Potty Training Regression- How to handle it.

My daughter will be three in May. She was doing good with the potty for quite a while up in till like three months ago, she was never in big kid underwear for the whole day but had training pants and not too many accidents,but lately she goes in the training pants just about everytime please help! thank you

Sincerely Lauren

Hello Lauren,

I am sorry it has taken a couple of days to get back to you. I was out of town and only had limited email access.

What kind of training pants are you using? Are you using pull ups?

My recommendations are that once a child is using the potty - use only cloth training pants. There are many choices and selections available. Pull ups are glorified diapers, so children do not feel the accident.

If you are using cloth potty training pants and she is having accident in them, than it is probably a matter of control.

Have you read the article on Potty Training Readiness? Read the part at the very bottom on Emotional Growth and Social Awareness. If this is the case with your daughter - then back off and try again later when s/he moved into the more positive phase of self mastery.

Last but not least, not sure if you use consequences for behavior. As Dr Phil would say, find out what her currency is and then you may want to give her consequences for wetting her pants.

Hope this has been helpful. Please let me know how thing are going.

Narmin Parpia

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potting training (3/4/2012) Reviewer: Ivy (Columbus, oh) I have three girls. Ages 3, 2, 1. My three year old is already potty trained and has been for about a year now. But now I am tring to get my two year old into it, but she does not want to learn. what can I do to help get her involved?
At Wits End (5/17/2009) Reviewer: Joshua (Cape Girardeau, MO)

I have a seven year old child, he is having an issue with urinating in his pants at school and at friends house.

He doesn't have any medical problems that I am aware of. He was doing fine until I moved in with my ex-girlfriend, he was introduced to other children and I don't know if that is the problem, but I don't know what to do to get him to stop, I am at Wits End with him.

I am at work at the moment and my friend who is keeping him with his 7 year old daughter just came into my workplace and asked if he has to remind him to use the bathroom, because he has urinated in his vehicle and I am embarrassed of my child doing this.

Please Help.