Rewards for potty training? Any ideas?

Sara - posted on 03/18/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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So im workin on potty training with my daughter and I dont know how to reward her when shes sucessful. She doesnt like anything sweet like cookies or candy so i have no clue. I was hopin someone would have some suggestions for me that would work for her age. Shes 20 months old. So any help would be great.

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Amber - posted on 03/21/2010

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my suggestion is a sticker chart..toddler LOVE stickers!! and the positive praise..they love hearing things like your such a big girl..we are so proud of you!!

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Donette - posted on 03/25/2010

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I bought the Potty Book which came with a video and theme song. Everytime Sadie sat on the potty wether she went or not we watched the movie. I read her the book while she sat on the potty to "entertain" her and when she finally started going on the potty I had learned the theme song so we dance around the living roon and sang that song. She loved it. Don't put to high of expectations on your daughter...she will get it when she is ready. Don't push. My friend's child regressed because she chose "extreme" potty training techniques and her dtr did not potty train until she was 4. Potty training can take up to 1 year. Also-20 months may be too early to start if she is not really getting it. Just remember..don't stress about it. We all learned to pee and poop on the potty eventually right??

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You are not supposed to use food as a reward, so it's for the best that she doesn't like sweets. Stickers and charts are good, I've heard, but I've also heard for a slightly older child, you can let them pick a family activity within a budget, like going to the park together or renting a movie or things like that. I would try and stay away from a new toy every time, unless it's a small set or you could do the pieces of a puzzle.

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I like dry underware as a reward ;P sorry just being onery! We give high fives and praise! It then became his "mission" to stay dry all day...so we would congratulate him for doing good on his mission! He likes Little Einsteins :)

Marisha - posted on 03/22/2010

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Why not just take something she likes already and go with that? For example: If she likes playing dress up or pretending she's a Princess why not have a special necklace or a toy crown she can wear if she goes potty? My daughter really likes coins (and she doesn't put them in her mouth) so I tried giving her a penny that she could put in her piggy bank when she went. If she gets bored with one thing, just move on to something new to keep it exciting. You'll think of something!

Sara - posted on 03/21/2010

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I hear alot about stickers even family members have said stickers i jst didnt think she would understand them but every1 has tried em and seems to be workin for them so ill have to give it a try. We do the praise and even have a potty dance now. So thanks for the ideas and keep em up.

Stacey - posted on 03/21/2010

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We are potty training our son too. But since she doesn't like any sweets or anything you could try to make a calender and when see goes potty give her a sticker to put on the calender to show her that she is doing a good job.

Kasey - posted on 03/21/2010

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I have a box filled with toys and candy from the dollar store sitting on the back of the toilet. Every time my son goes, he puts his hand in the box and picks out a prize.

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I get my daughter to put a sticker on her potty everytime she uses the potty successfully! She even helps me pick out what stickers she likes......very cute!



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Natalie - posted on 03/19/2010

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Yeah i agree with stickers. On the side of the Huggies Pull Up packet there is a coupon to fill in and send away for a toilet training kit, it comes with stickers and a chart. They also say a big cuddle or clap hands is also good because you don't want them to expect things all the time.

Samantha - posted on 03/19/2010

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Its actually not a good idea to use food as a reward. I used stickers n tattoos for my boys. I also bought them Spiderman underwear.

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When I toilet trained my son I had a reward chart and he got to put a sticker (he liked cars and motorbikes, so I got a set of vehicle stickers) on the chart every time he went to the toilet. After every 5 stickers, he got a small prize out of a prize box he'd decorated the day before we started training. The prizes were matchbox cars mostly, individually wrapped. You can do any small items, like bubbles, mini sketch pads, etc. Whatever your daughter is into is the theme you should go with to keep her interest.

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