Potty Training Regressions

Are you feeling like your child started to get the hang of using the potty but they’re recently having more accidents than usual, or they’ve reverted back to where you started? You're not alone, it’s more common than you think. Being consistent and aware will help you on your potty training journey.

Refusing to potty train

Some children can be more challenging than others to toilet train, therefore forming a new routine will help them learn to use the potty in and around their existing daily routine. Remember, it can take time to establish a new routine but consistency is key. Offer them incentives and rewards for their attempts and if they’re resisting, take a short break and try again another time.


One of the biggest factors in potty training regression is the child feeling too stressed to use the toilet. If you believe that your child is finding toilet training too stressful, try introducing some fun back into their routine. Using stickers to let them decorate their potty, playing games and singing songs while on the potty are great ways to help your child feel more at ease using it.

Lifestyle change

Sometimes, changes in their day to day routine can affect your child's attitude to and confidence in potty training. Has your child had a recent change in their day to day routine?

Some typical scenarios include:

  • Change of attending nursery or school
  • A new addition to the family such as a sibling
  • Moving house

It is often the same milestones in our own lives that we get affected by; the changes that shake our worlds a little, that indeed affect little ones too. You're in this together and finding a time that suits you both while looking for typical signs of readiness will help you to keep the consistency you need to reach toilet success.

Poo anxiety

Feeling nervous about going for a poo is common amongst children who are in the stages of potty training. This feeling of apprehension can sometimes be known as poo anxiety. Pooing into the toilet can be daunting for some kids, especially if they’re worried about their poo hurting them, receiving splashback and even the sensation of the poo no longer sitting in their nappies which has always been familiar to them.

Our potty training solution

Huggies® Pull-Ups® are uniquely designed to help your child understand when they’ve had an accident. With the handy learning layer, your child will feel the sensation of wet underwear briefly before the urine is absorbed. This is a great way of letting your little one know when they’ve had an accident without the mess you’ll get from a regular pant, whilst the realistic underwear design will make your Big Kid feel proud of being out of nappies and nappy pants, and a step closer to Big Kid underwear. Providing learning and protection day and night, our night-time version carries all the same benefits plus extra absorbency for night-long protection. For extra support and ease on your potty training journey, try the Huggies® Pull-Ups® Moist Toilet Tissue which are designed to breakdown and flush away safely after use.

Discover more about Huggies® Pull-Ups® and how they can help your child on their quest to becoming a Big Kid.