Regression In Potty Training – Part 1


You are so excited your child has been using the potty reliably for a while, and quite frankly, you probably thought you were done. And then this: one accident after the next after the next….and you ask yourself “What in the world happened? Do I need to start all over again?”

The answer is: most likely not. Truth be told, regression is absolutely normal. I distinctly remember Julian having been “dry and clean” for months, and then suddenly he wet his pants at least once a day.

Try to find out the cause behind the regression. It may not be obvious, or you may not directly connect it to the potty accidents. The first thing is to simply ask your child. He just may tell you – as long as he feels safe with you, so make sure you are loving, patient and understanding.


Here are some possible reasons for regression – see if any of these apply:

  • Did you move recently?
  • Have you changed daycare or started her in a new program?
  • Have you had a new baby?
  • Did you separate from your partner or do you have a new partner?
  • Did anything traumatic happen in your family?
  • Is something exciting coming up that she may be looking forward to?


If you can pinpoint the reason, address it with your child so that she feels you understand her.

In the next post, I will share helpful ideas how to get back on track – so check back soon and hang in there :)!



Marion Solis


P.S.: For an extensive discussion about regression and the solutions, check out "The Ultimate Potty Training Guide" at


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2 Responses to “Regression In Potty Training – Part 1”

  1. Susan Says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. potty Says:

    I am excited you are enjoying it! I am currently focusing on putting the finishing touches on my updated “Utimate Potty Training Guide” and adding a fresh, new graphic design. As soon as that’s done, I am back to blogging. Stay tuned!

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