Potty Training - every parent has to deal with it! Use a reward system
and you may increase your chances for success. A chart with spaces for
stickers can be used to reward your child as they progress in potty training.
You can learn more about Potty Training methods by reading our
article further down on this page, titled "Potty Training
Success: Using the Reward System". Discover the steps that you can take
to make this time in your child's life as pleasant as possible!
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Potty Training Success: Using the Reward System
As your baby turns into a toddler, your thoughts will likely turn to potty training.
There are countless opinions about when and how to potty train, but many parents will
agree that some type of reward system will greatly increase your chances of success.
Using praise and rewards can help teach your child that learning to use the potty
is a fun and positive experience. These encouraging techniques will ease the fear
and nervousness that some toddlers experience about using the potty. Putting a positive
spin on potty training certainly made the experience more enjoyable for both my daughter
and myself when we began the process.
To start potty training in a fun and creative way, make a rewards chart with your
child. Depending on their age or temperament, a weekly or monthly chart can be used.
Include a space for each day. The space should have plenty of room for stickers. Have
your child help you pick out a few packages of special stickers. Stickers should be
something your child really loves, like a favorite animal, color, shape, or television
Start by placing one sticker on the chart every time your child sits on the potty.
Place two stickers on the chart when they actually use the potty. This method allows
your child to accumulate stickers quickly, which is a great visual motivator. My daughter
really got a kick out of every princess or airplane sticker that was added to her
chart, and each time she earned a sticker, she seemed even more motivated to use the
potty again. You can phase out of giving them stickers just for sitting on the potty,
or you can skip that step altogether if you feel it isn't necessary for your child.
Take the time to explain in simple terms how the rewards system will work. If your
child understands the process, they will be less apprehensive.
To further motivate your child, reward them with something extra special after they
earn a certain amount of stickers. This reward can be anything special to your child,
such as a trip to the local petting zoo, a new video, going out for ice cream, or
a favorite toy. The amount of stickers it should take to earn a big reward varies
between children. Younger toddlers may need a special reward after ten stickers, whereas
those closer to the pre-school age may be fine waiting to accumulate up to thirty
stickers. When potty training my daughter, we had her pick out a special video that
she could only watch after earning ten stickers. This worked very well with her.
The rewards method can be very flexible. For most children, stickers will do the trick,
but if this doesn't work for you, find out what small token will motivate your child
to use the potty. This is an important part of the reward system. The reward has to
motivate your child to keep trying. Some parents use small candies or cookies as rewards,
but this is not recommended since using sweets as daily rewards can establish negative
eating habits. Plus, these rewards are very temporary, whereas a reward the child
can see throughout the day makes them feel motivated and proud.
Praise is always a vital part of potty training. Even when using the rewards system,
you should praise your child enthusiastically every time they use the potty. Some
children react better with very animated praise, while others appreciate more understated
praise. For my daughter, if I gushed too much about her using the potty, it seemed
to embarrass her and thwart her efforts. I started to tone down my praise, simply
smiling and saying, "Good job, sweetie." She seemed much more comfortable with this.
After some time, using the potty will become part of your child's daily routine, and
they won't need the extra motivation of rewards. Once your child is capable of using
the potty regularly, start phasing out the reward system. You can do this by slowly
raising the number of stickers that earn a big reward, or by ending the system with
a bang by giving them something extra special that signifies the end of potty training.
It's important to make sure potty training doesn't become stressful for you or your
child. If your child has very little success in the first week or shows increasing
frustration, you might want to delay potty training for a few more weeks or possibly
months. The only time potty training was ever stressful for me or my daughter was
when we tried before she was ready. Most children do very well with the rewards system,
but if your child is not ready, any method will frustrate them. Make sure your child
is completely ready for potty training, and the reward will be much sweeter.
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