Rewards That Making Potty Training Fun and Effective

Potty training can be a challenging milestone for both children and parents. To make this journey smoother and more enjoyable, many parents turn to the use of rewards as motivation. 
February 9, 2024

Potty training can be a challenging milestone for both children and parents. To make this journey smoother and more enjoyable, many parents turn to the use of rewards as motivation. 

In this blog post, we will explore the benefits and effectiveness of potty training rewards, provide step-by-step guidance on implementing them, and incorporate creative ideas to keep the process fun and exciting.

Reward systems have long been recognized as effective tools for encouraging desired behaviors in children. When it comes to potty training, rewards serve as positive reinforcement, incentivizing children to use the potty regularly. 

If you’re wondering whether or not you should use a reward system, visit our post “Should I offer potty training rewards?”

How to Use Rewards to Make Positive Associations with Potty Training

By associating successful potty use with rewards, children are more likely to repeat the behavior and feel a sense of accomplishment, boosting their confidence in the process.

Step 1: Set Clear Expectations

Before starting potty training, establish clear expectations with your child. Explain the purpose of rewards and how they will be earned. 

We suggest keeping a pile of books by the potty, turning potty time into story time where you can read aloud with your child and help them pass the time!

This not only makes the process more enjoyable but also acts as a bonding moment for both of you!

Step 2: Create a Reward System

Implementing a structured reward system helps children stay motivated and engaged. We have seen first-hand the effectiveness of sticker charts where your child can place a sticker on the DIY rewards chart every time they have a successful bathroom trip. 

Another fun idea is a counting jar, where your child can see their progress as the jar fills up with marbles or coins.

Offering rewards can be different for each child! If you’re wondering about the difference between rewards and bribes, visit our post here.

Step 3: Choose the Right Rewards

When selecting rewards for potty training, it is crucial to choose items or experiences that genuinely motivate your child. 

Simple Snack Reward Ideas:

  • Mini marshmallows 
  • Small chocolate chips 
  • Raisins
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels

Treasure Chest Reward Ideas:

  • Collect small toys the older sibling no longer uses
  • Collect stickers from your local grocery store
  • Find small toys your child is interested in (ie. hot wheel cars, trucks, animals)

Experience Reward Ideas:

Note: Offering an experience as a reward may need to be part of your larger reward system:

  • Plan a fun family event to your local library, playground, or park
  • Create a pretend call from your child’s favorite character (JJ from Cocomelon or Micky Mouse from Disney)
  • Create a cozy movie night at home, complete with your child's favorite snacks and movie
  • Offer your child a visit to the local zoo as a special reward for consistent potty training success

Step 4: Consistency and Gradual Phasing-out of Rewards

Consistency is crucial throughout the potty training journey. Ensure that the reward system is applied consistently and fairly. To address concerns about dependency on rewards, we recommend changing up the rewards or offering alternative incentives like singing and dancing, calling Grandma, or offering enthusiastic high-fives. 

As your child becomes more comfortable and successful in using the potty, gradually reduce the frequency of rewards, transitioning them towards internalized habits and intrinsic motivation.

Read the full post on phasing out potty training rewards here.

How Potty Training Consultant Can Help

Potty training rewards can be a powerful tool in motivating children to achieve success in their potty training journey. By selecting appropriate rewards, setting clear expectations, implementing a structured reward system, and incorporating creative ideas, parents can help their children establish positive habits with confidence and enthusiasm. 

Remember, every child is different, so it's important to adapt and personalize the approach to suit your child's needs. With patience, persistence, and a positive mindset, you can celebrate your child's potty training successes and lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits.

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