If your child seems ready but struggles with potty training, parents should try to figure out why.
The University of Michigan Health System suggests:
- If your child doesn’t seem interested, consider stopping potty training and trying again after a couple of weeks.
- Skip disposable training pants and opt for cloth, which will help your child feel wetness.
- Praise your child for doing well, but do not punish or get angry with your child for setbacks.
- Don’t worry if your child still has accidents at night. This usually ends by about age 6.
- Don’t pressure your child, which may result in your child holding a stool and causing constipation. Don’t give your child a laxative unless the pediatrician recommends so.
- Offer positive reinforcement for notifying you and recognizing the need to go if your child asks for a diaper to have a bowel movement. Encourage your child to have the bowel movement in the bathroom.