Is it normal for potty training to be going so well and then stop again?

Tara - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




My 2 year old was potty training fine on her own. All of a sudden she has been peeing on the floors again. She usually does it when she is watching t.v.. How can I get her back on track?


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User - posted on 07/19/2009




This totally happened to me! My daughter was potty trained for about a week. Now she won't even sit on the potty. I try not to make it an issue. I am going to retry in a couple of weeks.

Emma - posted on 07/17/2009




I found my now 2yrs and 2 months (and almost completely potty trained except for nights and the odd accident usually when tired) did this when playing because she didn't want to stop what she was doing to go to the potty. She would say no/ get cross even if I asked her if she needed to go or if I reminded her that it had been some time and she might need to and then less than 5 minutes later would do it in her pants. I started gently confiscating the toys she was playing with at the time telling her calmly and gently that I was taking them away because they distracted her from doing her wee on the potty and reminding her that "doing a wee or poo on the potty was the most important thing... more important than playing" and then whenever I asked her if she needed the potty after that if she said no I would ask what's the most important thing and she learnt to say "doing a wee wee on the potty" and then that often would trigger her to rethink and say yes to needing to go.

From trial and error I have also learnt that getting cross or frustrated is the worst thing to do and actually makes the problem worse. You need to reward EVERY wee/ poo on the potty especially when they have told you themselves that they need to go or responded yes when you ask if they need to go. I did (and still do) a special song and dance every time she did something on the potty (but not just for sitting and producing nothing) and I have found making a complete fool of myself really seems to have worked best!!! I would also give big hugs and kisses ontop if she actually told me she needed to go/ said yes/ did it on her own without me putting her there.

Rather long answer but hopefully helpful...

Joanne - posted on 07/17/2009




This is SO normal. Don't despair! It's great you started her at 2, but sometimes complete potty training[but maybe not thru the night] isn't completed until a child is 4. Bring the potty chair into the room where she's watching TV[as long as there are no guests over], and ask her to sit on it from time to time. Look for fidgety signs[squirming, crossing/tightening her legs] and remind her it's time to sit on her potty. It does take time, great patience, and the hope that your child, when she is 10, WILL be able fully potty trained[:)]. There's no set age it MUST be accomplished. Each child is different.

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