Steps to Overcome Potty Training Regression

“My son suddenly refuses to use the potty, what do I do?”

Don’t panic! Potty training regression is perfectly normal and is something that you shouldn’t be concerned about, especially if you handle it the right way. It’s frustrating to see your son suddenly having more accidents than usual. Don’t’ worry, your child is just taking a few steps back in his training skills, and there are ways to get him back to business.

Here are a few steps to overcome your child’s regression:

1. Find out the cause
There are a lot of possible reasons why your child suddenly refuses to go to the potty. Anxiety, stress, too much pressure, and becoming unfocused are just some of them. There may be a major change in the household that’s causing him to stay unfocused and refusing to train. The key is to find out what’s really causing it, and finding ways to avoid it. Most of the time, all your child needs is a breather. Potty training can be stressful and pressuring him or pushing him too hard to train may even make it worse.

2. Don’t fret!
It’s frustrating, yes, but don’t be negative! It’s just a little bump on the road and it happens to everyone, especially since children tend to be easily distracted. Stay calm and avoid commenting or scolding him while cleaning up accidents – this will only make him want to do it more since you’re still giving him attention.

3. Reinforce potty training
After cleaning up, have him sit on his potty and remind him about what he should have done. Sometimes, children forget warning signals and reminders, so try to reinforce potty training as quickly as possible after one of his accidents. This will make him think of potty training as a responsibility rather than a simple task.

4. Make him feel like he’s in control
Praising your child worked during the first few weeks of training, so it’s another way to make him feel rewarded and fulfilled. Once he’s slowly coming back to training, praise him for being a “big boy” and for doing a good job. If the family has a new baby or a younger toddler, stress the difference between him and his younger siblings. Give him attention for his “big boy” habits and make him feel that he’s in charge. Put his name on his potty chair to let him know that it’s his and he’s in control.

5. Stay consistent
The last and most important thing to remember is to be consistent and remind yourself of your goal: successfully potty train your child. Going back to using diapers can be pretty tempting, especially if things get rough and tough, but remind yourself that you’ve made it this far and a little bump won’t make you give up. Try to stick to your routine and stay calm even if he’s having constant accidents. If your child finds it hard to remember his routine, make it a fun experience by creating a progress chart and personalizing his chair with stickers.