There’s something extraordinary that happens when you bring together mother’s, their children and a genuinely supportive and FUN environment. Hence the catalyst behind one of the smartest and meaningful campaigns I’ve come across in a while, The Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership.
Pull-Ups designed The Pull-Ups® #PottyPartnership in collaboration with renowned child psychologist and potty-training expert, Dr. Heather Wittenberg to create a method that takes the guesswork out of potty-training with specially customized tips and advice according to your child’s unique potty personality. You can take the Potty Personality quiz here to find out which cute little potty personality your little one has. My son is a complete mix of a ready and willing, routine Puppy and a “Can’t stop, won’t stop” movin’ Squirrel.
My family and I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Pull-Ups #PottyPartnership Launch Event at the Disneyland Resort in Disneyland, California last weekend with four other amazing Canadian blogger moms and their potty-training children to learn more about this fantastic initiative, meet Dr. Heather Wittenberg and celebrity mom, Jaime King.
It was an amazing launch event featuring five fun-filled stations according to each individual Potty Personality where the kids can do an activity to achieve a sticker for their “passport” provided. Once they complete them all and have all their stickers, they can head over to the Big Kid Zone to claim their prize! My daughter who is a “Potty-Trained Veteran”, even had such a blast! She took part in all the fun with her little brother and played “big sis” to many little ones during the event.
The kids even got a chance to meet a few famous celebrity favourites of their own.
You’ll notice that popcorn plays a significant role in most of these photos. It’s what my son needed to feel comfortable and relaxed during the chaos and excitement of the event. Thank you, Popcorn Gods!
A great area of the event was courtesy of Walmart, providing a private space for the little ones to change their pull-ups (and some even trying one for the first time!).
It’s hard not to state the obvious, but where else do you buy your Pull-Ups® anyway? It’s always been Walmart for my family thanks to their always amazing prices and stocked up inventory. I enjoy the different characters they feature which happen to be both my kids’ favourite, so whether your child is into cars, Disney Junior characters, princesses or superheroes, they’ve got you covered (pun intended).
Head over here to check out the selection and pricing at your local Walmart.
And we all love to save money, don’t we? Get $2.00 off your next purchase of Pull-Ups® with these coupons here.
One of the highlights of my time at the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership Launch Event was getting the opportunity to sit down for an intimate chat with celebrity mom, Jaime King. She had her husband and potty-training son present too which was super adorable.
One of the most important things that we discussed was the importance of genuine support between women (especially mothers). I remember my first time as a mom; I was one of the only ladies in my social circles at the time that was pregnant and then became a mom. I had undergone fertility treatments to conceive my daughter (and also my son!) so sometimes conversations and rapport was a bit more challenging. When most of my friends were busily starting their careers and/or finishing up their masters, I put a hold on my career to focus on starting a family, knowing I had a condition that made it very hard to get pregnant on my own.
But not everyone would understand. I didn’t expect them too. But I did hope for more support and empathy.
I didn’t even know Jaime also had the same issues with infertility and also felt a lack of support as pregnant woman and then as a mom. She was extremely candid and sincere during our chat and it honestly was so refreshing to see and hear from a celebrity figure. A reminder that we are all human, we all feel and go through the same struggles and battles so we need to be more understanding of one another, whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, a single mom, a Hollywood mom or the Duchess of Cambridge… our intentions are all the same, which is the well-being and love of our children.
Much like we are as people, as moms, we are all perfectly unique in our style, just like our children are impeccably one-of-a-kind with their personalities as well. This is why the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership just makes sense.
My daughter was a full-blown puppy! She succeeded with a potty chart and stickers complete with a prize at the end of the week. She also needed to be completely in the nude to do #2 (whatever works!). Reading books while sitting on the potty helped a lot with her. She was completely potty trained in a few days at 24 months.
My half puppy/half squirrel son was a bit more of a late bloomer (they say boys typically are!), and took a bit longer to feel confident to potty train. I found that both my children had traits of a puppy whereas they enjoyed the “treats” for a job well done and also a sense of accomplishment when tracking their progress.
In the beginning, I would sit him down every 30 minutes and load him up with fluids to get him to go. He would sit there for 5-10 minutes, complain and tell me that he didn’t need to go at all, and once he was up and off the potty… whoop, there it is.
I remembered that as discouraging as it may be and tiresome (especially having to wash and clean so many clothing items and stains off your favourite area rug), showing your child that you’re frustrated or any signs of upset, will only be a discouragement to them and may result in them regressing.
After one very stressful and what seemed like the longest first day of training ever, the second day was MUCH better!
I found that my son noticed when he made a mistake and felt really bad the first time, so he avoided doing it again. He also LOVES gummies, so I kept a mason jar filled with them next to the toilet as a treat for every time he went potty. It worked like magic.
Also the iPad played a valuable role in this (as the books did my daughter) when it comes to #2, as it’s a great distraction. He was scared to do #2 because of the pressure he may have felt, so if he’s distracted, he didn’t notice and just went!
Another great tip I found worked was allowing your kids to be in the nude (from below the belly button) during the week of training; don’t put anything on them and allow them to naturally feel when they have the urge to go. Allow yourself that week or weekend to be home with your child to train and do not make any plans to have visitors or go out. Always telling your little one that they’re a “big kid” now and designating a little spot in their dresser with their big kid undies, including them in selecting which ones they want to wear, always helps them feel proud and enthusiastic.
There was a time when I thought my son would never learn, but that’s a feeling that we all go through in the beginning of this memorable journey. But remember, it’s a partnership between you and your child so there will be work involved but moms always know best and remember, this is an important milestone for you and your child.
With the love and support from you, and the wonderful tips and advice with the help of the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership and also your spouse, family and friends, your little Squirrel, Puppy, Owl, Turtle or Bear Cub, will be fully potty-trained in no time! And saying buh-bye to diapers is definitely something to celebrate!
You can check out more magical moments shared on my Instagram @caresgomez and using the #PottyPartnership hashtag.
Is your toddler ready to potty-train? Or are they successfully trained? Whether you have tips or trick to share or need some advice, leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to help you out!