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Potty training is a BIG event. As a parent I look forward to this day just as much as my kids look forward to their birthdays. Why not celebrate it just as much?! I have potty trained 4 kids so far. My son is my last one and I am SO excited. I decided that this time around we are going to have a big potty training party. We are going to celebrate with food and decorations, a movie and of course a lot of attention and praise. This is HIS day. This is HIS weekend.
I decided to go with a race car theme. Boys and cars seem to go well together. I went shopping at Walmart to get all my party supplies. I noticed they have a huge selection of not just diapers, but baby products in general. I found Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® Pixar’s Cars Lightning McQueen for boys. In fact my son saw them first and was so excited about the character. The lowest priced package is $8.97 found on the shelf just above the big case of Pull-Ups.
I decided to choose one bathroom that he would be using throughout the party. I found a party tablecloth and draped it over the door. I used red and black balloons to decorate around the door. I found some fun race car decals that are repositionable for walls. I put those up strategically on the walls he would be facing while “trying” so that he has something to look at and we have something to talk about. It is all about distraction to that he would sit there just a little longer. The idea was to make it very inviting so he would want to go inside and check it out. It really did work. The first time he stepped in there he put his hands on his face and said “Wow!”
Immediately outside the bathroom I placed a bench that was filled with drinks and incentives. When it comes to potty training all rules about food and treats go out the window for a few days. To help with the potty training process I like to give my kids a lot of liquids that can be juice boxes, water bottles and popsicles.
Race Car Potty Training Party Printable
- Race Car Potty Training Party Printable
- Scissors and/or paper cutter
- Tape or glue
- Cut out each label.
- For the water bottle, juice box and mini candy bar the process is the same. Place a small piece of tape or glue on one end of the label.
- Wrap tightly around the object.
- Place a small piece of tape or glue on the opposite end to keep it wrapped and tight.
Just for sitting and “trying” I give rewards. My son was scared to even sit on the toilet. We started slow, before the party. He had to sit and count to 10 then he could get off. At first it was a very fast 1-10. After a few tries he started to see there was nothing to be afraid of and would sit there even longer. Each time he would get a reward. Pull-Ups has these fun characters that describe different types of personalities to help with your approach to potty training. My son is a turtle with some traits of a puppy. He responds to change slowly and likes to do things on his own. Their website was fun to read because it has some great ideas for each character as well as online games to play.
When it was time for our big party my son wasn’t scared anymore. Each time during the party that he would sit and “try” he could choose one thing from the bench. Since everything on this table was customized to race cars it was so fun to watch him choose. Besides the mini candy bar labels I have also created 2 x 2 squares that say “Way to go!” The squares can be put on any prize you want to offer your child.
What I discovered about the Pull-Ups Learning Designs is they last for more then one up and down. My son was able to put them on and off himself multiple times without the waist band loosing elasticity and becoming unuseable. This design is softer then the previous Pull-ups I remember from my other kids. The best part was how excited my son was about wearing the Lightning McQueen Pull-Ups.
This Potty Training Party was a success! My son loved having everything customized to race cars. He loved seeing his reward just outside the door of the bathroom. That visual and constant reminder helped in the process. Don’t forget to download the free printables for your own Race Car Potty Training Party! Go now to find out which potty training character your child resembles then come back and let me know.