This post is sponsored by Tick Tock, the makers of a very useful toilet-training chart. I was compensated and received sample product to review. This was the only chart we used during toilet training and we enjoyed it enough to share it with you in this post.
Getting toilet training off the ground isn’t always easy. But once you’re finally started you’re so grateful to be moving forward that you don’t necessarily worry about the sacrifices you’ve made.
When it came to training Graham, once we were a few weeks in he was doing awesome.
But we had a problem.
A pop problem.
The kid wanted “pops,” aka DumDums, all the time. The pops were his reward for using the toilet appropriately and he wanted them all the time.
Luckily it was around this time that we got our first Potty Time Chart from Tick Tock.
If you’re stuck giving your kid candy, let me tell you how we put a stop to the pop and made stickers a part of our life.
Step 1: Taper back the Treats
Once a kid masters something, start giving them less of a reward. We pulled back from a pop to a couple of M&Ms. Then down to 1 M&M. And then we brought in the stickers.
Honestly, I didn’t think he’d go with it but he did. The addition of the stickers as something NEW and FUN made it an easy transition.
If your kid isn’t handling the transition well, it helps to conveniently run out of treats.
Step 2: Set Up a Sticker Routine
Structure helps. It makes the rewards feel bigger than they are. The stickers themselves are really helpful for this.
With different colors you can assign to different tasks you can reward even small things with different color stickers. You can stick to their system or make up your own. We did 2 stickers for some things and 1 for others.
Step 3: Let Them Be In Control
The best thing about the chart is that it hangs on a doorknob so it’s at the child’s eye level and they can do it all themselves. We actually didn’t use the color coding and just let Graham pick his own color. Sometimes this makes for a funny looking chart, but it’s his and he’s really pleased with it.
These stickers work for very regimented kids as well as ones who like to do things a little different. Let your kid do what makes them happy. The goal isn’t to have a perfect looking chart, it’s to have a toilet-trained kid.
Step 4: Allow Changes for Improvement or Decline
Even after we started the stickers, if Graham went through a phase where he wasn’t making it to the toilet we would allow him periods of increased rewards to help encourage him. Even pops made an occasional reappearance.
On the other hand, when he started doing better we were able to tone down the rewards. That meant eventually he just got one sticker for a complete successful bathroom trip.
Step 5: Bring It Back When You Need To
Graham’s been daytime toilet trained for months now. But we recently re-instituted the chart. He still uses a pull-up diaper at night and in the morning he often wants to keep it on for a while instead of using the toilet. This doesn’t end well for either of us. He no longer tolerates a change well and I don’t like the squirming, soiled kid.
So the chart is back and he gets a sticker for each morning he removes his diaper while it’s just wet. I’m hoping eventually when we work on night training we can bring it back again.
You can find Potty Time Charts at CVS. Our local store carries them, but if you can’t find them you can get them online here. At just $2.99 for a chart with 40 stickers it works nicely and won’t break the bank.
Share your potty training tips and tricks in the comments, if you happen to have some awesome secrets.