Here are nine suggestions to help celebrate the beginning of this milestone and kick off a fun potty training experience:

  1. Consider what will work best for your child. Every kid has a different potty training journey. That’s because all kids are different — and because there are different potty personalities. Take the quick Potty Personality Quiz to find out if your child is high-energy, shy, free-spirited, eager-to-please or cautious. Then explore tips based on your child’s potty personality.

  2. Take a special shopping trip to pick up some potty essentials. Choose a local store where you can easily purchase a potty and Pull-Ups® training pants with your child. Let them have a sense of ownership over the process by allowing them to select the potty and some special Pull-Ups® training pants that have their favorite characters on them.

    Don’t pick up anything else on this trip – just make it about potty training so your child feels proud about the big step you’re taking together. Check out our Potty Training Shopping List for more ideas on essentials you can pick up together.

  3. Plan a scavenger hunt. Once you’ve shopped for all the potty training essentials, get your child to interact with them in the Pull-Ups® Scavenger Hunt. This game gets your child to find their Pull-Ups® training pants, potty chair, toilet paper, and soap around the house. After your child has found everything, ask them to put all their potty training items together in a special place.

  4. Create a potty training treasure chest. Many families keep special little toys, books or small stuffed animals in the bathroom to keep their child entertained as they’re learning to use the toilet. To keep them organized — and add a fun personal touch — create a potty training treasure chest for your girl or your boy. Start with an empty shoe box or a plastic container and have you or your child decorate it with stickers, adhesive shelf-paper or paint. Then fill it with potty time fun.

  5. Print or make a potty training sticker chart. There are lots of great sticker charts you can easily find and print online (including here on this site!), but if your child is interested in arts and crafts, making their own sticker chart could be a great way to get them excited. Simply gather all the supplies you’ll need such as poster board, stickers, markers and pencils and get creative with your toddler.

    You can make the sticker chart grid beforehand so that all your child needs to do is decorate. Alternatively, you can glue a one-month wall calendar onto your poster board as a base for the chart. Letting your child personalize the chart could make all the difference.

    You can find other fun tools for potty training including printables here.

  6. Surprise your child with a potty training “cake.” Using Pull-Ups® training pants and underpants with your child’s favorite characters and colors, build a potty training cake that you can use as a centerpiece for a celebratory meal with your child. You may have seen something similar done with diapers at a baby shower.

    Simply roll the Pull-Ups® training pants and underpants into tight rolls and bundle them to create a “cake” base, which you can tier. Then decorate it with ribbons or colorful magic markers that coordinate with your theme. Top the cake with a unique book that your child can read on the potty.

  7. Encourage your child to mimic your moves. Kids love to watch what their parents and other grownups do and then copy them. And using the potty is definitely one thing you’d like them to mimic. Use the “Can You Do What I Do?” game to make teaching them all the parts of the pottying process one by one.

  8. Make a potty training rewards jar. Get a bunch of craft sticks — or leftover Popsicle® sticks — and create a jar of rewards. On each stick, write a small reward such picking out a new coloring book, having a favorite snack, listening to a favorite song or playing a game with Mom or Dad. Then, decide how your toddler will earn the rewards, such as by using their potty chair successfully or using a new toilet when you’re away from home. When a success happens, let them pull out a stick and listen as you read the surprise reward.

  9. Come up with a unique “going to the potty” song together. Does your child have a favorite song that you can repurpose with some potty training lyrics? Try making up a funny chorus that you and your child can sing when they are sitting on the potty or after they’ve successfully gone. Adding a melody will make potty training something fun to look forward to. If you have other family members around, encourage them to join in. Kids should feel proud of their successes!

Setting off on the potty training journey is exciting for you and your child. Make sure they’re not feeling too much pressure and keep things fun and positive. Remember, this is an important milestone for your child, so approach it as a bonding moment — one that sets the tone for your parent/child partnership for years to come. Keep your own expectations in check and take any set-backs in stride.

Be sure to keep the fun going throughout the process too. Opportunities for goofy dance parties and little celebrations extend far beyond the initial potty training kick-off. With the average child taking eight months to potty train, there’s good reason to keep the fun going day after day.