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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Guilt trip


Sometimes I guilt trip my sweet girl and now I know that I definitely should not!!

Thank you Pampers


Thanks for the good articles and advice!

Good tips


Great tips! Accidents are frustrating to say the least. I am glad to know this is a common problem!

Clean up


Great idea regarding helping them clean up. My little one loves to clean up anything right now, so this is right in line with that too.

Great advice


Toddlers are toddlers and it makes sense not to make them accountable for accidents. Sometimes they forget, sometimes they get distracted but no matter the reason it is important to forgive and try, try again.

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