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, walking
Being extra tired or having more people around - if you are extra tired
that can also translate in more misses too
Reactions to food or other environmental things (chemicals or pollens)
Family disruptions - eg moving, people coming to stay, travel, etc
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.