The basis for using stickers and a chart is really simple- to provide a visual reward for positive behavior.  Children love to have their work displayed, and potty training charts capitalize on that fact.  The positive incentive encourages the desired behavior.  The child practices the behavior enough that it becomes habit, and before you know it, the child is potty trained.  Charts and stickers provide a visual reinforcement, a reminder of the progress

being made, and are motivating for both parents and children.

There are several ways to approach potty training with rewards.  The key is to have your child feel a sense of pride and accomplishment for her hard work.  Keep in mind you don’t want her to feel bribed, or left feeling disappointed if she is unable to earn a reward.

You know your child best, so try to design a “reward system” that you think will work for your child.  The “reward system” could be as simple as a sticker for each time your child goes to the potty.  Or you might decide to reward your child each time she attempts to go to the potty.  You choose the “rewardable behavior”.

An increment of time or a certain number of “rewardable behaviors” lead to a “milestone reward”.  For instance, after 10 stickers or a day of trying, you could recognize your child’s effort by reading her an extra story or singing an extra song at bedtime.  To keep your toddler motivated, you can increase the value of the “milestone reward” as she progresses.

For example: at the end of the week, your child may get to select a toy from a “treasure chest” (a bin you have filled with new toys) or you may make a trip to the movies or you take her for a visit to her favorite park.

A caveat in regards to rewards:

If the reward is too big, then you child will be more focused on trying to get the reward and may get frustrated when she is unable to collect the reward as fast as she’d like.

Be flexible, making adjustments when needed.

For example: one mom used M & M’s for urinating in the potty.  This worked well in the beginning, but then her daughter figured out that she could urinate just a bit and still get an M & M.  Next thing she knew, instead of urinating all at one time, her daughter would urinate a bit at a time to get those M & M’s.  She had to change the rules on her daughter.  She drew a line inside the potty and told her daughter that she would now get an M & M only after the urine reached that line.

Remember, the best rewards for children are as simple as extra attention from a parent.  Verbal praise, extra hugs & kisses and extra quality time with a parent may go a much longer way in comparison with material rewards.

"Teaching is the highest form of understanding."

~ Aristotle

"Behavior is shaped by consequences"

~ Skinner

Potty Training in One Day is based on two simple concepts.

 The first concept is based on the fact that the best way to learn something is to teach it. We know that children learn from seeing, listening and hearing. They learn action and attitudes and will copy things that they have seen. So, what is better than using a doll to model the appropriate potty training behavior for your child?

The second concept is based on the fact that behavior is shaped by consequence. As a parent, you already know that children learn from the consequences of their action and you probably have already used this as an effective parenting tool.

There are two types of consequences for action – logical and natural . Natural consequence results from the child’s own actions. Logical consequence is also a result of behavior, but is imposed by the parent.

So, basically, with your guidance, your child will teach a potty training doll appropriate "going potty" behaviors. Your child will start learning that the natural consequence of drinking is the urge to urinate. The logical consequence of urinating in a potty are rewards such as such as verbal & non-verbal praise, treats, toys and even a celebration potty party.


Then, your child will teach the doll the natural consequence of not using the potty, which is wet underwear. The logical consequence of this undesired behavior is practicing going back and forth to the potty.

It is as simple as that. And it works.

However, like most things in life, success is a result of preparation and planning. There is no miracle pill – it will take some effort and energy on your part to be successful.

Potty Training in One Day A Guide for Today’s Parent’s explains how to guide your child step by step.

The concept of Potty Training using potty dolls was introduced in 1974 by two psychologists named Nathan H. Azrin and Richard M. Foxx in their book "Toilet Training in Less Than a Day" .

They were researching how to potty train special needs (autistic, down syndrome and mentally retarded) children. Read more about the research and the book by here .


Since then, several potty training books for parents such as "Potty Training for Dummies"& "The Everything Potty Training Book" have talked about using potty dolls for potty training, but not until Dr. Phil has this method become really popular.

Dr Phil has done two shows on Potty Training in One Day . His first show aired on November 8th, 2002 and the second show in prime time on September 22nd, 2004.

Dr. Phil’s first show was part of a series called "How to get your child to…" where he covered topics such as sleep through the night, eat what you eat and of course potty training. On this show, he showed 3 mothers how to potty their children using a potty doll and how to do it in one day. (This is the show that inspired me to invent the potty training dolls – Potty Scotty and Potty Patty).

His second show was part of the promotion for his new book "Family First". He did a show in prime time, instead of his regular afternoon show. The show was called "Dr Phil. A PRIME TIME SPECIAL Family First". On this show he covered topics such as parenting mistakes, raising your child’s IQ, spoiling your child rotten and of course he had many celebrities like Patricia Heaton from

Everyone Loves Raymond, Amy Brennerman from Judging Amy talking about the challenges of being a working parent.

On this show, with the help of celebrity moms Holly Robinson Peete and Vanessa Marcil, Dr. Phil, once again showed us how to potty train our children in one day using potty training dolls.

Since Dr. Phil’s first show there are many stores out there selling potty training dolls. Some are even claiming to be recommended by Dr. Phil. He has NOT recommended any potty training doll specifically. All he tells you is that you need a doll that wets .

Dr. Phil inspired me to create The Complete "Potty Train in One Day" Program for Boys & Girls with Potty Training Dolls – Potty Scotty and Potty Patty. I have of course written him and told him about this. I hope to be on his show in the near future!!!


The Potty Training in One Day – A Guide for Today’s Parents outlines a step by step process on how to potty train your child using these concepts.

Below is an excerpt from the Potty Training in One Day – A Guide for Today’s Parents

It outlines the summary of the potty training in one day technique:

The technique is focused on the one day, which I like to call the "Big Day" (see Figure 1 below). This is the day when the actual potty training is done and your child will give up diapers forever and start using "big kid" potty training pants. However, as many other things in life, in order for you to have a pleasant and successful "Big Day" you will have to spend some time preparing and planning for this day.

