In part four of our toilet training series, today our Mums are talking about regressions…
How did you manage regressions?
- My firstborn went back to night wetting after her second sister was born (she was 4). We just put extra sheets on the bed and took her to the toilet in her sleep until it passed. My middle child goes through phases of being easily distracted by fun things and wanting to hold on as long as possible – often until she wets her pants. I try for reminders and not to get too annoyed. SH
- It was usually associated with my husband being away or something. Lots of cuddles in between and not making a big deal of their accidents. SP
- J regressed with No. 2’s after she had an accident at day care that was quite an ordeal (first meal of mexican beef….say no more). It was three weeks of every emotion until we got back on track. I was very patient at first but regression is hard to handle after they have mastered the art of going to the potty. Patience was replaced by frustration and at times anger. I consulted all of the baby books I had and they all said the same thing, hang in there – so we did. Smiles through clenched teeth and small rewards slowly paid off. My mantra became a comment made by one of the authors in my baby books, “No-one walks down the aisle wearing a nappy”. TW
- We’ve never really had issues with regression. M goes through patches where he’s less attentive to the whole toilet thing than others, but usually that is because he’s tired, or unwell, or focusing his attention on somthing else, and he always comes good without any issues. KF
- We would go back a step and repeat what we did before. AH
- Treat them as no big deal. CO
Do you have any advice to share for managing toilet training regressions?
Great big thanks for sharing so generously go to Shae (Mum to 3 girls), Tanya (Mum to a pigeon pair), Amanda (Mum to 2 girls), Kate (Mum to 4 – two of each), Cath (Mum to 1+1) and Sarah (Mum to 2 boys and 1 girl).
Read the rest of the Everyday Mums Talk Toilet Training series;
- Part 1: How Did You Know Your Child Was Ready?
- Part 2: What Approach Did You Take to Toilet Training?
- Part 3: What ‘Equipment’ Did You Need to Start Potty Training? and Differences Training Girls and Boys
- Part 5: Sleep Time Toilet Training
- Part 6: Teaching Children to ‘Wipe’
- Part 7: What is Your #1 Tip for Toilet Training?