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We are currently in the throes of the potty training stage with our 3 year old and I thought I’d share some of my tried and true potty training tips. The first thing we do is head to Sam’s Club to grab the biggest box of Pull-Ups® Learning Designs®. My kids love seeing their favorite characters on the Pull-Ups. I love that they have an underwear like design that helps teach how to pull on and take off. I also really like that design fades when wet and the easy to open sides. My 3 year old really doesn’t like when her favorite character disappears, so this is added motivation to make it to the potty in time.
After we graduate to Pull-Ups, I set a 20 minute alarm (the time gradually increases) to head to the potty. In the early stages, I like to use a child sizes potty or a potty seat on the real toilet. We keep things very positive and celebrate success with a prize from the Potty Prizes Jar, which I keep in the bathroom. Bribery works like a charm for us when it comes to potty training! I’ll show you how I made our Potty Prizes Jar below. If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine, you can use letter stickers or glass paint to decorate the jar. Pick out the prizes with your child.
Large Glass Jar
Black Adhesive Vinyl
Transfer Tape for Vinyl
Step 1: Head to Sam’s Club to pick up a box of Pull-Ups, you can use the club pick up service. You can also shop online at SamsClub.com or use their convenient subscription service. The subscription service is AMAZING for busy moms (do it)!
Step 2: Place a piece of black adhesive vinyl on a cutting mat. Use the cutting machine to cut out the words “Potty Prizes”. Weed the vinyl that you don’t want on the jar.
Step 3: Transfer the vinyl to a piece of transfer tape, following the instructions on the package.
Step 4: Transfer the letters to the jar, rubbing the vinyl firmly and pulling off the transfer tape slowly.
Step 5: Place small trinkets or treats inside the jar to use as prizes.
Step 6: Have Pull-Ups and the jar handy while your child start potty training! The Potty Partnership has some great potty training tips. You can take a personality quiz to determine which type most resembles your child and specific ways to help them succeed at potty training (I have a “bear cub”). Pull-Ups have been so helpful in the potty training stage for my kids.
Step 7: Anytime your child uses potty, have them pick a prize from the jar as a reward!
Check out the Potty Partnership for more potty training tips. What are some of your potty training tips?
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