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Should I stop potty training if my toddler is sick or going through a big change, like moving or starting school?

Hi everyone,

My 2-year-old toddler is currently going through a lot of changes. We are in the process of moving houses, and on top of that, she has been sick with a cold for the past week. We started potty training a few weeks ago, and she was making great progress until these recent changes and sickness.

I'm wondering if I should continue with the potty training or hold off until things settle down a bit for her. I don't want to overwhelm her or cause any unnecessary stress. Has anyone else gone through a similar situation? Any advice or insights would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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karli.reichel

Greetings!

My 2.5-year-old son got sick around the same time we started potty training, and I had a similar dilemma. We had been making good progress with potty training, but I didn't want to push him when he wasn't feeling well.

What worked best for us was to keep our options open. We withheld from pushing him to use the potty but kept the cues straightforward and consistent. We made sure to keep him in diapers, just in case he wasn't ready yet. If he didn't want to sit on the potty, we didn't force it.

We took a break for a few days while he was recovering, but we didn't entirely give up. We minimally continued with the training, so he didn't entirely lose his progress. It's essential to be patient and allow your little one to lead the way, keeping your options open can make all the difference.

I hope this helps!

gorczany.hershel

Hey there!

I've been in a similar situation with my 3-year-old son. We were in the process of moving to a new city, and he was getting used to the idea of starting at a new preschool. We had started potty training a few months earlier, but with all the changes happening, he seemed to be constantly regressing.

What worked for us was to take a step back and let him adjust to the new changes without the added pressure of potty training. We didn't force him to sit on the potty or wear underwear, but we also didn't discourage him from doing so if he felt comfortable.

I think it's important to listen to your child's cues and let them lead the way. If they seem overwhelmed or stressed out, it's okay to put potty training on hold for a little while until things settle down. In the end, it's all about making the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible for both you and your child.

Hope this helps!

katelin40

Hello everyone,

This is an excellent question, and I completely relate to this dilemma. When my son started preschool, he was about 3 years old, and he loved going there. At that same time, we started potty training him. He made good progress until he started feeling overwhelmed with the newness of school and everything else.

We decided to put potty training on hold and focused on other aspects for a while. It's essential to listen to your child and be compassionate towards what they are going through. Once he felt more comfortable at school, we reintroduced the potty training slowly, and this time it was much more successful.

My advice would be to be patient and to trust your instincts when it comes to knowing what is best for your little one. Every child is different and handles changes differently. Enforcing a strict timeline on potty training may lead to setbacks and cause unnecessary pressure for both you and your child.

I hope this helps, and good luck with your potty training journey!

schumm.effie

Hi there,

I completely understand where you're coming from. My daughter was in the same boat when we had to move houses while we started potty training. It can be a challenging time for both the child and parents alike.

We decided to be flexible with potty training during this time. We didn't stop potty training altogether, but we were prepared to take a step back if things became too stressful for her. We still had her try to use the potty when she wanted, but we didn't force it upon her either.

We made sure to take our time during the transition period and kept her feeling comfortable and safe during this time. Once she was more settled in our new home, we reintroduced potty training, and thankfully, she picked up right where she left off.

So if you feel that your child is feeling overwhelmed, don't worry about taking a break from potty training for a little while. It's important to make sure that they feel secure and happy before trying to push them forward in any other big milestones.

Good luck, and I hope this helps!

lind.britney

Hello there!

I faced a similar dilemma when my daughter was sick and we had started potty training at the same time. I decided to put potty training on hold until she recovered from her sickness. Her health was my top priority, and she needed all our attention and care.

Once she was feeling better, I waited for a week before starting potty training again. The break helped her to recover and refocus. We started slowly and patiently again, and this time around, it went much more smoothly.

I would advise against pushing your child when they are stressed or experiencing a significant change, as it may do more harm than good. It's essential to give them time to adjust, and when they are ready, they will let you know. Remember, every child is different, and potty training is a unique journey for each one of them.

Wishing you and your little one all the best!

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