Potty training can be one of the most challenging milestones for parents and toddlers. That’s why you need these crazy creative potty training rewards to make your child’s potty training journey full of giggles — instead of tears! Oh, and I want to say thank you to CVS Training Pants for sponsoring this post!
Have you reached potty training time and your child is screaming “diaper or bust?” Did you successfully train your first child with ease, but your second is proving to be more challenging? For every child, potty training can look completely different. Some are terrified to even sit on the potty in the beginning while others catch on effortlessly!
Right now we are in the midst of potty training our youngest child. He’s needed a completely different approach than my other two. We are working through it, and making progress though. For him, a small piece of candy has been a huge motivator. He needs that concrete, instant reward.
Training pants like these from CVS are also a huge help. I’m a huge fan of these because they have refastenable sides with a comfy, all-around stretch for a great fit.
Sides that refasten mean toddlers can potty and still use the dry pull-up. That’s a big money-saver! There’s also wetness indicator that fades when wet — which lets me know when he hasn’t made it to the potty in time. When used in the right situations, pull-ups can be life-savers during potty training adventures!
Wondering what potty training reward might work best for your child? Check out this creative list!
Crazy Creative Potty Training Rewards
- Training pants with fun prints. We already chatted a little about my favorite version of these. The fun designs are what get kids on board with training pants! The switch from diaper to training pants will be easier when kids see high-interest designs. CVS has designs for both boys and girls. I encourage my son by telling him we want to keep those crazy-cute planes, rocket ships, or other designs dry. Hey — it actually works!
- Choose underwear with fun characters. Wearing “big kid” underwear might seem a little overwhelming for a child in the beginning. They immediately become uncomfortable when they’re soaking wet — which I can completely understand! But, that’s all part of the potty-training process. But just like wearing training pants, a toddler will be much more eager to potty train if he gets to wear super-cool underwear with his favorite super-hero or sport design cheering him on!
- Make a lollipop tree! Make your own lollipop tree while taping and arranging lollipop in a canister until they resemble a tree. It’s a simple way to make candy rewards even MORE fun!
- Stamp it! Each time your child successfully potties he can get a super-cool stamp! Markers with stamps on one end are a mess-free way to reward with stamps. Your toddler can get TWO stamps if he remembers to wash his hands without a parent’s prompting! This instant reward is perfect for toddlers because they’re long-term memories are not-so-long…;0)
- Take a weekly trip to the library. Take your potty-training toddler to the library and let him look through the oodles and oodles of potty-training books. Every time he potties you and him can curl up and read a new potty-training book! Books are also great to encourage your toddler to sit on the potty — and stay there. Keep a stash of library books nearby for those seemingly endless waiting minute son the potty!
- Change the color of water! Each time your toddler heads to the potty, let him drop in a few drops of food coloring to “magically” change the water color. obviously, this fun should be under adult supervision.
- Hang a sticker chart in the bathroom. Your child can earn a sticker each time they use the potty and wash their hands. Once their chart is full, you can reward them with a prize or other reward.
- Build a block tower. This is similar to the sticker chart system, but instead of stickers you’ll be using blocks. Colorful blocks that snap together are best, so the tower doesn’t fall apart. Little ones can earn a block each time they go to the potty and wash their hands. For some kids, seeing how big they can build their tower may be enough of a reward. You can also give a prize once all of the blocks have been earned.
- Blow some bubbles! What kid doesn’t love bubbles? And it’s a fun and simple activity you can do inside OR outside the house. Choose bubble containers with your child’s favorite characters — or be super-crazy and place a bubble blower in the bathroom! Make it a fun celebration!
- Add personal decorations. At the end of a successful potty training day, let your child add something special to his own “potty space.” you can decorate portable potty seats with stickers, place fun soaps in the bathroom or add a new step-stool. Either way, let your child know that as he succeeds in potty training he gets to help create a “personal potty space” so that future potty visit are even more fun!
- Place a rewards basket in plain view. Keep your library books, cute stickers, favorite candies, and other rewards stashed away in a “potty training basket”. Place those CVS Training pants in there too — you know the ones with the super-cute designs! The reward basket basket serves as a visual reminder for your child that potty training is FUN!
- Start with squirt guns! If your toddler is still uneasy about beginning the potty training adventure, keep squirt guns in the bathroom to let your child squirt colored water into the toilet. To get your child excited about this reward, go ahead and give him a free turn first so he can see how much fun it is! You an even throw in some fruit ring cereal to use as targets for the squirt guns!
Potty training doesn’t have to be a chore. Make it fun for everyone with one or more of these reward ideas! Be sure to grab those crazy-cute training pants at CVS. Don’t fret, busy mom, with consistency, rewards, praise, and a whole lot of patience, your child will be trained in no time!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CVS Training Pants. All opinions are my own!