I heard potty training was hard. I had been collecting tips and tricks about potty training since before I was even through my first trimester with my oldest! Yep, I wanted to be prepared. I wanted to be super mom who had her kid potty trained by 18 months! Haha. Unrealistic, huh? My obsession started when a woman at church had told me she had her oldest potty trained by 13 months. THIRTEEN MONTHS! She said she started when her daughter was 3 months, holding her over a pot to get her used to the feeling of hovering over a hole to go. Man, I was not that ambitious but I had hope. I started potty training Jolene at 18 months. We tried EVERYTHING. Every single trick and tip I had collected along the way.
Candy bribe, toy bribe, sticker charts, stickers on the potty seat, dance parties, disciplining, you name it I tried it! What I wasn’t expecting was trying to potty train a child who, since birth, has had a condition with her bowel that would prevent her from being able to potty sitting down with her legs at a 90°. So I tried in vain, for 20 months. Yep, you read that right. My daughter was over 3 years old by the time we got it down. For 20 months we tried EVERYTHING. I wish I could tell you what worked. I wish there was a simple answer I could gloat about to tell you what got through to her. There’s not. And the whole “when they’re ready you’ll know” saying is crap. I watched my daughter continually get frustrated with herself, even in tears, because she couldn’t go potty on the toilet like she wanted. She was ready, she just had to relearn how to relieve herself after enduring hell as an infant when it came to going “#2”. In all honesty, she was “#1” potty trained for MONTHS before we became accident free including “#2”.
So, when she finally got it down we threw a Potty Party. When she became close to getting it down pat, we began planning this Potty Party. She requested balloons, and streamers. Next she added cake and ice cream. One day at Grandma’s, she mentioned presents! OH my! She was planning a second birthday party. This was getting out of hand. Still, she was SO close so I did not want to back out of our deal. I needed to find a way to separate the idea of Potty Party and Birthday Party. So this is what I came up with…
A Potty Party Toilet Candle! HAHA! And just for the record, the chocolate cake with Chocolate Chip frosting was totally coincidence and I didn’t even realize it until my mom said something when I brought it over. It just happened to be the cheapest one at Wal-Mart.
I took a Fisher Price Dollhouse toilet (from the bathroom set we already had) and melted a candle to the top. My Potty Party Toilet Candle helped differentiate the Potty Party vs. Birthday Party.
And here are the Potty Party guests of honor! My niece (left) and daughter (right) celebrating accident free potty training graduation!
In celebration of the first Potty Party I’ve thrown (I have 2 more kids to do this with now!), I have created Potty Party Printables for you! Cupcake wrappers and toppers for your Potty Party!