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Need some advice when things aren’t going as expected? Want to share a potty training tip with other parents? This is the place to be! Choose from the four categories below and find all you need to know.

  • Essential Tools for Potty Training

    Essential Tools for Potty Training

    Former Pull-Ups® Potty Training Partner and stay-at-home mom, Julie Anaya, offers real-life insights about creating an effective system for potty training. We talked with her about toilet training and the steps she took to ensure her toddler felt like a Big Kid.

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  • All About Potty Seats

    All About Potty Seats

    It’s all about independence. That’s the word on potty seats from family practitioner and parenting expert Dr. Jody McVittie. Read about expert advice to help boost your child’s independence and create a casual attitude when they are using the bathroom.

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  • How to Dress for Success

    How to Dress for Success

    For children who are in diapers full time, cute toddler outfits are just fine, but when a child begins potty training, it’s time to put them in the back of the closet or give them to the local thrift shop. When it comes to potty training, simple and easy-to-use clothes outrank cute and adorable.

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  • Steps to Overnight Success

    Steps to Overnight Success

    Your child may be a pro at staying dry during the day, but nighttime can be a different task altogether. Don’t get discouraged though, because nighttime is typically the part of the day that takes the longest for a child to master. But a little planning and patience can make it much easier for your tot to succeed.

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  • Reward Ideas for Your Big Kid

    Reward Ideas for Your Big Kid

    Have you ever rewarded yourself for a job well done? Maybe you bought your coffee instead of making it. Or maybe you enjoyed a half-hour in the bathtub with no interruptions (or rubber ducks floating around next to you). Children need rewards too, especially during training, and a little reward can go a long way to make them feel special.

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  • Potty Training on the Go: Top Tips for Potty Training Outside the Home

    Potty Training on the Go: Top Tips for Potty Training Outside the Home

    Making sure your child is comfortable is an essential step while training on the go. Here we have several moms sharing tips about training on the road, in public bathrooms, and remembering to stay patient and calm during the process.

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Reward Ideas for Your Big Kid

Reward Ideas for Your Big Kid

by Jen Singer

Have you ever rewarded yourself for a job well done? Maybe you bought your coffee instead of making it. Or maybe you enjoyed a half-hour in the bathtub with no interruptions (or rubber ducks floating around next to you). Children need rewards too, especially during training, and a little reward can go a long way to make them feel special.

Whatever your reward, it made you feel good, right? And it probably made you want to do more of the good job you’d done to earn it.

That’s exactly how rewards work for potty trainees. Think about it: You’re a toddler, and you’re being asked to try an entirely new process that seems much harder than just peeing and pooping in your diaper like you’ve been doing for the past few years. As a result, the potty training process can feel overwhelming, tiring and even scary. So a little reward or two can go a long way in making potty training more fun.

When my kids were potty training, I gave them stickers, which I affixed to their shirts to present to daddy like little decorated generals. Some parents even let their kids affix the stickers right onto the potty. One of my friends rewarded potty training successes with candy pieces — one for #1 and two for #2, of course. I know parents who stocked up on cheap goodies from the dollar store to use as rewards, but make sure to avoid anything small the could potentially be a chocking hazard.

Others have skipped the treats altogether and used different methods, like helping their toddler fill out a potty training chart, singing and dancing the Potty Dance, calling grandma or simply offering up an enthusiastic high-five.

The key to choosing a reward for your potty trainee is to figure out what works with his or her personality, and to change it up if the reward stops working as an incentive. For instance, offer up a different sheet of stickers every few days.

For moms overseeing the potty training process, there are rewards as well. In a recent survey, 76% of moms agree that seeing their child’s pride at having success is a reward of potty training. Of course, a venti coffee or movies with your girlfriends feel pretty good, too!

While you’re potty training, reward your little one, and reward yourself, too. You’ve earned it!