Some stages of the EC journey can seem more difficult and you may feel
as though you
are going backwards...
Rest assured that these challenges are temporary - sometimes known as
potty pauses - and when your little one gets back to it, you'll be
doing better than before.
There are times when more misses are likely:
- Developmental milestones - rolling, teething, crawling,
- Being extra tired or having more people around - if you are
that can also translate in more misses too
- Reactions to food or other environmental things (chemicals
- Getting sick
- Family disruptions - eg moving, people coming to stay,
If you can identify likely reasons for the pause, then just roll with
it and try again.
times it may be only after the fact that you will be able to look back
and understand why your baby wasn't responding to potty opps like
At times like this when your baby protests sitting on the
potty or refuses to go on the toilet and then makes a mess on the floor
seconds later, you may like to use the "Three Strikes and You're Out"
Give your little one three chances and then step back. If
you are using training pants and get tired of repeated negative
reactions to your offers, you might retreat to using a diaper or nappy
and offering less until you again have the energy or mind space to go
back to a more frequent potty offers.
Becoming stressed about the situation will only make things worse.
When dealing with life stresses:
back to offering just on waking and before bed, if that is all you can
- Add in other offers when and as you can.
- Talk about wee and poo
when you change her nappies.
- Take care of yourself and nap when LO
does. Subscribe to Daily Groove http://www.enjoyparenting.com/dailygroove
and read the emails every week day.
- Practise postponing or refusing
non-essential requests from people outside your immediate family (and
especially difficult extended family members).