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How Many Accidents Are Too Many?

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We’ll be the first to admit that potty training is hard work! You and your child are living and breathing everything toilet related and trying very hard. But those toilet training accidents still happen, and they’ve got you worried.

Thankfully, for most of these wee accidents, you don’t need to be worried at all. Today we’ll chat about how to manage little setbacks and what to do if you’re at all concerned.

Help! My Child is Having Toilet Training Accidents!

Right from the start, let’s be clear on the difference between toilet training accidents and regression. Accidents are when your child is learning to use the toilet but doesn’t make it to the bathroom in time. Regression is when they know what to do and can do it but start having wet undies once more. Both accidents and regression are normal, but we appreciate can be concerning for parents.

There is no right or wrong answer as to the amount of accidents which are ‘normal’. For some children, two accidents a week is normal, and for others it may be daily. If you are concerned, make an appointment to meet up with your Plunket Nurse or GP for advice and further testing if required.

How Should You Manage Toilet Training Accidents? 

Being prepared is the key to managing those little accidents by:

  • Going to the toilet often – we mean a lot!
  • Keeping your eyes peeled for the nearest toilet when you are away from home
  • Having spare clothes at the ready
  • Taking the potty with you when you go out, if possible
  • Keeping an eye out for the “I’m busting” dance
  • Using a reward chart
  • Making sure everyone goes to the toilet before leaving home

If accidents happen, don’t make a big deal out of it. Just cleaning them up and sending them on their way is the best way to handle them.