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How do I deal with setbacks after completion?

toddler tantrum potty training regression and setbacks

Your LO is finally potty trained! Or so you thought…. Today Nicole answers questions from two mamas who have run into challenges after their kiddos completed potty training.


You Will Hear:

  • How to get to the root of sudden misses after completion
  • Strategies for giving your toddler the independence they are seeking
  • Tips for getting back on track
  • What other relatives and caregivers can do to support your efforts
  • How to tell if it might be time to seek outside/professional help


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Have you dealt with setbacks? How did you address it?


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Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 6 children (all under 12 yo) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)


  1. Avatar Mathilde on February 7, 2023 at 10:33 am

    Hello ! What about a 15mo who, naked or with training pants, started to go by herself on the potty (finally doing something in it !) during 3-4 days and then stopped ? (Still signing and willing to sit if she’s doing it though). We had a we away with diapers but it’s been more than a week now ! Thanks

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on February 13, 2023 at 4:14 pm

      She may be going through some developmental milestones, and may need a little redirection. Many parents include natural consequences into their EC practice by having baby help clean up any messes they make.

  2. Avatar Mathilde on February 7, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    To follow my previous comment about my 15 mo – new from tonight : I saw her look for privacy for the first time ; I brought the potty to her and told her she could poo and i would be back after. She closed the door when I left and re opened it maybe 3 min after. She showed me her poo … on the floor !! Mmmmm any comments on that ? She also sits to do nothing and the potty and since 2 or 3 days puts toys in it and then sits on it ;)

  3. Avatar Selen on May 1, 2024 at 2:09 pm

    Hi! My son is 21 months old. We started part-tome EC when he was 6 months and doing it since then. He had certain periods where the diapers were completely dry but none of them lasted more than 3 weeks. At 19 months we ditched diapers at home, and at 20, outside as well. For the last 2weeks however he started to tell that he needs to go only AFTER he starts peeing (no problem with poop). Idk if it is necessarily a resistance (since he does not resist going to potty) but i honestly don’t know to seal this thing! do you think this is a behavioural thing? He will start daycare again on Monday after a long holiday and i am worried that he might feel uncomfortable there if this continues…

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 5, 2024 at 11:15 pm

      At this age, it’s super common for little ones to be so focused on their task at hand that they wait until it’s to late, and are bursting to go. Try prompting him a little bit more often and see if that does the trick!
      You got this momma!!!

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