Once upon a time, I had a sweet little girl out of diapers and wearing panties. Oh how she loved to wear her princess panties and choose the pair that coordinated with that day of the week written on them. She was praised. She was given stickers, rewards and inspirational words of praise.
And then, the unimaginable happened.
My sweet little potty trained girl started peeing her pants and her bed. WHY?! And how?
So, how does a person handle potty training regression without having to whip the diapers back out onto the tush of a 5-year child?
Take it from me…it’s not easy but I have a few tips that can and hopefully will help you, your sanity and your little one want to wear dry big girl panties.
1. Be calm and STAY calm: Even though you are a frustrated mama, dad or grandparent, you need to keep telling yourself that this is normal! This icky regression could be happening for many reasons, but it can be fixed and will be fixed.
2. Don’t Punish Your Child:
Punishing your child for bedwetting or any accidents will only backfire. Some kids will take attention in any form, even if it is negative!
3. Offer Positive Reinforcement:
Instead of getting all worked up over an accident, just clean up the accident without making a major deal out of it and move on. Instead, give your child the attention for other good habits they are showing…for example, maybe they are remembering to was their hands or using their manners. Praise them!
4. See Your Doctor:
If you can have a good talk with your pediatrician perhaps they can give you some good advice and eliminate the possibility of infection. It is possible an infection exists!
You should acknowledge that you know it’s difficult to keep up with everything happening in your child’s life. Kids can get stressed out easily over things. Try using a story from your childhood about a time when you regressed and reassure them that it is normal!
6. Reinforce Training:
Your little one was trained at one point, so you know that training can be done. Start out slow. Set times to sit on the potty and make it a part of the routine. Try not to make a big deal out of it, just incorporate it into your child’s day.
7. Make Expectations Clear:
Tell your child you expect them to resume heading to the potty and having clean undies. They can do this (and so can you)!
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