Jill's brilliant take on toilet training bribery (we expect nothing less from her at this point):
Here's my best potty training hack. It worked for #1 and #2 is loving the process and doing well so far.
I bought large 2'x3' posters with lots of "stuff" on them. Son #1 picked antique locomotives, son #2 picked instruments of the symphony orchestra (interesting choice for a 2 y.o.?!) I taped squares of construction paper all over the items on the poster before they'd ever seen it. There are about four pieces covering each instrument/train. With one kid the issue was wetting himself, so at first each pee reward was one piece of paper removed. After a good week it took dry till lunch to get one piece, then later it was one piece for a whole day. By then we were almost done with the poster and the potty using was internalized.
Second kid is struggling with bowel issues, so he removes a piece of paper from his poster each time he poops in the potty (2x day here). I can't say I don't employ any candy (he actually just chose dried apricots instead tho), but we're all enjoying the slow revealing of this poster and can eventually put it in their bedroom.
I hope to be diaper free by 2007. [Success, Jill? — Ed]
What non-candy potty training rewards have best motivated your kids?
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