Thursday, April 18, 2013

Potty Time Pete

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We've been trying for almost a year to get my 3-year-old interested in getting out of diapers. And I keep finding myself saying "he just isn't ready" as, everything technique we try... he just isn't buying it. We've purchased Big Boy undies in every character or theme he loves. We've tried to set goals of new toys or candy and his day care provider even offered "skip nap time" if he goes on the potty. We had his own potty chair with his own toilet paper and books. Each of these seemed to have sparked interest at the time, but, he quickly catches on and decides he ISN'T going to play along. He WANTS his diaper. And can you blame him? LOL. Potty training is WORK... it means he has to quit what he is doing (playing) to go and sit on the toilet.

So, I decided to scour the web to see what I could find. I found a blog post that talked about potty training in a day. But... really... it wasn't REALLY accomplished in one day. The first day was spent doing nothing but playing games and going to the potty every 15 minuets. Which, I get the idea... keep doing it until it clicks. Only, what happens on day two, three, four, five? The SAME thing. The blogger confessed that it took almost a full week to get the routine down and the diapers out. As a mom who works outside the home... how could we do this? Would my day care provider be willing to follow OUR routine that we created that day at her house the rest of the week?

Before we jumped in full force with potty training boot camp... I had one last little idea. While reading some tips online, someone mentioned placing targets in the toilet. Now, this could be fun! Make it a game! As I read some other blog posts about targets, items were listed such as cheerios,  fruit loops,  and I found a website that makes ALL KINDS of paper and floating targets for the toilet. But, when I saw the word "Ping Pong Ball"... the light bulb went on. And...the idea for Potty Time Pete was created.

On my drive home from work, I thought up Pete's story, the games he likes to play, and the logistics for making this work. A quick trip to Wally World, and the plan was in place.

Items used to create Pete:
A package of Ping Pong balls
A Sharpie (color of your choice)
small containers with a lid (Pete's House)
A small gift bag

I threw Pete together in the car, put him in his "house", wrapped him in a gift bag, and walked in the door.
My son was SO excited to get a special surprise gift from Momma. It started off positive and exciting.
We turned off the tv and we all (Momma, Dadda, and son) sat down together to open the special surprise. Everyone is on board and excited to welcome Potty Time Pete into the family (cheesy or not, folks... it gets better). My son pulled the container out of the bag and saw Pete's smiling face. He shook the container and asked - "what is this, Momma?" and I told him about Pete. 

It goes like this...

"This is Potty Time Pete! This little guy LOVES potty time! When you are ready, he wants to float in the water of the toilet and play two really fun games with you. His first favorite game is called Twirly Whirly! When you go pee pee with him, he spins around and around in the water! Isn't that FUN?!?! Pete's second favorite game is called BOMBS AWAY (I shouted this part in a fun voice). Do you know how to play BOMBS AWAY? When you go poo poo in the toilet, the water splashes like waves and Pete rides on the waves! He LOVES that game! What do you think? Would you like to play these games with Potty time Pete?"


...and all three of us were off to the bathroom to play with Pete. 

Obviously, Dada had to demonstrate the Twirly Whirly game. As I stepped out of the bathroom, to give them some privacy, It was SOOO cute to hear my husband do the "Twirly Whirly Twirly Whirly" voice as he played the game. LOL. My son couldn't wait to try. He didn't even need us to demo the BOMBS AWAY game, as, he understood exactly what to do. He couldn't get his diaper off fast enough... he was so excited to try.

After all was said and done, we flushed the toilet and good ol' Potty Time Pete didn't go down the drain with the rest... he floated on top and was rinsed clean. (LOVE that Ping Pong balls float and don't get sucked into the toilet!). We picked him up out of the water, washed him off in the sink along with our hands. and put him back in his home for next time. Super cute.

I created multiple Potty Time Pete balls and homes so that one could live at day care, at Nanna and Poppa's house, and one in the diaper bag for when we are on the go. 

Hoping Potty Time Pete keeps the excitement about potty training alive, and we can skip the week long potty training boot camp, because, going to the potty with Pete is A LOT more fun anyway. :)


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  9. I'm totally trying this with my little guy. A little nervous about flushing and the ping pong ball clogging the lines though! haha

  10. Really loved this idea as we were growing desperate. But unfortunately the ping pong ball flushed right down our toilet! Good thing I tried it before our son got home from school.

    1. OH NO!!!!! you have a strong toilet!!! hahaha.

  11. This is an awesome idea. You need to patent it and market it. Maybe even be on Shark Tank. Good Luck everyone. Hope not to many toilets get clogged.

    1. Hey Thanks Christine! :D It did it's job and helped with getting my son out of diapers.. good enough for me! :D

  12. Brilliant idea. I wish I had thought of it. It took me two years to get my son potty trained. Super cute:)

  13. Fabulous idea Leslie! I might just have to borrow this. My 3 1/2 year old is very resistant. Ugh. I hope this works!!