Potty training a child can be an experience with a lot of ups and downs. Hopefully there is more to celebrate, but when training a child to use the restroom in the proper spot, it can be a little challenging to say the least. A great method for finding success with this process is a potty training reward chart. This article shares tips that can make using this method of potty training successful.
The first thing to do is begin showing the child the potty. They should know where it is, what it is used for, and that it is not a toy. By teaching them that it is a tool and not a toy, they will see it is such. If the child displays signs of using the bathroom in their diaper, try to get them to the potty quickly so they will start to understand more about what it is for.
Then, it is time to decide what the rewards will be as the chart begins to be utilized. When deciding this, it is important to think about what will most motivate the child. Some examples can be, a new pair of underwear or panties with their favorite character, a trip to the park, an ice cream cone, or even a small piece of candy. It is most important that the reward motivates the child to make the decision to properly use the potty.
Next, decide on a chart to use. Get it set up and decide how to keep track of proper behaviors. Will a sticker be placed for simply sitting on the potty? Or will a sticker be placed only for using the potty for its intended purpose? The decision should be based on the individual child. Then, explain the chart to the child and discuss what it will be used for. While they may not understand it all, they will start to understand more and more as they make good decisions and choose to use the potty properly.
Once the chart is ready and the child is ready, begin to take the child to the potty on a regular basis. Begin with a short amount of time, say every half an hour, is a good start, and sit them on the potty at these intervals.
While it may seem a bit dauntless at first, it will pay off. As previously discussed, placing a sticker on the chart as the child sits on the potty, or as the child uses the restroom, or both will motivate future good behaviors. Allow the child to place the sticker on the chart themselves and it will also help to enforce the proper behavior. Continue to increase the times between sitting the child on the potty until they eventually start going on their own.
Choosing to use a potty training reward chart is a great choice for teaching a child bathroom behaviors. By using the tips shared in here, any parent can teach their child to use the restroom on their own.