Babies-Toddler Vivian | 27 Dec 2010 06:00 pm

Regression Potty Training

When your child is going through regression, potty training can become even more challenging than it already was when you first started.

Now that your child has already become potty trained for the most part, you now have a child on your hands who, for some reason, voluntarily or involuntarily, is ignoring all of his training and has regressed back to going to the bathroom in his or her diapers, instead of on the toilet.

You have a child who knows how to use the toilet, but simply won’ t.

What could be causing your child to go through this phase?

Wouldn’t it be nice if your toddler could simply just tell you why he or she is doing this?

Unfortunately, toddlers are generally limited in their capacity to articulate emotional concerns, like if your child is feeling frightened, uncomfortable, or upset about something, or has somehow come to associate the potty with some bad memories or other negative correlation.

Have there been any significant changes in your child’s life recently? Any physical changes? Environmental changes? Circumstantial changes? Did your child recently have a negatively reinforcing experience recently?

Regression potty training is an essential part of the overall potty training process, in which you must help your child overcome the barriers that are preventing him or her from achieving the sensibility to restrict relieving oneself to a toilet and nowhere else. These barriers are what are responsible for regression. One of the most common misconceptions about regression potty training is that it means that you, as a parent, are back to square one, in terms of needing to retrain your child again.

The key to helping your child overcome potty training regression is to be able to pinpoint and to be able to understand the triggers that may have inadvertently caused your child to enter this regressive phase to begin with.

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