Potty training regression

Taylor - posted on 07/21/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




Hi there! I have a 3 and a 1/2 year old step son~the 1/2 is very important to him lol~, and he has regressed with potty training this last year. I managed to have him trained pretty much by close to 2 years and then about 6 months later he regressed back. Usually he still will poop in the toilet i'd say 70-80 percent of the time. But he pretty much always pees in his diapers. Now i've tried everything from doctors, to trying to take him to the bathroom every hour, and making him wear undies so he can feel it.

I even got to the point in encouraging him to romp around naked ~not that he needed it~ so he would they feel the need to use the potty. He would then proceed to put on his undies and do it there. Then i got to the point i would keep access to them from him so he would not do it, and he would just go on the floor or outside. Developmentally he has no issues that i or the doctors can see. So does anyone have any insight on this one?


Louise - posted on 07/23/2012




This is very common on a child that has been potty trained early on. The normal age for training to begin is about 2 years 4 months. Most children regress it is a control thing. Never use pull ups or nappies as this is giving him permission to pee. Take him to the toilet every hour and put him there for 5 mins. If he pees wait an hour and a half and take him to the toilet every hour after that. If he pees on the floor clean it up and say nothing, if he pees in the toilet make a big fuss. He will want to get the reaction out of you so will comply eventually. He is to old for a potty take him to the toilet with a seat now so he can feel grown up.


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Allison - posted on 07/31/2012




My Daughter is 3 1/2 and I just got her to go potty on the potty seat when she needed to go. But if I put big girl panties on her she goes in her pants. ???? Why???? I'm stumped. So like you I don't understand. And she hasn't figured out the sensation of pooping yet. From a book I read sometimes they don't. It just takes them awhile and patience is a key, which I have a hard time with. Something I'm going to have to learn, quickly. You are doing much better than me though. Sometimes I think if it works , don't change it until they are definitely ready for it. So I am keeping my daughter in pull ups until she is ready for big girl panties. Keep putting him on the potty every hour, good idea, and then eventually he will tell you " Mommy , I have to go poddie, or even go by himself". Then he will be ready for the change. And the book that helped me was: Focus on the Family's Baby and Childcare.

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