Potty Training Rewards - Arcadia,CA

Updated on October 15, 2010
A.H. asks from Ontario, CA
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We are in the process of training our son who is 25 1/2 mos. He likes stickers so we've decided to use them for our reward system (1 sticker for peeing in the potty, 2 for pooping in the potty) But, do we put them on a chart? Give them to him? (He tends to play with them and crumble them up) How do you do it?

Any other reward methods that have worked for you?

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answers from Honolulu on

Just do what you want.. give it to him, or let HIM stick it up on a "Poster" on the wall.

If he plays with it and crumples it up... then fine. If he's happy about it, then fine. He is so young... so they do that to stickers. If it IS an 'incentive" for him, then good.

I personally do not use nor used, "rewards" for teaching my kids pottying. I didn't want them to get the idea, getting something, was the "goal." I just praised them and gave them high-fives.

If you give them rewards.. they will also sometimes just get desensitized to it... then you will have to come up with something else to give them and "reward" them with. Which is endless.

All the best,

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answers from Portland on

You might get some added cooperation from your son by using rewards, but he probably won't become fully trained any quicker for it. Usually, kids get trained when they are physicially and emotionally ready. They will do this in a matter of a day or a week when they realize they WANT to be potty trained, have all the necessary nervous system and bladder development, and will generally proceed without any rewards beyond the satisfaction of achievement. Just like learning to walk and talk!

This was my experience with my daughter decades ago, and her experience with her son. And it's been the consistent experience of several young families in my religious community who have let their children lead the parade, whose children all trained quickly and without stress somewhere between 2.5 and 3.5 years (with the exception of an autistic boy, who trained much later).

Most boys (yes, there are exceptions) won't pull it all together until they are approaching three, or even a year or so later. A toddler who reaches that stage of maturity at, say, 30 months can be "in training" for a year starting at 18 months, or he can pretty much train himself in a week if they wait to start the process at 30 months, when he shows interest and eagerness.

"Pretraining" is always useful; describing, demonstrating, stories and videos, role-playing the activity with toys, practice sits on the potty, and even occasional accidental successes. Keeping the activity light and attractive and completely free of stress will encourage kids to want to achieve as soon as they can.

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answers from Jacksonville on

I used individually wrapped fruit flavored life savers candies with our kids. After a successful potty trip, (including flushing and washing hands), they came into the kitchen where I kept a clear ziploc baggie filled with the lifesavers. They got to choose one. ONE. EVERY time they went to the potty. After a short time they started forgetting to come into the kitchen to ask for them, and would just go back to whatever activity they had been involved in before going to the potty. :)

I did stickers with them when they were learning to read. One sticker for each completed lesson (there were 100 lessons). My son didn't play with his, he liked the process of choosing the sticker. I would have a whole sheet of Batman or whatever he was into at the time. The more sparkly or 3-D or whatever, the better. I found with my kids, that for any kind of success (be it potty training, reading, or report cards or whatever else) that letting them have a "say", having a choice in their "reward" was as big a motivator as the reward itself.



answers from Youngstown on

I used stickers for both my kids too. I put a fun shaped piece of paper that I had I think it was a bear on the fridge and they collected the stickers on that each time they went to the potty.


answers from Seattle on

I used Dum-Dum suckers...they are very small but just big enough for the kids!



answers from Tampa on

I used stickers too and I just gave them to my son....yes, he wears them for a few minutes then they normally end up on the floor...but I looked at it like, that is how he wants to play with the stickers...and they are his reward so he can do whatever he wants with them. I have friends that used the sticker chart and it worked great for them...but you know your own child best..my son would have been upset if I put his reward on a board and did not let him play with it:-) Good luck.



answers from Spokane on

My girls got 1 M&M for a pee, 2 for a poop.



answers from Anchorage on

For my youngest we went and picked out a toy he really wanted (a pack of new cars). I put them on a shelf behind the potty, and told him that once he peed and pooped in the potty every time for a week he would get them.

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