Potty training accidents; how to handle them

It seems my child is determined to test my patience. She is three years old and can use the potty very well. Sometimes she gets up from the potty and pees on the floor. Or she asks to use the potty when I am very busy and then does nothing. Or she doesn’t want to use the potty, but as soon as we are in the car, she messes in her car seat. I feel she is doing this on purpose.

Regarding potty training, toddlers have their own timetable. Most are ready to potty train sometime between their second and third birthdays, however, some are ready before their second birthday, whilst some master the skill later, after their third birthday. Readiness is not related to intelligence or developmental growth. It’s not a race. And remember it is unwise to force the issue, as this will lead to resistance. Only your daughter can let you know when she is ready. Let her take the lead in potty training by showing you some of the signs of readiness indicated below.

And remember accidents are more likely to happen under the following circumstances:
When your toddler is tired she will revert to babyish behaviour.
Stress, separation, a new baby, a new nanny. Then it’s nice to be a baby again.
Excitement can cause a loss of bladder control. Also when a child is very engaged in a game or a learning activity, she will simply “forget”.
If your child wants to use the potty, but seemingly cannot hold it in, and this is frequently the case, ask your doctor to do a urine test for urinary tract infection.

And don’t give up hope. If you feel that your child will never master the potty, remember that it’s just a matter of time – and patience. +27 (0)81 885 4683

*Important : The information provided is for information purposes only. No medical diagnosis or prescription can be inferred or is implied. Please consult your doctor for medical advice.

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