Every child potty trains differently; after all, no 2 kids are exactly alike. The important thing to remember for all of them is to wait until they seem ready, and have lots of patience.
My daughter loved sticker charts when she was potty training. Each time she was dry and successfully used the potty, she got a sticker. After so many stickers, she got a small prize.
My son just isn’t in to putting stickers on a chart. He gets upset and wants to put the sticker back on the sticker sheet (like doing a puzzle). The way to his potty training success has been through his sweet tooth – A.K.A. “a potty treat” (Veggie Tale gummy) each time he is dry. When I first started with the treats I was worried he’d want potty treats forever when going potty, but after a few weeks he stopped asking for them every time. Now they’re mostly used when we go out.
Once we had the issue of staying dry figured out, it was time to get down and dirty – I’m talking poop. Going with the sweet tooth, he gets an M&M each time; once again that sweet tooth is working for me. Since I wanted to really push for multiple successes in a row, I made a small potty chart just for poop. The first one was just 3 squares; I drew a police car under the squares and told him once he poopied on the potty 3 times he’d get the police car. (My favorite part in this was when he had 2 squares “X”ed out and he kept trying to take the pen from my hand to put an “X” on the 3…) He had that car in just 2 days.
Right away he was actually asking me to make a potty chart. He even got the paper out for me! This time I tried to make it bigger – with 5 squares. “No! Small!” he cried when he saw it.
We settled on 4 squares, and a white helicopter (a 3 dollar find from Target that I originally got for his Christmas stocking). All I can say is that vehicles of any kind really motivate this kid. He had that helicopter the next day!
I’ve had a glorious 5 days of poop being only in the potty.
I know there will be set backs. We are still on the “go potty every couple hours” routine to make sure we stay dry. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we’re going to get there, one little vehicle at a time.