Toilet Training Accidents
You’re congratulating yourself and your child on a job well done. Your child is using the potty for both poos and wees, with night time wetting the only thing left to master. Except of course for those toilet training accidents. You know the ones: where they’re too busy to listen to their body cues, or don’t want to use public toilets. Perhaps they even demand to be put back into nappies again?
As a parent, these hurdles can be concerning, especially when you consider all the hard work you both put in! But, relax. Toilet training accidents and setbacks are normal. We’re going to discuss how to deal with these potty-training accidents and how to identify if there is a problem which needs professional advice.
How Many Toilet Training Accidents Are Normal?
First up, let’s identify the difference between accidents and regression. Accidents happen when your child is learning to use the toilet. Regression is when they have already learnt, but suddenly begin having accidents or want to wear nappies again. Both have the same result – wet undies and puddles on the floor!
In terms of how many accidents is too many, there is no right or wrong answer. Kids develop in their own time and while for some two accidents a week is normal, for others it may be daily. If you are concerned, it’s best to talk with a professional, such as your Plunket Nurse or GP. Ask for their advice and further tests if necessary.
Dealing with Potty Training Accidents
Be prepared is not just a motto for Scouts. It also applies to parents! There are several things you can do to help prevent and reduce toilet training accidents, including:
- Taking your child to the toilet regularly – every 30 minutes if need be
- Find out where the closest toilet is when you are out and about
- Keep spare clothes and undies in the same place, so your child knows where to find them
- If travelling, bring your potty along for the trip if you can
- Once you notice the signs, take them to the toilet immediately!
- Set up a reward chart – for each hour or day they stay dry, add a sticker
- Go to the toilet before you leave the house – both you and your child, so they see you as a role model
Most importantly, don’t make a big deal out of it. Be matter of fact, clean them up and send them on their way. Embarrassing them or drawing attention to the accidents may make things worse.