Potty Training Charts
As you start a potty training program with your child, it can be difficult to track how they are doing with the number of accidents versus successful trips to the bathroom. However, a great potty training chart will help you to track this so you can focus on adapting your strategy as your child is ready. You can get our free printable potty training chart here and learn how to best use them to your advantage below.
How to Use Potty Charts
For potty training success, it is important to have a visual for you and your child and give a sense of achievement. Our Everyday Life notes that the use of a sticker chart is a “tried-and-true potty training method,” but you need to know how to use it.
Here are five tips to help your little one know both what the chart is and get excited to use it as part of your potty training kit.
- Hang it- By seeing the chart constantly, it will remind your child to use their potty seat instead of going in their diaper or training pants. Since it’s a new concept for them, they will need many reminders to let you know when they need to go, and this chart is just one extra visual reminder.
- Use stickers- Stickers or stamps are a great way for your child to see their potty training success. They can see the chart on the wall and get excited over how many stickers they have on there, especially when those stickers are of their favorite character.
- Discuss- You will also need to explain to your kid what you are doing, and why they are getting the stickers. This will help get their eyes on the prize and want to toilet train to fill up the potty reward chart.
- Constant reminders- Kids will also need your help to remind them to let you know when they have to go. Tell them “let mama know when you need to use the big boy potty” and point to the chart so they think about if they have to go or not.
- Frequent use- You will want to make sure your child fills up their sticker chart with frequent trips to the bathroom. Keep them on a potty schedule with plenty of liquids on your potty training days so they get to put a lot of stickers up to build up the excitement.
Explaining the Chart for Kids
The most important part of using the chart for toilet training is knowing that your child understands it. This will get them excited and want to use their potty chair.
Follow these steps for telling your child about the chart:
- Describe what the chart is for- When your child sees the Mickey Mouse potty chart on the wall, they just see their favorite character. Show them that the chart gets a sticker each time the potty is used so they understand how to earn the rewards.
- Get them involved- Let them put up the sticker or stamp, or if they prefer, use crayons to mark off each box. This will get them excited to do it each time they have a successful trip to the bathroom.
- Pick the right reward- Make sure you have a reward that the child will get excited about. Perhaps each time they keep their training pants dry with a successful trip to the big boy potty, they get a sticker. If they have a bowel movement, which is more intimidating on the toilet for kids, they get a sticker and an additional reward for extra incentive.
The use of positive reinforcement instead of punishment will be much more effective for your little one when it is time to toilet train. However, you will need to choose the reward that works best for your family. Many parents on Baby Center gave their advice on different treats to reward with.
Here are some additional ways to pair rewards with the potty training sticker chart.
- Each Square- If your child likes stickers, being able to put the sticker on their chart may be enough reward for them to begin with. If not, consider a very small reward, such as one M&M or a new crayon, for each square.
- Each Row- If they just get the sticker for each square, think about giving a small treat each time they complete a row on the potty training reward chart. This will keep them interested and work toward having potty time success to complete the next row. If you want to keep it from being a physical item, try the happy jar idea from Parenting where they can pick one of their favorite activities to do instead of a toy.
- The Sheet- Once they fill a sheet, let your child cash it in for a bigger reward. You can decide what is the best option for your child, but here are a variety of ideas:
- A new toy
- A trip to the park
- Half hour of screen time
Free Potty Charts for Boys and Girls
If you are ready to get started and put that potty training book you read to good use, click on one of our free printable potty charts below. Find the one with your child’s favorite character to get started, and begin your little one’s transition out of diapers.
You Did It
If you only want to use one chart for the entire duration of your toddler’s potty training, you might want to check this chart out – with 35 circles to fill in, your child can go for five weeks without needing a new chart.
Potty routine task chart
This chart illustrates a four-step process to “going potty” and then gives your child 19 slots to fill in for each time they successfully complete each of the four tasks in their proper sequence.
he lack of apparent structure can help your little ones think outside of the box as they fill in the fourteen daisies for each successful day of their training.
Giraffe 5 stars 5 weeks
This flexible chart with 5 rows of 5 boxes has the potential to be whatever you need it to be - emphasize each step of the training process or just want 25 day’s worth of space to track your kid’s progress
This dinosaur-themed chart will log seventeen days of your toddler’s successful potty training.
