I was so young and stupid then.
Here she is, on the verge of her third birthday, still in pull ups and nowhere near being 100% potty trained. When she expressed interest around 18 months old and seemed to really understand the concept, I was sure she’d be be quicker to get out of diapers than her older brothers.
While that may turn out to be true, potty training her hasn’t been as easy as I’d thought.
Yesterday she sat on the toilet, little legs dangling high above the floor. I had the idea of offering her a “Potty Present” if she’d just leave a little present of her own. It wasn’t a silver bullet solution for her, but she definitely made more of an effort.
It’s no secret that toddlers respond well to positive reinforcement, and small presents may be just the thing to motivate a child with potty training or any other skill they’re working on.
Here are some ideas for inexpensive “Potty Presents.” You might consider using them as motivation to use the potty, or for a day or night with no accidents.
Have you used this strategy in the past? If so, how did it work for you?
Rainbow Crayon 1 of 10My toddler loves to color, and this rainbow crayon would be easy for her to grasp in her small hand.
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I Mustache You A Question 2 of 10These colorful temporary mustache tattoos would be so much fun for dress-up and make-believe play.
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Felt Fun 3 of 10From playing kitchen to pretend grocery store, this set of felt play food would make a great potty training reward.
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I Spy Potty Success 4 of 10These are great for quiet play! This I Spy bag comes with a word list so that you and your toddler will know when you've found each of the shapes hiding inside.
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Throw a Potty Party 5 of 10Throw a potty party with this mini pinata!
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Crayon Keeper 6 of 10Your little one can keep his crayons safe in this adorable handmade crayon keeper. A perfect potty motivator for kiddos who love coloring as much as mine does.
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Sweet Treat 7 of 10This ice cream stamp would make a sweet reward for a successful trip to the potty.
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Who Doesn’t Love a Sticker? 8 of 10We love these vintage-inspired stickers, made from children's books.
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Princess of the Potty 9 of 10My little girl is into all things princess and she'd love playing with these Disney-inspired wands.
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Monster Finger Puppet 10 of 10These are adorable and might just scare the pee out of your toddler. Literally.
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Top Photo Credit: Manish Bansal/Flickr
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.