How to help your kids use the appropriate amount of toilet paper

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Potty training isn’t fun. Let’s just say that. I’ve never had a kiddo that did it on their own. There has always been work and parties and setbacks, but we’ve pretty much got 3/4 completely done.

I don’t know if it’s a girl thing or not, but we go through A TON of toilet paper. When I’m at the store, for anything else, it’s a rule to just pick up more! And, I don’t know why it took me so long to realize this, but they are quite egregious with their use of the TP stuff. Like most of the time, they are using way too much for their needs.

“Mommy, is this enough toilet paper?” is often yelled from the bathroom and when I get there, I see a pile of it like this the floor.

How to help your kids use the appropriate amount of toilet paper

So, I wanted to figure out a way to visually remind them of a more appropriate amount to use.

How to help your kids use the appropriate amount of toilet paper

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Using my Silhouette machine, I cut out some various shapes on scraps of permanent vinyl. I then let E decide which stickers she wanted to mark the cabinet. If you don’t have a vinyl cutting machine, you could easily use any sticker you wanted. I decided to use this because it’s permanent and because I know my girls would pick a sticker right off the cabinet.

I measured out where the appropriate amount of paper would hit the cabinet (or wall) and placed my arrow stickers on there.

How to help your kids use the appropriate amount of toilet paper

And viola, now they know what the right amount of toilet paper is without asking me to double check it for them. And, we won’t end up wasting / using so much toilet paper every week.

How to help your kids use the appropriate amount of toilet paper

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How to help your kids use the appropriate amount of toilet paper

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Do you have any tricks or tips to help your kids with their toilet paper usage?

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9 Comments

  1. Smart! My niece clogged Chase’s parent’s toilet MANY times with just TP. One time, she used a whole roll!! I can;t say I’ve come across a boy who’s done it yet, but I have to remind Red to wipe!!

    1. Oh, yes, this is totally a reminder for those that don’t care to wipe or use enough, either! Because we have at least one of those, too!

  2. This idea is BRILLIANT! Even my teens need this reminder of how much TP to use. So SMART.

  3. That’s great! I’m no where near potty training, but will keep this in mind! Thanks!!

  4. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    What a fantastic idea to help regulate bathroom tissue use;)

  5. I can’t get past the fact that your an “under” toilet paper roller!! Lol

    1. It’s funny..I’m very type-a, but I don’t even pay attention to the roll. I change so many a day, I’m lucky there’s any TP there!

  6. I really hope this helps get my nephew to stop using half a roll every single time! We had a whole conversation after he clogged the toilet again and he did it again 30 mins later.. wish me luck

    1. Oh goodness! That’s not fun. I bet you are well versed in all things plunger now! Good luck! I hope it works with your nephew.

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