Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Potty Pops anyone?

A lot of my friends are going through potty training with their kids right now.  So am I . . . kind of.  With my busy schedule it's hard to keep any kind of consistency with my 3 year old. Last week for example, we were home all day Tuesday and she wore panties all day, and went potty in the toilet twice.  The next day, I had school and she insisted on wearing panties to Grandma's house (my mother in law).  With hesitation, I went along with it as I packed extra clothes "just in case."  When I came home that night, my husband, who picks up the kids on the way home from work, announced that she pooped in her panties while she was at Grandma's to which the voice in my head does a very loud "GRRR!"

I've never really had success in potty training kids.  My now 7 year old was trained by a co-day care worker.  I went to work at a day care with my daughter in tow when she was almost 3.  Any attempts before that were met with the same frustration.  In fact, my oldest attempted flushing her clothes down the toilet succeeding with my favorite green shirt with a felt butterfly appliquéd on the front.  Luckily the denim shorts didn't make it.

So inspiration hit me today in the form of a creative outlet.  Kids like to see their reward and know how to get it so I created some bathroom decor for my 3 year old to find more motivation.

Introducing the Potty Pops!



Ingredients (aka supplies):

2x4 cut to about 7 inches
sandpaper
drill
paint
fabric mod podge
fabric cut to 3x7
stencil
double stick tape
sponge brush
suckers (I chose dum dums because they are smaller and it doesn't take her forever to finish them)

After cutting and sanding your block.  Drill holes in the top.  It's fun to do it at different angles, just make sure the holes don't run into each other.  

Paint your block. (I spray painted)

Apply the fabric mod podge to face of block, put your fabric on, let it dry, then seal it with the mod podge.

Create a stencil by finding a font you like, print it out and exacto knife the pieces.  Adhere it to the block with double stick tape, even the middle of the p's and o's.  Or if you have one, just cut vinyl for it, but I feel the stencil makes it look more handmade.


(Yes, this is what I'm doing instead of homework. . . again.)

Once it's dry, it's ready for display.  Now cross our fingers that it works! PS I don't recommend putting this on the counter where little hands can reach on their own.  Find a nice display shelf to put in your bathroom and place it on there.


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9 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this! I'm working on potty training Eva and it SUCKS! Maybe this will work. :)

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  2. Even though my kids are passed this, I have quite a few friends going through the last stages of potty training and wishing it'd be all over. I have a weekly linky party called "Thriving on Thursdays" here in Australia where I feature recipes, crafts, make up tips, decluttering and organising advice, anything goes really. I'd love it if you could link this idea up. I know my friends would love it!

    http://www.domesblissity.blogspot.com/2012/01/thriving-on-thursdays-linky-party-3.html

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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  3. I love this. I'm PT my son and I think I'm going to make this! Good luck to you!

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  4. What a cute, practical idea!!! Love it - will pass on to my sis-in-law who is in the midst of it right now.

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  5. Stopping by from a glimpse inside, what a cute idea! I will have to keep this in mind for potty training my 2 year old...soon (I keep telling myself I will start next week...HA!)

    Samantha
    http://happily-a-housewife.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love this post! I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

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  7. Oh!! Thank you so much for sharing this!! I'm just getting ready to train daughter #2 and i LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!!

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  8. This is such a great idea!!! Super cute. Kinda wishing I had it 6 months ago, would have gone smoother :) I'd love to have you submit it to the M&T Spotlight http://www.makeandtakes.com

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  9. This is adorable! What a great motivation. We have been using M and M's but we end up eating most of them ourselves. I am a new FB fan visiting from Catch A Glimpse. Vicky from Mess For Less

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