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Potty training charts for toddlers are a great tool to help your child succeed during potty training. 

Potty training a toddler can be a major challenge for a parent. While some toddlers potty train easily, many don’t.  

If you have been struggling with potty training your child, I want to show you how a few tips and a cute potty training chart can help your toddler become consistent at pottying, even at night. 

Potty training charts for toddlers

What are potty training charts for toddlers? 

A potty training chart is a cute colorful chart that shows how many times your child has successfully used the toilet. We have a few charts to choose from on the site.

This chart is a simple sticker chart, that adds a fun routine to potty training. 

Potty training charts use positive reinforcement to encourage your child to use the potty regularly. 

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How to use a potty training chart? 

When you are first starting with potty training, you can use your potty training chart to reward your child every time he tries to go to the potty. 

This is especially helpful if your child is fearful or reluctant to even sit on the potty.  Sitting on the potty, even if they can’t get a single dropout, is one of the first behaviors you should reward when potty training. 

Once your child will sit on the potty regularly without being upset or scared, it’s time to transition to only rewarding times your child makes it to the potty and goes potty in the toilet. 

For some toddlers, they will get peeing in the potty down pretty quickly, but struggle with pooping in the potty. You can transition your potty training chart once again so that they only get a sticker if they poop on the potty. Or they get a special sticker (like a raised, bubble sticker or a special glittery one) for pooping, that way you don’t accidentally stop praising peeing in the potty before it’s ingrained in your child.

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How can a potty training chart help my child potty train? 

A potty training chart helps toddlers learn how to use the toilet through positive reinforcement. 

Positive reinforcement is when you focus your attention on a particular behavior you want your child to do, in this case using the potty. 

Positive reinforcement is a healthy method to help your child learn a new behavior; it motivates her to keep trying to potty.  It also gives them a sense of pride and boosts their confidence. 

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How should I reward my child for potty training? 

While trying to potty train your child, you need to use all types of positive reinforcement and never shame or punish them for having accidents. Positive touch, such as hugging or high five-ing after your child uses the potty is one of the best ways to increase your child’s confidence in using the bathroom.  

A trip to the playground, M&M’s, stickers, and praise can all serve as great incentives for your child to use the potty. Why not check out some of the reward ideas my daughter came up with, for potty training and beyond!

Another form of positive reinforcement could be a special potty dance party or some loud clapping and cheers. Your toddler may be more sensitive, so be sure your potty training cheering is gentle and comforting. You do not want to overwhelm. 

You can also tell your child that when they fill up their entire potty training chart that they get a special toy or a special treat like an ice cream date with Mom and Dad. 

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At what age is a toddler supposed to be potty trained?

Toddlers will typically show signs of potty training readiness as young as 18 months, but some won’t be ready until 3 or 4 years old, according to this article by  the Mayo Clinic. 

Nearly all children are potty trained by 5 or 6 years old.   

Your toddler needs to first show interest in potty training. Some ways they do this is by trying to take off their wet and dirty diapers, becoming interested in the potty, and wanting to go with adults when they use the toilet.

Typically they will also start saying words for peeing and pooping, these are likely going to be variations of words you use to describing toileting. 

One of the biggest indicators of readiness for potty training is when the child begins to hide to poop.

How often should I take my child to the potty while potty training? 

Until your toddler feels the need to go to the bathroom, you will need to take them on a regular schedule.

Start by taking them to the potty every fifteen minutes and allow them to sit on the potty for a few minutes. If they do use the potty, praise them, but if they don’t still praise them for trying. 

If your toddler is as impatient as mine was, you will need a small selection of potty time only toys and books. These toys do not have to be new, but they do need to be placed in a small basket and only allowed to be played with when your child is sitting on the potty. 

After a few days of taking your child to the bathroom every fifteen minutes, they should be able to increase the time between trips, especially if they have succeeded at peeing or pooping in the potty.  Start slowly by adding five minutes between potty trips.  If your child has more accidents, you need to take them to the potty more frequently.  

If your child has an accident, it is better to not pay any attention to it other than cleaning it up and helping them change their clothes than to give them negative attention. I know that’s much harder than it sounds, but you can make it easier by keeping a towel and some spare pants and underwear handy.  

You don’t want your child to inadvertently associate going pee or poop with shame, it will make it harder to potty train them. 

Tips on potty training your child at night

Potty training a child to stay dry all night takes a combination of biological readiness and good parenting strategies.  Once your child has been staying dry during the day for a while and they are waking up dry more frequently, it is time to start getting your child potty trained at night. 

1. Don’t allow anything to drink a few hours before bed. 

If you don’t fill up the tank, there’s nothing to empty. If your child is used to drinking water before bed, it might be hard to break the habit. Start with a smaller timeframe and then grow from there. 

2. Take them to the toilet just before going to sleep. 

Make it a routine part of your bedtime routine that your child uses the toilet again just before tucking them in for the night. Even if they went before brushing their teeth and story time.

3. Take them to the bathroom in the middle of the night or just before you go to sleep. 

You will want to wake up your child before bed and when you wake up in the middle of the night, so they can use the bathroom. I have led my kids to the potty many times when they were half asleep to help them stay dry.  After a while, they will probably wake themselves up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. 

4. Install night lights all the way to the bathroom

Sometimes children don’t get up at night to go potty because a dark, quiet house is scary. Dad snoring in the other room, the sounds of fans, and other household sounds that your child does not notice during the day, can all feel like potential threats to your toddler at nighttime.   Installing nightlights and talking about the things you hear can help your child get up and go to the bathroom at night. 

5. Praise them when they stay dry

Tell your child you are proud of them when they wake up dry in the morning. You can even use a potty chart and put a sticker on it each morning when they wake up dry. Seeing how many times they woke up dry, will reinforce how great it is to wake up dry.  

When your child wakes up wet, avoid showing any negative attention. For some children, staying dry at night can be extremely difficult, and bedwetting has even been shown to have a genetic component to it. It is seldom your child’s fault when he wakes up wet. After all, no one likes to sleep in a wet bed or in wet pyjamas. 

Potty training is a huge milestone for your child, but not one that comes easily. 

Potty training can be frustrating for parents and children, from taking them to the potty multiple times a day to changing sheets in the middle of the night.  

But with consistency and positive reinforcement, you will have a potty-trained toddler in no time and you will live in a diaper-free world. 

Potty training charts for toddlers are a great tool to have in your potty training arsenal, along with rewards, praise, and consistency. 

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All this talk of poo or potties means that perhaps we need to chat potty training now too!

You can check some of the other resources out as well beyond KiddyCharts too:

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Thank you for reading, see you soon.

Helen

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