Get Ready For Potty Regression

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Potty regression can be a confusing and overwhelming experience, especially for new parents. But don’t worry, potty regression is actually very common in toddlers and it usually lasts a few weeks.

Let’s take a look at what potty regression is, why it happens, and how to manage it.

Get Ready For Potty Regression
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What is Potty Regression?

Potty regression is when your toddler starts to refuse to use the toilet, even though they have been potty trained for some time. This can manifest itself in different ways such as having accidents during the day or refusing to poop on the toilet. Your toddler could also start asking for diapers even though they haven’t worn one in months or even years.

Why Does It Happen?

Potty regression often occurs when your toddler goes through a period of major change or stress in their life. This could be something like starting daycare or having a new sibling come into the house. It can also happen if your toddler isn’t getting enough sleep or feels overwhelmed by a recent change in their routine. The good news is that this stage usually doesn’t last longer than a few weeks and will pass eventually!

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How Can I Manage Potty Regression?

The most important thing you can do during this time is to remain patient and supportive of your toddler’s needs.

Try not to scold them for accidents or make them feel bad about not wanting to use the toilet anymore – this will only lead to more frustration and confusion for them. Instead, focus on providing positive reinforcement when they do successfully use the toilet and try not to make such a big deal out of accidents that occur.

You might also want to adjust their daily routine so that they aren’t feeling too stressed out or overwhelmed with changes in their environment.


Potty regression can be an overwhelming experience but remember that it usually doesn’t last very long and you are absolutely capable of managing it.

With patience, understanding, and consistent positive reinforcement, you will help your toddler get back on track with using the toilet again soon.

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