It’s Potty Time (Getting Started)!

 

Potty TrainingRemember this picture that I posted over on Twitter the other day?!

It’s official: We’re Potty Training! 

When my daughter turned two, she was so excited to sit on the potty like a big girl. Like any parent of a toddler, I excitedly purchased a potty of her very own. All of this, of course, under the assumption that potty training would be a breeze. That hasn’t so much been the case. Now that she’ll be two and a half next month, I know it’s time to get serious about potty training but every time we ask her if she wants to sit and try to use the bathroom, she cries. Logically, I know that forcing her to do something that she clearly doesn’t want to do isn’t going to do any of us favors and so I decided to turn potty training into a game (of sorts). The other day I went to my local Target (my home away from home) and purchased some poster board, a ruler and incentive stickers all with the purpose of creating a potty chart.

How To Make A Potty Chart

For each day of the week (from Sunday to Sunday) there are nine boxes. The game is simple: For every attempt to use the bathroom, she earns a sticker. If she fills out nine stickers every day for 8 days, she gets to have dinner at our local T-Rex cafe (it’s a pretty big treat for her since we don’t go there often).

Its Potty Time

I tried to make the chart bright and fun. What toddler doesn’t love a good sticker?!

Potty Chart

Potty Incentives

I hung the potty chart on the mirror in the bathroom and there it will stay until next Monday morning.

How To Potty Train A Toddler

Although she earned her first sticker this morning, she didn’t seem all that interested in going. I love the idea of using a chart but if this doesn’t work by week’s end I’ll try a different approach (a pre-purchased gift that she can only have if she tries to use the bathroom all week). I’ll keep you updated on our progress on Twitter and over on Facebook. In the meantime, what are your tips for first time training?!

 

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4 thoughts on “It’s Potty Time (Getting Started)!

  1. Amy L. says:

    I think you’re on the right track but waiting a week to get a reward is really hard for a 2 yr old. I would probably tweak it to offering smaller toys each day or every time she uses the potty. It sounds like the stickers aren’t exciting enough for her. You could buy a whole bunch of little toys at the dollar store (or Target) and she can pick it out of a bucket herself or something along those lines. Coloring books, glow sticks, chalk, & bubbles are all pretty cheap but tangible. Going to the park as a prize is free.

    • Holli Ann says:

      I think you might be right, especially about the stickers not being enough of a reward. If this week doesn’t work, I’ll try the toy approach. Since I’m at home with her, I’m comfortable with taking our time. 🙂

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