35 Months Old

Potty Training Regression?

I thought my toddler was potty trained. But now, not so much. What do I do?

Just when you thought you were ready to stop buying diapers, your toddler starts having accidents again. A lot of them. Don’t worry — it’s totally normal and very common. Potty training typically doesn’t follow a straight linear path. There are often dips along the way.

The regression could be a sign that your child is not fully ready to be potty trained. Two key areas she should have already mastered: She’s dry when she wakes up from her naps or in the morning after a night’s sleep, and she recognizes when she has to pee or poop. It’s only when you have both of these elements that you can expect a smooth transition.

Also remember that a household disruption, like having a new baby brother or sister or moving homes, can cause a significant setback in potty training. Be patient — she’ll get there eventually. 

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By Hannah Chow-Johnson, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and pediatrician at Loyola University Health System