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When it comes to potty training there are many techniques and ways to do it. I have never been interested in doing the rush training in three days type of method. I ended up taking a gradual approach with my daughter, and while we have had ups and downs she gets it. I have been a fan of using Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® along with a potty training reward chart with her. While she is mostly trained and on her way to leaving the charts and Pull-Ups® behind, my son is ready to get started potty training.
He is a little over two years old and while I feel this is a tad young to train, he is showing signs of readiness. He likes to pretend he is going, he asks to go, and he always tells me when his diaper needs to be changed.
So, why wait? I am having a baby in a few weeks so it seems like a great time to start potty training. That's kind of a joke, but my approach is relaxed. If it does not work out right away, or he regresses, I will pull back and try again later. Either way, it seems like a great time to introduce him to his own Pull-Ups®. I am also creating a special potty training reward chart for him. We already have a potty training friendly bathroom upstairs and down, so that part is taken care of.
I have been at Walmart a lot lately since they have a huge selection of affordable baby items. On my most recent trip I picked up everything I need to create a potty training chart for my son. I also bought him his own Pixar's Cars Lightning McQueen Pull-Ups®. I love that I can start small with the most affordable pack being $8.97 (in case it doesn't work out yet).
I have not bought any new Pull-Ups® in awhile so I couldn't believe all the improvements since the last time we used them. They now have 10% more coverage for protection and fit, are softer and more comfortable, have improved stretchy material, and 10% more capacity. They are also more absorbent, easy to open on the side, and the new Pixar and Disney characters actually have a wetness indicator.
Pull-Ups® has created an adorable interactive on their website and you can find out which type of potty training character your child is at this link: http://cbi.as/369ly. My son seems to be a combination of two of these characters. A squirrel is always on the go and doesn't want to slow down, they like games and are impatient when it comes to details. Then again, he also has some of the Puppy qualities, ready and willing to train and motivated by treats haha.
Potty Training Chart Tutorial
I have been creating potty training reward charts for my daughter for awhile now. My son is ready for his own, so I gathered enough supplies for them both to have one. While she doesn't need it as much anymore, I like to keep the motivation there, and I know she will want one again when she sees his.
I create my charts with a paper or poster board, a marker, and stickers. You will also need a way to attach it wherever you want to hang it. Super easy right?
My children get a sticker each time they try to use the potty, or successfully use the potty. At the end of the chart when they get to the surprise I give them a small prize. We have used character figurines, coloring books, other types of books, and small toys as prizes. This is a simple method but my daughter loves it and I hope my son does too.
Gather all supplies. Here I have construction paper, a huge book of all kinds of stickers, a marker, sticky reusable adhesives, and I grabbed the pink bag to keep the small items in so my kids don't notice them.
I created my chart using my paper and marker. You can use a ruler or whatever you have, my lines are never that straight but my kids don't care. I added the word surprise! at the bottom.
Add the adhesive dots to the back of your chart. This makes it so easy to stick the chart on and off wherever you like. The adhesive dots are also reusable.
Add stickers as your child uses the potty. I like to hang my chart on the refrigerator. The bathroom works too, but they use more than one bathroom and the kitchen is a nice central location.
Now of course there are other ways to make a rewards chart but my children respond to these charts and they are simple to make. When I am done with a chart my daughter has liked to have the paper with stickers to keep. So, not only does she get her prize, she also gets her reward chart and we create a new one.
Wish us luck as I embark on potty training another child. If you need help with potty training and to learn more about Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® available at Walmart check it out here.