Potty-trained Toddlers and Accidents

Potty-trained Toddlers and Accidents

Uh-oh… There’s a telltale puddle near your potty-trained child. Get tips on how to handle potty training accidents.

Don't blow up when you see a puddle under or near your "toilet-trained" toddler. Instead, point it out, express your regret, quickly change his clothes, help him wipe up the puddle and put the wet things in the laundry. Your child can and should help clean up, but try not to turn the experience into a guilt trip. Yelling and long discussions won't help either.

Forgive: sometimes they forget
Children really can't say why accidents happen, so don't press your child for explanations. One common cause of accidents is sheer forgetfulness: children this age can get so caught up in an activity that they forget to pay attention to the signals their bladder is sending them.

Help them handle the problem
They might also be under stress from a big change like a new daycare setting, for example, or a baby in the house.
Young children lack insight into their own behavior, but they do need to know how to handle the problem when it occurs. That's why enlisting your toddler's help in accident clean-up is so important.
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When do accidents stop?


My five year old son is still having accidents several times a week, help!

Stay calm


I was at a loss when I came across this article and it helped so much. I was trying to explain things to her and quickly moving on helped much more,

Useful article


It helps to remember that they are so busy learning and growing that the occasional accident is going to happen!



Thanks for this article. We are at the beginning of potty training right now.

Potty training


My daughter is in the process of potty training and this has happened quite a few times and I never knew how to approach the "issue". This gave me a lot of insight! thank you!

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