Ack... regression?

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Registered: 10-01-2006
Ack... regression?
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Mon, 04-20-2009 - 1:35pm

My daughter is 22 months old and we began potty training in earnest (i.e. moving from diapers to cloth training pants, except at bedtime) just before the Easter weekend. I made a chart with reward stickers and she picked it up very quickly. Soon she was staying dry all day, and even started telling us when she had to go. I got so confident, I could take her out for several hours and she would still be dry when we got home.

Yesterday, however, things started to backslide. Just as I suggested to my husband that maybe we could give up the training pants and switch to underwear, she peed on the floor, and two more times that morning. Today is only half over and already she has had 5 accidents. We never had 5 accidents in one day, even when she was just learning. I'm trying not to make a big deal of it, but I am tearing my hair out here! What can I do? Where did we go wrong?

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Registered: 04-11-2004
In reply to: omg06
Wed, 04-22-2009 - 10:14pm

omg06, Hi and welcome to the Toilet Teaching board.

Regression is normal, and there are a few threads in the folder below on ideas on how to continue. You are also in the early stages of training, and your DD could have lost the interest that she had, (also very common). There is nothing wrong with taking a break and re-evaluating the situation. You can follow your DD lead during this time, and if she wants to use the potty encourage her, if not don't make a big deal about it. Set a time fr your DD to start using the potty again. Maybe try a different method or methods. This can be a trying time, just keep your patience. Please keep us updated on your DD progress.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: omg06
Mon, 04-27-2009 - 4:32pm

Hello omg06.


As she is still young,I would agree with Christina,hold back for a week,then,as she is used to wearing the cloth trainers,( are they the all-in-ones or regular cloth with plastic panties?),I would not go back to diapers or pull-ups,they just give the child permission to use them.


Set the kitchen timer for about every hour,or her regular time when you know she normally goes,and race her to the potty when it goes off.


personally,I would put the plastic panties on over her regular panties right from the start and let her know,she can stop wearing them when she starts using the potty most of the time,but always for the first few weeks when going out.


I hope this helps.


Please keep us up-dated.


Mac

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Registered: 10-01-2006
In reply to: omg06
Mon, 04-27-2009 - 8:28pm

Thanks for the responses; we were back on track after a couple of days. She still has an accident here and there, but it's not a big deal. It's usually my fault for losing track of time and forgetting to take her to the potty. She will often alert us when she needs to go, but certainly not often enough! Today was a big milestone though, we were out having fun at our local science museum and she suddenly stopped and said "I have to go to the potty" so I ran her into the washroom and she used a public toilet for the first time.

She almost always says "no!" when we ask her if she has to go, but more often than not this is not true! I guess it's par for the course with an almost-two-year-old.

-Heather

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Registered: 04-11-2004
In reply to: omg06
Mon, 04-27-2009 - 9:36pm
Heather, Thank you for the update. Yeah for the milestone that your DD hit today. Keep up the good work!
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