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My almost 3yr old has been potty trained since September. He even did a good a job when daddy came home from deployment in December. all of a sudden the past 2 weeks he's been having accident after accident, not telling us when he has to go or anything. it's really frustrating! any advice? nothing has changed, we still keep the same routine, i don't know what could have caused the regression. should i start from the beginning?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:18 PM on Feb. 18, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My dd regressed after having her immunizations for a couple weeks but we just kept trying and added a prize and now she's back on track again. Good Luck!

    Answer by vowens82 at 6:20 PM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • Prizes often work well, we gave a smartie for every wee or poop.
    It is really normal for them to regress, it is like when you first learnt to drive and you were hyper careful, checking everything every two seconds. Then after you'd been driving a while, you relaxed, figured it was all under control. I bet you swerved a few times and had some silly close calls, cos you stopped being so focused on it. Same thing. He'll get it together soon enough, don't worry

    Answer by myheartx4 at 7:06 PM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • Totally normal. Sometimes the change that brings about the regression is something you can't see... like some major cognitive development he's making that is making it harder for him to focus for awhile. I think whatever you did to make it happen back in September, bring it out again (small rewards, etc). Try not to give it all your attention -- just be matter-of-fact about it. He should be back on track before you know it. Avoid at all costs the temptation to use diapers or pull-ups. It will pass...

    Answer by EmilySusan at 7:55 PM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • mine did the same thing last month, it lasted two wks. i started the reward things again but if she peed on the carpet she did get time out. after two wks it stop and she went back to normal

    Answer by piwife at 8:13 PM on Feb. 18, 2010

  • I wouldn't punish a toddler for having an accident, he's not even 3 yet, positive re-inforcement and ringing all the bells and whistles when he gets it right will go a long way to getting him back on track. He isn't really even aware of good behaviour v's bad behaviour so unless you think he is deliberately peeing his pants to cause you trouble  punishment like time out is not necessary and is a bit mean, we have all had accidents, noones perfect and he's just a toddler


    Answer by myheartx4 at 8:37 PM on Feb. 18, 2010

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