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My toddler is regressing during potty training, what should I do?

Hi everyone,

I am a first-time mom and I need some help with potty training my toddler. My son is 2.5 years old and we had been making good progress with potty training. He was using the toilet and even told me when he needed to go. However, recently he has started to regress and is having more accidents. He is also refusing to use the toilet and insists on wearing diapers. I'm not sure what to do to get him back on track. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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Hello everyone,

I'm a mom to a 4-year-old who has been potty trained for a while now. However, we also experienced regression during the training process, and what worked for us was to introduce a reward system.

We created a chart and stickers, and every time my daughter would use the potty correctly, she received a sticker. After collecting a certain number of stickers, she would get a small reward like a toy or a book. This made her excited about using the potty since she looked forward to earning a sticker and eventually, a reward.

In addition to the reward system, we also made sure to take occasional breaks to avoid overwhelming her. If she ever had accidents, we made sure not to make a big deal out of it and instead comforted her while also encouraging her to try using the potty again.

Lastly, be flexible and adjust the training process to what works best for your child. What worked for us may not work for you, so don't be afraid to try different approaches.

Remember that potty training takes time, patience, and perseverance. Ultimately, with consistent effort, your child will be successful in using the potty on their own.


Hi there,

I have a 3-year-old daughter, and we have recently completed potty training. My daughter had some regression during the process, but we tried a few things that worked for us. Here is what helped us with our daughter:

1. Consistency is key: Consistency is key when it comes to potty training. It is important to have a consistent routine and stick to it.

2. Get your child involved: Encourage your child to be involved in the process. Let them pick out their own underwear or potty seat, and make it a fun and exciting experience for them.

3. Avoid punishment: It's important not to punish your child when they have accidents. Instead, be patient and offer encouragement when they use the toilet correctly.

4. Make it a habit: Encourage your child to use the toilet at regular intervals, such as after meals or before going to bed. This will help them get into a routine and create a habit.

5. Be flexible: Every child is unique and what worked for someone else may not work for your child. Be flexible, try different approaches and find the best fit for your child.

Remember, potty training is a process, and it may take some time for your child to fully master it. However, with patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement, you can make this a successful experience for both you and your child. Good luck!


Hi there,

I'm here to share my experience with potty training my 3-year-old son, who also experienced regression during the process. We tried different strategies, but the one that worked for us was the "no diaper, no problem" approach.

What this meant is that we gave our son the freedom to choose when he wanted to wear underwear instead of a diaper. This eliminated the pressure and frustration he had with the potty training process, which led to more successful attempts in using the toilet.

We also made sure that he had easy access to the toilet. We placed potty chairs in every room and encouraged him to use them whenever he felt the need.

When accidents happened, we didn't scold him, but instead, we showed him how to clean up after himself, which also helped him take responsibility.

In conclusion, the "no diaper, no problem" approach can be very effective in reducing the pressure during potty training. Remember to be patient and consistent, and don't forget to praise your child when they make progress.



I can relate to your situation as I am also a mom to a 2-year-old who is undergoing potty training. Like you, I've also experienced my daughter's regression, but what we did was we tried a different approach.

First, we avoided asking our little girl if she needed to go to the potty every time. We've noticed that it would frustrate her and she would cry a lot. Instead, we transitioned from asking her every time to gently reminding her that it's time to go, and this helped a lot.

Secondly, we've learned that our child is more likely to use the potty if she's relaxed and not feeling pressured. So, we made her favorite toys available while on the potty or even singing songs to her.

Lastly, when accidents happen, we don't reprimand her; we just stay positive and gently remind her that poop or pee goes in the potty.

Potty training takes time, and it's a learning curve for both parents and toddlers. Remember to stay patient and consistent with your training, and most importantly, listen and understand your child's needs. Good luck!


Hi there,

I'm a mom to a 2.5-year-old toddler who's been potty training for a few months now, and we've also experienced regression along the way.

To help my daughter overcome this regression, I bought her big girl underwear with her favorite cartoon character printed on them. This was very encouraging and helped motivate her to use the potty. We also set up a reward system where my daughter would receive a small toy every time she successfully used the potty.

Another strategy that worked for us was to make the potty training process fun. We sang nursery rhymes while sitting on the potty, read books about potty training, and even did little dances before and after using the toilet. This made the whole process more enjoyable and less of a chore.

Lastly, we involved my daughter in the cleaning process when she had an accident. We made it a fun game and used it as an opportunity to teach her responsibility.

Overall, the key to successful potty training is to be patient, consistent, and most of all, positive. Every child learns at their own pace, so don't be too hard on yourself or your toddler if it takes longer than expected. With a positive attitude and the right strategies, your child will be potty trained in no time!


Hi there! I totally understand what you are going through. My daughter went through a similar phase when we were potty training her. Here are a few tips that worked for us and may help you too:

1. Be patient: Regression is common during potty training and it's important to be patient with your child.

2. Find out the reason: Try to figure out if there is any reason behind your toddler's regression. It could be a change in routine, a new caregiver, or any other factor that is making them uncomfortable.

3. Take a break: If your child is resisting and insisting on wearing diapers, take a break from potty training for a few days or weeks. This will give them time to adjust and ease any anxiety they may have.

4. Reward/praise: Keep encouraging your child and offer praise and rewards whenever they do use the toilet. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in motivating them to continue.

5. Try different approaches: Every child is unique and what works for one may not work for the other. Try different approaches like using a potty seat, reading books about potty training, or singing a song every time they use the toilet.

I hope these tips help you out. Remember, every child is different and it's important to find what works for your toddler. Good luck!


Hello everyone,

I'm a dad to a 2-year-old son who is in the middle of the potty training process, and we've also experienced regression. However, what helped us was to create a routine and stick to it.

We established a regular schedule for potty breaks, making sure that my son used the toilet every few hours. Initially, we used a timer that signaled when it was time to try, but eventually, my son got used to the routine and started telling us when he needed to go.

During the potty breaks, we also made sure to have quality alone time with him while sitting on the potty. We read books or play simple games, which made him feel more at ease and relaxed.

In addition, we have avoided liquids before bedtime and made sure my son went to the toilet before sleeping. Over time, he has become more independent and able to go to the potty by himself.

Like other users mentioned, patience is key during this process, and it's essential to find what works best for your child. Every child is unique, so one strategy may not work for everyone. With a little bit of patience and by sticking to a routine, your child will be successfully potty trained in no time. Good luck!


Hi everyone,

As a mom to a 3-year-old son who has been potty trained for some time now, I understand how difficult regression can be during the process. However, what helped us overcome this is by making sure that the potty training process was low-pressure.

We introduced the potty gradually, allowing our son to sit on it whenever he wanted to without pressuring him to produce results. We even allowed him to wear pull-ups for longer than necessary to ensure he was comfortable in his own time.

We also made sure that the potty was easily accessible and could be used whenever he wanted to, rather than setting specific times for him to use it or asking him constantly if he needed to go.

Another thing we did was to reward him with praise every time he used the potty correctly, without resorting to bribes or material things.

Ultimately, the key to successful potty training is to remain patient, understanding, and relaxed. Understand that every child is different and will progress at their own pace. While regression can be frustrating, try to stay positive, and avoid putting too much pressure on your child. That way, they will be more likely to embrace the process and ultimately become potty trained.

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