potty training reward chart
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Potty training reward chart

Potty training isn’t something most of us look forward to, but it’s something we all have to get through at some stage of our parenting journey! It can be messy, frustrating and time consuming – but there are tools to help. Why not print off our free potty training reward chart – it’s free, fun and easy to use.

potty training reward chart

Download and print out your potty training reward chart here

We also have plenty of advice on potty training from how to get started, and how to know if your child is ready to real mum’s stories about potty training. 

How to use reward charts

It’s up to you whether you use stickers, or perhaps coloured markers or pens.

You can give your child a tick, a smiley face or a sticker each time he gets it right, or you can mark it off at the end of each day (best used with older children).

A few things to remember about reward charts

  1. It’s best to choose one behaviour at a time – so whether it’s bedtimes, sibling arguments, or tantrums – focus on that one thing. In this case it’s obviously potty training.
  2. Clearly explain to your child what the chart is for and make your plan SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
  3. Let your child have an input into the prizes on offer – you may be surprised at what they come up with, and it’s often a great insight into WHY their behaviour is lacking in the first place.

The prize

Each mark on their chart will be like a mini prize to them. You could also give them one Smartie each time they get a tick, or wait until they have five, six or a week’s worth of ticks before giving them something bigger – perhaps a one-on-one hot chocolate date with mum. Be sure you stick to the plan from the start though – no changing the goalposts midway through!

Reward charts are highly adaptable, so go with whatever works for you and your family.

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Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
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3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
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If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….