Potty Party

26 Aug

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…
Potty Party Cake

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.

Potty Party Toilet Candle

And here are the Potty Party guests of honor! My niece (left) and daughter (right) celebrating accident free potty training graduation!

Potty Party |small fine print|

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!

Potty Party | Diaper Graduation| Toilet Trained Celebration| Printable Potty Party | Diaper Graduation| Toilet Trained Celebration| Printable

6 Responses to “Potty Party”

  1. shamene@sayitwithcake August 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    HI I love your potty cake! I featured it on my blog today

  2. Diana @ Red Delicious Life August 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    We, too, are having such a time getting my son potty trained. He has NO interest and gets so upset about wanting to sit on the toilet. He’s 3 1/2 already and I feel like I’m at my wits’ end. We can’t enroll him in a traditional preschool because he’s still in diapers. I’ve been wondering if it’s more than psychological. How did you find out about your daughter’s condition? If I can get my son to start using the potty, I’m all in for throwing a potty party!

    • Mandy August 28, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      I know, it can be very discouraging! Our pediatrician has said she’s seen kids in diapers all the way up to 4 1/2 and each one has a different psychological reasoning behind what is holding them back. However, she did suggest that it did not mean a child over 3 needed mental health to get over it. One of her suggestions was baby steps. Jolene (my daughter) could wear diapers, but only in the bathroom. Once we nailed that, she could wear diapers but only while sitting ON the toilet. Once we mastered that, no more diapers. This may or may not work for you, but the reason it worked for us is because my daughter had a very specific stance she took to go “#2”. Ever since infancy she has had an abnormal shaped bowel that made passing stool incredibly uncomfortable. That was a huge obstacle to overcome when it came to potty training- getting her out of her stance she’s been doing since 10 months old.
      Our daughter is also very logical at time, once we explained to her that the toilet was just a large bowl of water used to throw away our body waste and that even if she fell in it wouldn’t hurt and she couldn’t be flushed, she’s too big to be flushed anywhere, she felt better about sitting on it.
      I wish I could offer more than just “try this try this try this” but truly, we had tried EVERYTHING too. It was all hit or miss and a lot of times both hit and miss. It’d work for a day and then not the next day.
      Good luck! Let me know if you’ve found your answer!

  3. Parrish (Life With The Crust Cut Off) August 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by:
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  4. Kim~madeinaday September 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    This cracked me up! Thanks so much for lining up on Made in a Day!

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