Praise From a Princess: The Ultimate Potty Training Solution?

by Amber on June 28, 2011

When I was pregnant, I hoped with all my heart that I’d end up with  girly girl—and I did. That toddler of mine would wear tutus night and day if I let her—paired with my tallest, spikiest heels and a tiara in her (uncombed) hair.

Pull-Ups Training Pants From Huggies

Even the package is pink!

But despite early potty training success,Tori continues to engage in some very unprincess-like behavior—going potty in her pants. It’s discouraging to say the least.

Enter the new Pull-Ups® Training Pants from Huggies®.

They are pink. Very pink. And decorated with…Disney princesses! Which, for a toddler obsessed with all things girly, is perfect.

The first time I showed them to her,  she was in the middle of a diaper changing-induced temper tantrum.

“Look, Tori,” I said. “If you’ll let me get that dirty diaper off you, you can wear these Big Girl Pants!”

After one look at the pretty pink Pull-Ups  I held in my hand, she abruptly stopped screaming.

“Pink diaper?” she asked.

“No, honey, these are Big Girl Pants. You can pull them on and off yourself!”

She grabbed it from my hand and grinned. “Big Girl Pwin-cess?”

“Yep. If you promise to try and go pee pee in the potty, you can wear pretty pink princesses all the time!”

She was sold.

We wore those pretty pink Pull-Ups all day. She never managed to actually pee in the potty (although she did pee on the floor next to the vessel in question), but she tried hard. Really hard.

So, after dinner, I logged on to the Big Kid Calls site and arranged for Cinderella to give Tori a call. Really!

The folks behind the new Pull-Ups have partnered with Target to put together a site where you can schedule calls from Disney characters to reward your munchkins for using the potty. You have two choices—Lightning McQueen or Cinderella. I, of course, chose Cinderella for my princess (although I listened to the Cars’ recordings, and they’re pretty cool).

I’d like to say she was thrilled to get the call, but honestly? She was a bit confused. When I held the phone up to her ear, she listened for a second, then said, “Gwandma?”

I shook my head and answered,  “No, it’s Cinderella! A princess!”

She nodded vaguely and walked away.

The lesson? Tori’s a little too young for telephoning princesses. But princess Pull-Ups? That’s something she can get behind. I do believe they’re going to be a fixture in our household (until she graduates to pink princess underwear).

And you know what? You can win a $25 gift card to Target so you can try Pull-Ups for yourself—and schedule Big Kid Calls for your hard pottying potty trainers.

How? Well, start by leaving me a comment with your best potty training tips and tricks. That’s good for one entry. Then, if you want extra credit, you can:

  1. Subscribe to this little blog of mine
  2. Like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter (1 entry for each)
  3. Like Pull-Ups on Facebook
  4. Follow Huggies on Twitter

And remember, leave me a comment for every thing you do! But do it fast—the giveaway for the $25 Target gift card will close July 6.

Disclaimer: This review was sponsored by MomSpark Media. I was given a $20 Target gift card in order to buy Pull-Ups Training Pants to review. But the thoughts, opinions and lisp-y dialog presented here are my own (and Tori’s).

And the winner is…

Huggies Gift Card winnerSarah B. Congrats, Sarah!

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Rebecca June 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I so want to win this because we are ready for pull-ups. However, I want the pull-ups that do the cooling sensation. The site says my Target carries them, but it’s a lie. Target where I shop does NOT have them.

I think potty training has to happen with the help of a good group of peers. But first what needs to happen is that you need to put them in those training underwear and when they make a mess of everything make THEM clean the mess up. After you finally start having about a solid week of SOME success, then you introduce the child to a group play date or something and when all the big kids go potty the not yet potty trained kid needs to watch.

We are starting to finally have some success in the potty training department and I recently blogged about it…yippie skippie.

