Today I want to share our potty training story as well as a free potty chart printable for you!
First, our story.
Our potty training has actually been going on for well over 10 months. Not the real deal potty training, but having one of those little potty chairs in mommy and daddy’s bathroom because, let’s face it, from the time the little ones can walk until about 2 and a half years of age you, the adult, do.not.potty.alone.EVER.
So every time I would go, my little guy would “go,” too. He would lift up the lid on his seat and sit there as long as I would. It was wonderful practice. Eventually I convinced him to pull his pants down, too, but he always wanted to keep the pull-up on. Okay, we were just trying it all out.
One day we decided to try sitting on the potty seat with no pull-up. He wasn’t a fan, but sucked it up and tried it. That’s when I realized a potty chair was not going to work for us! There was just no way that #1 and #2 could both go on in there. The potty seat was just too small!
So this became our new set up:
Potty seat, stool, and books for entertainment.
We kind of let the potty training go for a bit in the spring and early summer. With a new baby born in March, it was just too much to potty train and care for an infant. Eventually it got to where I was ready to try again, and my little guy seemed more open to it, too. But apparently he wasn’t really there yet. We tried various things to “bribe” him to potty. My mom even made a potty treat container and filled it with stickers (which he absolutely loves) and some gummies for when he did his business. But it wasn’t enough for him. He wasn’t taking the bribe.
As we neared his 3rd birthday I think I started to panic a bit. Shouldn’t he be potty trained by age 3? I don’t want him to be the only one in his daycare class who has to wear a pull-up!
So about 3 weeks before his 3rd birthday I decided we were going to find a way to make this potty training work! I had scoured my potty training resources and made a plan for us.
I took my little guy to Kmart and had him pick out his new “big boy” underwear. Whatever he wanted! (We ended up with Lightning McQueen, Super Why, and Thomas the Train -> ALL characters he adores.) The fact that he loved these characters was my ticket to keeping them dry.
I also had him pick out what his candy treat would be for our new potty training system. I helped him make sure it would be something he would like because he doesn’t have that much experience in the candy department.
As soon as we got home I whipped up this little potty chart that I had created in my head. I wanted to see if it would work.
Once he had 5 (one row), he would get a piece of the candy he had picked out.
Once he filled an entire sheet he would get a new Hot Wheels car (he loves Hot Wheels and they only cost $1).
And as you can see above, the potty chart is full of stickers so it definitely worked!
So it was time to make a prettier version. 😉
So to help regulate our time on the potty I purchased a fun little timer. If my little guy actually does his business he can get off the toilet early. We also have started to use the timer to time how long until he needs to sit on the potty again. We seem to get less fussing that way than just randomly saying it time to try again.
Obviously the potty chart is instrumental in our process! And one of my little guy’s favorite things is to choose which stickers go on the sheet. He has a lot of say so in this potty training system, and he loves that!
Also, within sight of the potty, are the candy he picked out as well as the bag of Hot Wheels he can choose from when he completes 1 potty chart.
I have 2 versions of the potty chart for you. One for boys and one for girls. My son loves the little potty on the banner!! You can click on either of the images above to download the files from Google Documents. They will fit on an 8.5×11″ sheet of paper.
I’m going to show you how you can print them out and turn them into a notepad!
Stack the sheets up so they are all lined up nicely and attached them together with 2 binder clips. Keep the binder clips near the top of the paper, but leave about a quarter of an inch at the top.
The secret to making a pull-apart notepad is as simple as using a little rubber cement!
Layer some rubber cement along the top of the stack of potty charts. I think I did about 3 or 4 coats, only letting it dry slightly in between coats.
To attach my potty chart to the wall I used to some spare 3M wall mount stickers I had on hand. You know those 3M wall hooks always come with a couple of extra stickers. Why not put them to use!
I left the potty chart generic so you can customize it to your own needs. Fill in your child’s name. I use the info box to fill in the rules for earning stickers. You can make any rules that work for your child. I plan to change our rules for earning stickers as we continue the process.
So how is our potty training going?
Well, its going. lol! My little guy understands how it works. He loves to earn his stickers. He does great doing his business in the potty if he’s already on it. He hates the process of stopping what he’s doing to go get on the potty. So we’re working on it! 3 weeks later, and he still loves his potty chart!