If you’ve taken our Potty Training Readiness Quiz and determined your child is ready to start potty training, a great next step is to take the quick Potty Personality Quiz to find out if your child is high-energy, shy, free-spirited, eager-to-please or careful. Once you know more about child’s potty training personality — and how it might impact learning to use the potty — it’s time to explore potty training tools and decide what will work best for your family.
These seven potty training tools are designed to make potty training engaging and entertaining for your child while making the process as fun, fast, and easy as possible:
Potty Training Tools
Disney Character Calls. Get positive reinforcement from your child’s favorite Disney characters. Arrange an encouraging call to get your child excited about potty training. It’s a great way to surprise your toddler and celebrate their potty training success!.
Build-a-Bathroom Puzzle. The bathroom might seem like a mysterious place to your child. Help solve this with a Build-a-Bathroom Puzzle. Explore the bathroom and explain what each piece of equipment does and how it works, and then demonstrate.
For example, explain how you wipe yourself with the toilet paper, how the toilet bowl fills with water when you flush and how you wash your hands with soap afterward. Verbally label each component of the bathroom to help your child’s language develop, so they can communicate effectively with you.
Pull-Ups® Scavenger Hunt. If you want to add a little more fun to your potty training routine, try the Pull-Ups Scavenger Hunt. The game lets your youngster seek and find all of their potty training items. Place their potty training goodies around the room including Pull-Ups® training pants and a potty chair. Afterwards, have a discussion about each of the items that your child finds and how it will help them learn to use the potty.
Potty Time Sequence Cards. Help teach your child the sequence of events leading up to using the potty by detailing each step. After you’ve identified the parts of the bathroom, download these free potty training flash cards with words and pictures so you can continue the conversation in and out of the bathroom.
Play a game of “What do we do first? Next?” Have your child put the cards in the correct order and then demonstrate the process. You can also play a labeling game, asking, “What’s this? What do we do with it?” An important part of potty training is knowing your body and how it feels when you have to go. Talk about what to do when you have that feeling.
Potty training certificates. Download our printable potty training certificate or create your own and present it to your child when they begin their journey or successfully go on the potty for the first time.
Take a picture of your child with the certificate, print it out and display it in a prominent place so they can be reminded of their impressive achievement and show it off to family members and guests. This certificate is a great way to demonstrate the decision you and your little one are making to embark on the potty training journey together.
Potty Training Sticker Chart. Celebrate successes — even small ones. Help your child show off their potty training achievements by creating a chart that hangs at their eye level in the bathroom. Let them choose stickers to add to the chart each time they reach a goal.
Say things like, “Each time you use the potty like a Big Kid, you can put a sticker on your chart. Let’s see how many stickers we can put on the chart today!” Keep in mind that toddlers don’t have a solid sense of time yet, so stickers are most effective when used as an immediate positive reinforcement rather than as a goal to save up for later.
My Potty Book. Get creative with your child and create a “My Potty Book” together. Write a little story about your child’s journey and how they use the potty. You might include phrases like “Sometimes my tummy feels funny and I dance around — that’s when I know I need to use the potty” and “I pull down my pants and sit on the potty.” And be sure to include the fun moments too, like how you celebrate successes together.
Your child can draw the pictures, or you can cut pictures out of magazines to paste in. It doesn’t have to be fancy—any spiral notebook or blank journal will do. Make your child the star of the story, and include their favorite colors, toys, and friends or family in the story. Some parents include extra pages at the back of the book for stickers instead of making a sticker chart.
Potty training is an important step towards growing up and becoming a Big Kid — and an important step for any parent too. You’re in this together! With so many fun options, you can customize your child’s potty training experience and help them stay engaged throughout the journey while making things easier for yourself too.
As you’re having fun, remember that starting potty training also means it’s time to ditch the diapers for good and switch to Pull-Ups® training pants. By ditching the diapers, you’re acknowledging potty training as an important achievement in your toddler’s development. Toddlers thrive on consistency, so this will help them practice and feel comfortable with their new skills.