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Gail June 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I am pretty much waiting for my daughter to potty-train herself. We have a kid-sized potty in “her” bathroom, and we talk about going in it all the time. When she makes her “poop face”, we ask if she wants to poop IN the potty. Same with pee. She can change her own diaper, and JUST TONIGHT she whipped that baby off and pooped in her potty while I was cleaning the kitchen. Holy cow! She is 2 1/2.
That being said, I want these pull-ups. I want the process to be as short and painless as possible. I totally agree with the peer pressure comment…we are spending the weekend with her cousins, so I am hoping that helps. Taking off a Pull-Up has got to be easier than taking off and putting on your own diaper, right?
I like you on facebook, and Pull-Ups, and I follow Huggies on Twitter. And I follow you now on Twitter too!! Sign me up baby:)

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Mami2jcn June 29, 2011 at 8:03 am

With my son, using Cheerios as targets in the potty worked.

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Mami2jcn June 29, 2011 at 8:04 am

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Mami2jcn June 29, 2011 at 8:05 am

I like you on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

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Mami2jcn June 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

I like Pull Ups on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

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Mami2jcn June 29, 2011 at 8:07 am

I follow Huggies on Twitter (mami2jcn)

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andi June 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

We’ve kinda given up on potty training right now, so I guess my tip would be: let it go until they are ready. No sense pushing it, and frustrating you and them and everyone who comes in contact with y’all.

Yeah, not much of a tip, I know, but it works for us. He goes in the potty about once every other day (but goes pee pee outside about twice a day!) and loves getting the potty praise. But he’s not quite to the point where its all he wants to do.

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BalancingMama (Julie) June 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Amelia is 100% trained during the day, and uses the pink princess Pull-Ups at night. She still loves them – yep, b/c of the princesses!

My tips?

Remind, remind, remind. You will get incredibly tired of reminding her to go potty. But every now and then, it’ll help.

Act really silly when she goes in the potty. My kid loved seeing Mom & Dad act like complete lunatics in her honor. We even made up special silly songs.

When it’s time to try big kid underwear, go with characters. Amelia’s panties “talked” to her. Minnie Mouse or Tinkerbell would say, “please don’t pee pee on me today!”. She took it very seriously.

Let her pick out the big girl undies from the store. Tell her she can have them only if she tries very, very hard to keep them clean and dry.

Bribery works too.

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BalancingMama (Julie) June 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I like you on Facebook (3 Moms In 1)

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BalancingMama (Julie) June 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Of course I follow you on Twitter!
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BalancingMama (Julie) June 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I follow @PullUpsBigKid on Twitter too!

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Anissa June 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

My tip is to remember that every child is different so there is no one way to potty train. You have to really play it by ear, and figure out when your child is ready, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t nudge them along ;)

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NerdMom June 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

We did a schedule. Even if you don’t think you need to potty. You try when u get up, after lunch, after naps and before bed. At least sit there!

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Forgetfulone June 30, 2011 at 12:34 am

Treats or a chart that shows when they use the potty and a prize after a certain number.

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Katie June 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm

My best tip is to keep a travel potty in the car for all the emergencies on the road!

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Sassy July 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Positive praise when they go on the potty does wonders! It helps with my son.

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Allison @ Alli n Son July 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm

My best tip is to bribe. Candy. Movies. Whatever gets her attention. No judgement, as long as it works.

And also my son would love a call from lightening!

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anash July 2, 2011 at 7:44 am

My best advice is go cold turkey! its the fastest way !
Thanks for this splendid giveaway

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amanda July 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Definitely use positive reinforcement! My mom got a bunch of little cheap dollar store type toys and let us pick one to have a a reward..

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Sarah July 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Cheerios for aiming.

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alice July 3, 2011 at 12:49 am

We do a sticker system to encourage T to use her potty! It works pretty well, she likes the princess stickers the best. And once she fills up 10, we take her out for a treat. :)

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Barbara M July 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

A very basic thing like praise always worked the best for us.
Thank you.

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Claire July 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Rewarding with stickers works well

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