It’s a freeing feeling for us parents to be able to say adios to diapers. Can you imagine how it feels for the kids? Their first milestone as a Big Kid. It’s totally something to celebrate, and celebrate we did!
We have been working on potty training with my niece for almost a year. There’s have been ups and down, laughter and tears and some days she just wasn’t having it. We tried many different methods of potty training, but in the end it came down to her. We realized it would happen when she was ready and when it happened it was awesome.
We’ve bought 4 different potty chairs for her over the course of a year. She picked out 2 of them herself; we didn’t realize that they were for her dolls though, not her. Don’t get me wrong – she did use them a few times, but not like we had expected. We thought maybe she wanted to sit on the big potty (aka the toilet), but she was terrified of that thing: “It will suck me away, please…no!”
Then one day it happened. She didn’t say a word – she just walked to the bathroom. We followed her. There was her Pull-Up, on the floor and there she was – sitting on the big potty! “Go Away, I poo-oop-ing!” Yes ma’am! We stood outside of the door waiting for some sign that she was finished. Then we heard the flush. That was such a beautiful and freeing sound for all of us. After she was all cleaned up we doted on her and called everyone we knew to tell them it was time to celebrate.
I think a big motivator for her was the box of goodies we received to throw her First Flush party. We told her as soon as she used the big potty she would have a big party to celebrate. Voila! We had cake, toys, games and food. And of course lots and lots of praise for our Big Girl.
During the party the kids played with noisemakers and a few new toys. My niece went on and on about how she was a Big Girl and how fun it was to use a potty. Yes, peer pressure at its finest.
While the kids were entertained, we adults shared war stories, so to speak. We talked about our experiences in the potty training process and what worked and didn’t. We had a few parents there who were still in the process or almost there – the conversation helped them better understand what to expect. At the end of the party I was able to hand out coupon booklets to all of our friends with kids in the potty training stage. We had such a wonderful experience with Pull-Ups that I was more than happy to share the
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Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to host a party. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.