Since this post was originally published last month, the team from Totsup have been back in contact with the offer to supply a giveaway to Tippytupps readers!! Therefore read on for the original review to find out what we thought of the reward chart, and to find all details as to how to win your very own Totsup Bus Reward Chart.
Darcie is now 2 years old and one of the things we keep coming back to is potty training. She showed interest last summer but as I was heavily pregnant and due any day, there seemed little point in starting until I had some time to dedicate to it. Fast forward 10 months and in that time we’ve had a few false starts, so we started looking at reward charts which is when we came across Totsup Bus Reward Chart.
The Totsup Red Bus Reward Chart is a 3D magnetic reward chart which comes complete with 10 passengers along with some letter stickers to be able to personalise your bus. As Darcie is still obsessed by the wheels on the bus (which we still have to sing regularly!) we thought that this would be a great way to try and get her using the potty more. Added to the fact that there is an optional animal passenger set available, this seemed like the perfect solution.
To support the actual bus which you can’t really carry around outside the home, there is also an app available on iOS which means that you can still use a virtual version of the chart while out and about. This means that you can use the reward bus from whereever you are and can therefore keep continuity.
The bus arrived quickly and was very easy to assemble by simply slotting the bus and bus stop into their stands. The product seems sturdy and also easy to clean if the need arises, which around my kids is a good thing seeing as they seem to get mess into places you never thought would be possible.
Darcie went for it straight away as we thought she would, and immediately the ‘people’ passengers were forgotten in light of the colourful animals. She took great pleasure in showing us all the animals one by one and telling us what they were, and very quickly got the hang of moving them all over from the bus stop onto the bus. While singing of course! This is something she wanted to do over and over again.
We sat her down and explained that she only gets to move an animal from the bus stop over to the bus when she does a wee or a poo in the potty or in the big girl toilet and for the first few hours we had high hopes as she excitedly sat on the potty waiting to move her animal over. Unfortunately it was short lived though and after a while she asked to put her nappy back on.
We’ve left it up on the window in the living room for a few weeks now and from time to time she asks to use the potty so she can move an animal over. Unfortunately though this only lasts for about 5 minutes before she’s asking for her nappy again so I just don’t think she’s ready yet. I don’t believe in pushing them until they’re ready and she’s still very young at 2 so I’m not too worried yet. Therefore, I think we’ll be packing away the bus ready to bring out in a few months time over the summer when we may have better success.
We never got to the stage where we needed to use the app but after having a play, it was really easy to set up and simple to use. So much so that Darcie would be able to do it herself by dragging and dropping the people onto the bus. I love the idea of it so they can still move their people across onto the bus when they are out of the home.
You can find the Bus Reward Chart online at www.totsup.co.uk and it retails at £22.95 where you have a choice of a red or a pink bus. The additional animal passengers are £3.50 and the iOS app is an additional 99p to download.
Although this didn’t work for us this time, I think that is more down to the fact she is not ready rather than the chart itself. She is definately open to the concept of a chart and loved this particular one so I have no doubt that when the time comes and she’s ready, that this will be a wonderful success.
It’s bold, bright and very visual, letting your child get involved in the action of working towards that reward and at just over £20, I think it is good value for money. Especially as it is small and therefore more discreet than a big flip chart which I have seen people use. I really like that it can be used for a variety of things such as bedtime routines, brushing teeth, getting dressed or undressed, behaviour, trying new foods, giving up a dummy as well as helping do things such as putting away toys. Therefore I have no doubt that we will get a lot of use from our Totup bus over the next few years!
The guys over at Totsup have offered one lucky reader the chance to win their very own Totsup Red Bus Reward Chart. Have a child or know one that could do with a little incentive for potty training, their bedtime routine or brushing their teeth? Then just enter via Rafflecopter using the link below and follow the usual social media accounts.
This giveaway is open to UK residents only, is powered by Rafflecopter and will close on Sunday 18th June 2017. The winner will then be chosen at random using the tool. For full terms and conditions for the giveaway, please visit the Tippytupps terms and conditions page.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a Totsup bus and animal passengers in return for my honest review. As always though, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.