My almost 3 year old is suddenly having accidents after 6 months being perfectly toilet trained

Kate - posted on 03/02/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is almost 3 and has been toilet trained for 6 months now. I have heard toddler often regress if a new baby arrives shortly after toilet training but my baby is 3 months old now and my toddler has just now started having accident! The problem is, they arent accidental!!! He knows he's doing it and just doesnt care. He will go into the bathroom, and wee all over floor on purpose or when playing in backyard, he'll wee or poo in his pants and when we ask why he didnt use the toilet, he says he just didnt want to! We have tried explaining to him, we have tried time outs, we have tried a rewards chart for when he uses toilet properly but he just doesnt care. This is VERY frustrating as he was doing it all perfectly for so long.This is also not the only area we are having trouble with, he finds it funny to make noise and wake his brother up and my husband when hes sleeping for night shift and is being very rude and sometimes mean to us and his friends. I dont think he is bored because we go to playground/swimming lessons/play dates with friends and he has a great backyard full of swings/cubby/toys so he is always busy! Can anyone help or have any advice?

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Michelle - posted on 03/02/2013

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He's wanting your attention. I know the baby is now 3 months but your son has realized that the baby is here to stay and he doesn't have you all to himself anymore. He's wanting any attention and seems to get it when he's naughty. Most toddlers go through this stage even without a baby around.

The best way to deal with it is to ignore the bad behaviour and reward the good. Praise him when he's playing quietly and ignore him when he does something wrong. He will soon learn that it's no point in doing what he's not supposed to do.

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