Potty Training Regression How To Fix It

Potty Training RegressionHow To Fix It

By: - Babies - September 15, 2011
potty training regression how to fix it

If you have a toddler who is experiencing potty training regression you are certainly not alone. Potty training regression can be quite common and though it can be quite frustrating, there are certainly tips and tricks you can enact that can help get your child right back on track. The first thing you want to do is make sure your child is old enough. You may want to know what age to potty train is best. The thing is, there is no exact age that is best for potty training. Typically you have to wait until your child is ready. One way to determine this is to know when your child’s elimination muscles are mature. Usually this happened from 12 to 24 months, but average age is 18 months. If your child is younger than 18 months, potty training regression could simply be due to the fact that their muscles are not yet developed.

Knowing what age to potty train your own child will depend on when they show the signs of muscle maturation. They will do things like signal when their bladder feels full. They may squat when they need to go to the bathroom or walk and hide in a certain area while going in their diaper. When they are showing these signs, it is probably time to begin some kind of potty training. As you can see, knowing what age to potty train your child doesn’t really matter much as there is no set age and you will just need to wait for cues from your child, no matter what their age.

Another reason for potty training regression is a change in their routine. This can be anything from welcoming a new sibling home, changing homes, having mom go back to work or going to pre-school. Anything that may be considered a “big deal”, may be cause for this regression.

The way to fix regression in potty training is to always reassure your child that they are not in trouble for this regression. You should not discipline your child for missing the moment to get to the potty. Handle it gently and reassure your child that it is a really good thing to go onto the potty and show that you are proud by setting up a reward system when your child goes.

The most important thing to do is to let your child be independent and choose to go on the potty by themselves.