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Thursday, January 14, 2010

DIY: Potty Training Chart

We have been working on the dirty business of potty training these days. We are taking it slow. Clare is enthusiastic most of the time and, without going into the details, we are reaching some milestone achievements. But after taking her lead for most of the past year, I'm ready to make some serious progress. My sister-in-law (a different one. I know, I have many) made a cute chart to track and reward my niece's potty progress with stickers. "Hey! Clare likes stickers, maybe this would work!"

Here is the idea...

Get the full DIY (and ALL THE DOWNLOADABLES) after the jump

1. Wrap a piece of foam-core (mine was 20"x30") or stiff cardboard with wrapping paper (mine was from Old Navy)

2. Print out your templates, you can print directly on label stock, or adhere with a Xyron or double-stick tape later. See bottom of post for template links.

(note my sad printer running out of ink)

3. Cut out your shapes however you like.

4. Channel your inner high-school homecoming dance committee volunteer and take to that poster with glitter paint. Layer your cut-outs on another paper and create a border. Have fun and get creative. If you're not OCD, you might even let the kid help even (Do as I say, not as I do)

5. Arrange your pieces on your board and adhere everything.

(love that Xyron! So much, in fact, that we are planning a video tutorial!) If you are using a Xyron machine, PLEASE do your glitter afterward or make sure that it is TRULY dry, OY!)

I used some Martha Stewart Decorative Tape for my lines.

6. If, for your child, the big draw of potty training is actually getting to wear some big-kid knickers, as it is for Clare,  print out the boypants or Girlpants sticker sheet on adhesive paper and either cut out shapes or punch with circular craft punch (I cut mine square and used a Fiskars Round Corner Punch.) You might also want to try Avery labels and templates.

If it's not so much about the underpants, you might just want to stick to some cool store-bought stickers, but do make sure that they are brand new to make it a special event!

Happy potty training to you!

PS. If you make one (especially a boy version) PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send us a photo.

Potty Party

A reader suggested a "I gave it a try!" category. Great idea! There is a new file for that as well
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Blogger KimberleyAnn said...

this is FANTASTIC!
we're currently trying to tackle the potty training problem and i'm hoping that this will help!
I'll be making a boys version, so as soon as I have I'll get pictures straight to you!!

January 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

this is so cute! it's a little early for s but i will have to make one anyway. she does love stickers!

January 14, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is soo cute and will deinitely be a thing I tackle as we are looking for ideas to get our 2 1/2 yr old more motivated to like potty training. Thank you so much for this!!!
Angela Scrofano
Markham, ON Canada

January 17, 2010 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Eva Girl said...

This is going to be perfect for my son! He is better at reaching goals when he can see his progress. Thankx!

February 7, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger myra@double-sidedtape said...

Thank you thank you for posting this! My daughter has been doing sooo well with her potty training (this time around) and this chart is icing on the cake. Here's a picture of it...

February 9, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger EvaBabeDesigns said...

This is a great idea! Eva is now 15 months and we are prepping for the big day.

March 5, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Audrey @ said...

this is perfect totally what I have been looking for! thanks!!!!

September 1, 2010 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Pinkie said...

This is so cute. I've shared this link on my blog.

September 17, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger FlybabyInMaine said...

I just went to Family Dollar and Rite Aid and got supplies to make one for Melly (age 3) I will have to figure out how to send you a pic when it is done!

March 9, 2011 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger FlybabyInMaine said...

Yay I finished it... I posted it on my blog (with a link to you, of course!) come take a peek!

March 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM  

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