Colorful Spongebob Smiles
For fans of Spongebob Squarepants, this eight-week chart can be a great way to log the days of success during the potty training process.
Scary Monsters for six weeks
Some kids may find the black, empty eyes and bared teeth of these monsters as terrifying rather than exciting, so be careful and consult with your child in the selection of their chart.
Daily Schedule Star chart
With an emphasis on the daily routine, this chart can fill in quickly – a great inspiration for your little one!
Pee and Poo Achievements
This simple chart focuses on the essence of potty training – did your child pee or poo without mishap?
Use this simple template to teach your child the concept of earning rewards as they go through their potty training.
Lets talk about poo
This chart, specific to tracking the number of days your child goes without pooping in their diaper, is a simple way to isolate that single aspect of potty training.
My Awards with Prize Images
This chart is a great template for parents who are using a system of rewards to help motivate their child to master potty training.
Yoy and Ooops
This very simple, long-term chart will help you track your child’s successes and failures.
Sonic Race progress chart
This racetrack chart is the perfect way to log in your toddler’s success in their training – especially if they’re fans of Sonic.
Stairs to potty success
This chart uses the concept of stairs (ladders) to illustrate the vertical progress that your child will be making as they fill in the steps (rungs)
I can do it stars and smiles
This chart does not have a schedule written out – neither daily nor weekly nor even monthly – so you can choose and decide how you want to fill it in.
Batman weekly chart
This comprehensive, weeklong chart is a great place to start any young fan of Batman on their potty training journey.
Cool Cars Potty Chart
Potty training chart for your baby boy with toy cars. Write down your own targets, and mark progress by placing stickers on stars.
City Boy Potty Chart
This weeklong, super-comprehensive chart is a great way to break down the potty training process into manageable and measurable steps.
Pirate Reward Chart
This month-long, pirate-inspired chart is sure to inspire your little ones to a successful venture onto the open seas of potty training.
Lightning McQueen Cars
This Cars template should, with Lightning McQueen’s stellar grin on the bottom, provide great motivation and excitement for youngsters who want to grow up to beat the competition.
Spiderman weekly chart
This comprehensive, weeklong chart is a perfect place to start any tyke who loves Spiderman on their potty training journey.
Spiderman Monthly Chart
For little ones who want to grow up to be “like Spidey,” this potty training chart can log three weeks of their journey from metaphorical small-town goober to world-class hero.
Hello Kitty Reward Chart
Favourite character of so many baby girls, Hello Kitty, comes to help you with potty training. Mark your progress with stamps, stickers, markers, or crayons, and don't forget a cute hello kitty reward.
Princess And Flowers
Very soft and feminine potty training chart for your baby girl with different princess characters and flowers to put stickers over.
Puzzle Piece Princess
The puzzle pieces representing the days can help you explain to your child how they’re building themselves into “big kids” – one piece at a time, until the puzzle is complete.
Pink staircase to reward
This six-day chart is designed to be like a staircase to reward – for every day of successful potty training, they rise a little closer to their goal.
Cute chibi girl
Pink girly chart with butterflies, dolls, hearts, and flowers. Use stickers to mark potty progress.
Cute doll Chart
Vibrantly colorful chart to start your daughter on her potty training with two weeks of logging space.
I can do it reward journey
This week-long chart has an emphasis towards toddlers who are earning a reward through their successful potty training.
Clouds and Hearts
This cute, simple chart will give you forty days of logging in the successes of your little one.
My diaper stays dry all day
This thirteen-day chart, specific to logging the days your child manages to finish with a dry diaper, is an easy way to focus you and your toddler’s attention on the tangible results of potty training – that is, it draws attention to the fact that they will have a clean diaper at the end of a successful day.
My Potty Progress
This ten-day chart designed for girls is a great place to start logging your toddler’s training successes.
Pink Hearts and Teddy Bears
This comprehensive chart logs five day’s worth of training on its pink, heart-laden surface.
Treasure Box Money Reward
This eleven-day chart is aimed at toddlers who are going to earn a reward for the successful completion of their potty training.