend more time with her (just you and her). I hope this helps! Good luck!

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