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April 23, 2024

Potty Training Tricks

 Reach for your bags of tricks to help your child stay confident during potty training!

 • Sticker Chart  Create a colorful and fun day-to-day chart. When your child has a successful trip to the bathroom, let him decorate the day with a sticker or even let him be the one to check the day off.

 • Books Keep a stash of books in the bathroom that are only for use while on the toilet.

 Get your toddler comfortable in bathroom by having him sit on the toilet fully clothed as you read a book. When he’s ready, have him sit without his pullup or diaper.

Take a trip to the bookstore and have your child pick out new books, but let him read the special potty books only when going to the bathroom.

 • Water Colors  Dye the toilet water with red or blue food coloring — when he goes potty it will change color to orange or green, turning training into a game. As your little boy gets older, he will love this motivation as he learns to aim.


About the Author

Susan Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief of Cincinnati Family Magazine and a mother of four.