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Potty-Trained Toddlers and Accidents

Potty-Trained Toddlers and 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 cleanup is so important.

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Potty Training

May 4/26/2016
As a parent of a 2 year old it becomes frustrating to potty train. This article offers good advice, straight to the point.

thanks for the comment

Tabebuia 4/13/2016
My son is starting to be interested in going potty. These tips are useful to read at this time. Thanks!

Really?

emilykardt 3/30/2016
Express your regret to a three year old? I guess I should have been an M.D, M. P.H. Wow....

GOOD REMINDERS

3/27/2016
THIS IS ALWAYS STRESSFUL FOR PARENTS...

Consistensy

Ash 3/24/2016
My 2 yr old has been using the potty since a few week before she was 12 months old! And for the most part she will come tell me that she needs to go, and she never has an accident at night but some days she just about refuses to go lol, I don't know what to do. I wonder if a prize basket would be some incentive to keep her going. I know that accidents do happen, but with another baby on the way, in my mind it would be wonderful to have her fully trained with no accidents by August.
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