Potty Training Q&A: Rewards, Dealing With Regression, & More

You have potty training questions, and we got an expert to answer them! Dr. Heather Wittenberg is a licensed psychologist with a PsyD degree whose specialty is in the development of babies, toddlers, preschoolers and parents.

Question: What types of rewards work best potty training?


Dr. Heather:  The key to choosing a reward for your little one is to figure out what works with his or her personality. To find out your child’s potty personality, take the Pull-Ups potty personality quiz and get tools and advice to help you and your child partner together throughout the potty training journey.

Question: do pull ups go larger that 4t-5t? or is there another type of pull up for bigger kids? my 2 yr old is wide and 4t-5t Pull-Ups dont fit.

Dr. Heather:  4T – 5T is the largest Pull-Ups size, however, consider products like GoodNites, which also offer protection against accidents and are available in larger sizes. When in doubt, always try a larger size.

Question: Can you talk a little about factors that might cause them to regress, and how to handle it?

Dr. Heather:  While regression is normal and can happen for many reasons, it’s usually stress-related. Maybe you’ve changed up your family’s routine or welcomed a new baby into the home and it’s caused your little one to take a few steps backward. Don’t worry – you can get back on track with training despite a bout of regression. If you find yourself worrying about regression, check out this quick, fun video I made explaining what to expect from these accidents and what it means for your child.

Question: Do you have any tips for potty training a child with developmental disabilities?

Dr. Heather:  All children strive towards independence, regardless of abilities. Pull-Ups helps support all children in their quest towards growth and independence. Children with developmental disabilities each have unique learning styles and physical capabilities, which means that each one needs their own potty training plan based on these abilities. Work together with your child’s special needs team to develop a potty training plan that takes all these things into account.

Question: Is there something that you would say is a must do or must not do to help make potty training a success?

Dr. Heather:  Absolutely – the key to success in potty training is working with your child’s personality, not against it. For example, a very active toddler might be difficult to slow down long enough to train easily. A child who resists anything new might cling onto diapers for dear life. Or a fiercely independent type might not be motivated until they realize potty training is the one thing they can do by themselves. Based on research and observation of personality types in young children, I partnered with Pull-Ups to develop tips that are tailored to specific personality types in children. To find out your child’s potty personality, take the Pull-Ups potty personality quiz.

For more expert answers to your potty-training questions, check out Dr. Heather’s other tips!

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