Potty training: Getting past regression

Vanessa knew potty training her daughter Lauren would be a challenge, but she didn’t know that regression — taking steps backward instead of moving forward — would be a big part of progress.

“We had gotten bits of advice from people as to what worked for them, but really, we didn’t know how it would pertain to her,” Vanessa said. “We kind of had this idea that they potty train right away and everything’s perfect and they never have an accident again.”

When Lauren started to potty train at 30 months, Vanessa thought they had everything under control. Things were going smoothly for a while, but then Lauren regressed big time. Vanessa didn’t want to put her back in diapers, so they began a process of figuring out what to do.

Taking the pressure off, Vanessa said, was a relief for everyone. It was also particularly special for Vanessa to see Lauren successful and proud of herself again.

“It was a big moment in our house, for her and for us as parents,” Vanessa said. “We kept feeling like we were failing – we were failing her, we were failing us, we were failing. In reality, there is no failing. It’s all part of moving forward.”

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