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Potty training can be hard for some kids. It can be rough on both the child and the parent and can sometimes take longer than you would think to fully train your child. Unforeseen little bumps in the road can take a successful few days and turn you right back to the starting line. It can be frustrating, tiring, stressful and sometimes messy but we all know that it WILL be worth it if we can stick it out to the end…we are all just hoping that the finish line comes sooner rather than

My first son experienced regression as we potty trained him thanks to a fear of flushing the toilet (we later found out he has sensory processing disorder) and then a trip we took that we just weren’t prepared for. My second son refused to poop in the toilet for a very long time, holding him back from being fully trained. It’s not the case for every toddler, but these things happen. Luckily, there are experts to help answer your questions so you and your child partner up to be successful in potty training!

Should I be worried about regression?

Of course it’s a natural concern, but regression is totally normal. Dr. Heather Wittenberg, Pull-Ups® partner and child development expert, says that regressions are “the normal setbacks that just naturally happen during the meandering journey of potty training.” Find out more below.

It’s a learning journey for both of you (even if you’ve done this before, each child is different) so while it’s ok to worry about your child having a potty training regression, know that it’s normal and will pass. Just keep working with them and stay patient!

What should I do if my kid is taking forever to poop?

I personally struggle with wanting to push my kids to poop in the potty to just be done with potty training, when in reality I know that pushing them can lead to them not wanting to go. Dr. Wittenberg says that patience is key – children who are forced before they are ready will likely withhold from pooping all together. Check out more below.

This is a hard one, but I now understand that having flexibility here will prevent the number one enemy of potty training – constipation – from developing. I like to help my kids learn to poop by showing them how to push and avoiding constipation by making sure my kids have a balanced diet.

What should I do if potty training isn’t working after a while?

I also had an experience with my first son where he just wasn’t interested and was having multiple accidents per day. Take a look at what Dr. Wittenberg suggests in case your little one is having the same troubles.

We did exactly what Dr. Wittenberg suggests: took the pressure off. She says to “align with your child’s own motivations.” If they aren’t motivated or into it, step back for a few weeks and then try again with a refreshed outlook.

Don’t forget that it’s a partnership to potty train your child. Parents and children working together will make for successful potty training, and listening to them and their fears, discomfort and lack of interest will help you guide them forward in the most effective ways!

Thankfully, partnering with your child is so much easier with the Pull Ups® Potty Partnership, a system that brings your child into the journey as a true partner, custom tailored to their personality and how they learn. Take the potty personality quiz to determine which of the five potty training personalities your child is (I’ve got a Puppy and a Squirrel on my hands!), and that will give you the tips, tools and advice based on your child’s personality to guide and support you as you and your child learn together, including potty charts, stickers and games.

Because my middle son has a Puppy personality, he is ready and eager to learn. It’s been a much different transition than it’s been with our little Squirrel. He’s busy and needs just a tad more attention and excitement to keep him interested and engaged.


Pair that with Pull-Ups® Training Pants, which are designed specifically to help teach potty training skills. They look and fit more like underwear, giving your child the independence to slide their own pants on and off, while also providing consistency for any learning style throughout his potty training journey. One of the best parts though is the easy open sides, since accidents are bound to happen and it’s easier when we can easily open the tabs to avoid the mess.

It’s not a cake walk to potty train your child, but hopefully these tips will help you through those setbacks and will help guide you and your child to that finish line!

How did you overcome your child’s potty training setbacks?