Hey, who’s for doing everything it takes to make potty training easier?
Yeah! Me too.
All these potty training guides that claim to make toilet training your child an easy task have 1 common flaw: they presume your child will do everything you tell him to do, when you tell him to do it and where you tell him to do it.
You know as well as I do that 9 times out of 10 this will not happen.
This is where potty training rewards come into the picture.
So, with that being said, let’s talk about when you should use potty training rewards, how to find the best reward for your child and what types of activities need rewarding.
Also I’ve put together what I think is the complete potty training rewards list. If you’ve got more just share’em in the comments.
When you should use potty training rewards?
I know a lot of parents who say that rewards didn’t work with their child. The problem is that most of us use rewards to early in the potty training process.
When you and your child start out with potty training, rewards probably won’t do you any good. I mean they won’t work like you’d want them to work.
The “secret”, excuse me one of the secrets, to using potty training rewards effectively is to only use them to “seal the deal”. That being said, rewards work best with kids who are already pretty close to being successfully potty trained.
Potty training rewards 101
Before I get into the toilet training rewards list here are a couple of pointers to help you make sure the reward you choose for your child will accomplish what is supposed to.
Make the reward immediate – The best way to reinforce your child’s behaviour is by instant reward. This way he or she will be able to make the connection between the reward and the behaviour. Normally the younger your toddler is, the more immediate the reward should be.
Keep the material rewards small – When it comes to material rewards like treats, only reward your child when he or she actually meets the goal. This is to ensure that you won’t run out of treats/gifts in just a couple of hours. And it also makes sure that your child will still have an interest in what your rewarding him with.
And now for the list
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1. Simple praise
As obvious as this one might be, a lot of parents don’t really tap into their child’s natural desire to make them proud. Praising can mean dancing and clapping around your child after a successful potty run, or maybe making a big deal about it by letting him or her call grandma and grandpa to tell them.
2. Make potty training fun
Potty training boys goes so much easier when you’re introducing “target practice” into the routine. Put together a selection of different objects which work as targets and let your child choose which one to use.
For girls maybe you could try a game of them againts the poo. When she successfully gets to the potty and poops she scores a point, whenever an accident happens the poo gets a point. If at the end of the day she has more points than the “poo” she gets a small prize.
3. The good ol’ reward chart
The great part about reward charts is that they come in all colors and shapes and themes. Every time your child uses the potty to pee or poop reward him with a sticker on his reward chart. When a milestone is reached like for instance 7 days without any accidents, present him with a prize which can be a trip to the park or a toy, something you know he really enjoys.
4. “A penny for a potty”
If your toddler has a piggy bank and likes to put money into it you can try the “penny for a potty” reward. I know a lot of parents who’ve used this method and said it worked better than anything else they tried. And it’s cheaper than treats, toys, etc.
5. Go underpants shopping
This is more like a bribe than a reward, but it works just as great. Take your child underwear shopping and let him buy the ones which have his favorite hero or cartoon character on them. Then tell them they have to keep their underwear dry because their hero does not want to be peed or pooped on.
Most of the times just having those special panties is all the incentive your toddler needs.
6. This one is yours
This is the part where I tell you to use the comment box below to share what rewards have worked for your own child.
This is what one mommy told me once “Potty training is not that hard. Just stay strong and bribe, bribe, bribe!”