The planning and preparation could take anywhere from one hour to a few weeks depending on how ready you and your child are. The time required for the follow-up after the "Big Day" really depends on your child. Some children do not require any follow-up, but others may require more.



Outlined below is a summary of each one of the steps. Each step is then discussed in detail to address the what, when, why, where and how.


Summary Preparation and Planning


Get ready for the "Big Day". Position yourself for success by making sure that both you and your child are ready to do this and you have everything you will need. My recommendation is that you read this entire guide at least once, before you start to potty train your child.


Is your child ready to be potty trained ? Go through the child readiness section (page 13) to see if your child is physically and mentally ready for this challenge.


Read through the Do’s and Don’ts of Potty Training (see page 16)


Make sure you have all the equipment required to Potty Train your child. This system includes all the major components that you will need, however, there are other things such as drinks, towels and sippy cups that are needed as well.


Select a distraction free day that you will dedicate to potty training your child. This will be the "Big Day" for you and your child.


Summary of "The Big Day"


On that "Big Day" you will switch from using diapers or pull-ups to using "big kid" potty training pants . Both your child and the doll will give up their diapers forever and will change from diapers to "big kid" underwear.


Then with your assistance and guidance your child will teach his/her potty training doll to go potty. S/he will start by giving the potty doll water. Give your child his/her favorite drink as well. Then your child will remove the doll’s "big kid" potty training pants and will make the doll pee on the potty.


You will both celebrate and throw a big party for the doll for being such a big boy/girl. You will make the doll feel special and grown up. You will also let your child know that s/he will also have a big party when s/he urinates in the potty. Dr. Phil suggested that you also tell your child that s/he could call his/her favorite superhero or person.


Continue to give your child fluids and ask him if s/he wants to go pee in the potty.


While waiting for your child to pee, make the potty training doll have an accident. In a very positive way, teach your child the consequences of having an accident – make the doll practice going to the potty 3 times.


You also want to encourage your child to practice pulling his/her pants down and sitting on the potty.


When your child pees in the potty, you will celebrate your child’s success with a party and /or a call to his/her superhero.


When your child has an accident, you help him clean up and change. Then practice going back and forth to the potty 9 times.


Congratulations!!! You and your child have done it. No more diapers!!!


Summary of the Follow-up


When your child has an accident, you help him clean up and change. Then practice going back and forth to the potty 9 times.

Dr. Phil has done 2 show on Potty Training in One Day.

His first show was November 8th, 2002.  This was a show on "How to Get Your Child To…." and he did a segment on How to Potty Train your child in one day.  He showed Mom’s


To launch his book – Family First he did a show in prime time (in the evening)  This show was aired on September 22nd, 2004, and he showed celebrity Moms Holly Peete Robinson and Vanessa Marcil how to potty train their children in one day using this method!



Test to determine if method is right for me!


Some times the most obvious answers are not the “right” answers. And this is one of those instances.

You would think that the most logical place to potty train a child would be where the potty is…in the bathroom, right?

Well, if you are using the one day potty training method, the bathroom could be a veritable torture chamber! (For you the mom, that is – AND this is based on the assumption that MOST of us have utility bathrooms and not luxurious bath suites!)


With the one day potty training method, the parent spends a whole bunch of time with the child sitting on the potty.

The parent will also require the child the do “Practice Potty  Runs” to and from the potty several times for each accident as well as for general practice.

All of these “exercises” are charted and prescribed to be performed on a regular basis and tracked on a chart throughout the potty training day.

So, as a matter of comfort and not to mention safety, (lots of running) the absolute best place to potty training a child with the one day method is….(drum roll)




Yes, the kitchen.

(My son Ryan in our Kitchen showing off his potty training certificate – he had graduated from potty school!!  Silly, yes, but it worked.  Ryan was accident free in 4 days!)




Or any place in your house where you and your child can spend the day together, be comfortable AND where cleaning potty accidents will be easier.

Now, before you start dreading what mom-in-law would say about seeing a potty chair in the kitchen, especially one that’s recently  been used and Junior forgot to take it to the “Big Potty” dump station, understand that this is a one week commitment.

At best, you may be able to station the “Little John” in the “Big John” at the conclusion of the training day.

But, even if the kitchen needs to be used for the follow up portion of the training, this should only be about 1-3 weeks of your life.

So, maybe you can take Mother out to lunch!

Parent & Child….

Child Readiness Article

You should consider this method for the following reasons:

  1. Potty Training in One Day™ is a proven method for potty training that has been successfully used by many parents.

    "….What we couldn’t do in four months we did in four hours with this program!….." Christian

  2. This method is supported by pediatricians and psychologists including Dr Phil McGraw who has done 2 show on how to potty train in one day.

  3. Growing in popularity due to today’s busy lifestyles. It is the perfect method for working mothers.

  4. The one "Big Day" training means that your toddler can go from diapers to accident free in record time. Acheive success in record time!.

    "Well, it’s the 3rd day past the BIG DAY and NO ACCIDENTS! Your product is great!!….." Kyle Young

  5. Not only does this method teach your child to go potty independently when he needs to go, it makes your toddler feel especially proud of his accomplishments.

  6. This Book & DVD provide comprehensive teaching materials that not only prepare you for the "Big Day", but also for the following days and nights.

  7. Supported by gender specific products, Potty Scotty for Boys and Potty Patty for Girls; some specifially developed for this method – such as the anatomically correct potty training dolls and the padded potty training pants.

    "I’m happy to day that our 2 Year – 3 month old son is potty trained……Potty Scotty definitely made the difference for us….." Pamela Lietz

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