Category: potty training tips

December 2, 2012

Mini Piccolini – DIY Potty Training Chart

We recently potty-trained Little A (using the 3-day method). One of the things we found helpful was having a potty chart as a reward system for Alec.

We definitely wanted to give Little A a ton of praise and really celebrate his little potty successes along the way, but I’m not crazy about using edible treats as a reward, and we didn’t feel like we could give him a present for every single success. It would end up being too much stuff and too much of a distraction.

So I made Alec a star chart.Alec was just shy of 23 months old when we potty-trained him, but he immediately “got” the potty chart and how it worked. We decided that he would earn one gold star for each potty success, and that four gold stars would equal a present. Alec likes the number four and it felt like four stars was achievable for him.

I made the chart using a piece of cardboard I ripped off an old moving box, some leftover black flannel, colorful felt scraps, a piece of ribbon, and my trusty glue gun. It’s really important that the background is made of flannel fabric because felt doesn’t stick to felt, felt sticks to flannel.

Here’s how you make it:

  • Cover the cardboard with your flannel fabric using glue gun
  • Cut out shapes and decorate using ribbon if you wish
  • Glue the shapes to the background
  • Cut out as many star shapes as you have decided to use (I used a star-shaped cookie cutter to get the shape right)
Then I wrapped up a bunch of books and some other little trinkets, like cookie cutters and molds to use with playdough. And then Alec started earning his stars!

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August 18, 2011

Potty Training

What is your potty training technique? Harper doesn’t seem to have a huge interest. I am now bribing her. I kind of feel like a dog trainer! Anyone else? Last night after she went peepee in the potty she wanted a “rojo” M&M. I literally went through the entire package until i found the 1 RED M&M! So strange!

July 6, 2010

potty training tips from Before the Baby Wakes

after my potty training post, i received some great tips from a lot of you. here are a few highlights from an article by a blogger friend. to read the entire potty training article visit

• Set an egg timer to go off every 10 minutes to remind you to put your tot on the pot.

• Keep on the potty for 5 minutes when there is no accident.

• After an accident put on potty for 2 minutes.

• Take a week and watch your tots “poop schedule” to determine when you should expect them to need to poop.

• Keep them naked during the day. Cuts down on the laundry. But now realize when you do this you may have yourself a little naked chef in the kitchen.

• During nap and night time put a diaper on.

• As soon as your toddler wakes from nap or wakes in the morning put them straight on the potty.

• When your toddler sits on the potty (even if they don’t do anything) give them a treat (we use M&M’s which are his favorite). The idea is to get them excited about sitting on the potty. And when they do final go on the potty make a huge deal about it!

• During the week you watch for poop times, use the potty as his chair to watch TV and read.

• If your toddler has an accident take her to the potty to show her where she is supposed to go.

• If your toddler seems to be extra cranky or sleepy or your getting close to dinner time end potty training for the day.

• Read to him while he’s on the potty.

• Puppy smell remover works best for cleaning up accidents

• Be consistent!
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