Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Potty Treats!

I have vented frequently on this blog about the potty training struggles in our household ...
Lately, I've pretty much just given up altogether, to be honest.
I've resigned myself to the fact that I have ONE. STUBBORN. CHILD. ..... and she will do things when SHE sees fit.
The end.

All along, she has continued to go on the potty when she feels like it - once or twice a day (if we're lucky), and for those times, I always have a package of candy on the shelf in the bathroom to reward her.

Meanwhile, I've been reorganizing my pantry .... which entails putting everything in canisters and jars.  And that got me to thinking .... I might as well put the potty treats in a jar, too!
But I couldn't stop there, of course.
I had to make it CUTE!
('Cause everything needs to be cute!)

So.  Mission Potty Treat Jar was in full effect.
I took a small jar (Anchor-Hocking, $3.99) and a spool of assorted 18-inch ribbons from the $1 section at Target and got to work!
The ribbons .... 
 I took one ribbon and tied the end in a knot, big enough to fit around the jar opening.  
Then I cut the remaining ribbons into 6 inch pieces and tied those in knots around the original ribbon.
 I slipped the ribbon around the jar opening and continued tying ribbons - 
(simply slide shorter pieces up through the main ribbon and tie in knots!)
 Lucy helped! :-)

 I added cute alphabet stickers to the jar to spell "Potty Treats" 
.... and Ta-da!
 But of course I had to involve spray paint in there somewhere!  
So, the lid got slapped with some Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze.
 The turquoise (aka: my current color obsession) just adds a little extra pop of color and cuteness. :-)
 And the jar found its home on the shelf in the bathroom .... where Lucy has a clear view of it from the potty.  
 Love it!  
And so far, it seems to actually be helping!
(Yes, I'm aware I've said something like this before ...)
Here's to hoping this trick actually works!
She no longer says "I have to go potty, Mama" .... she says, "I want potty treats, Mama!"
Hopefully I'm not creating a monster.  :)~
But at this point --- whatever works, people!!!

(Oh!  And Britany over at She Made It has another version of a Potty Treat Jar, which is adorable, as well!  Go check it out! :-)


  1. I saw this over on JAG and there are so many things I love about this. First that there is someone else out there that is struggling with potty training as well (not that I'm happy your struggling just that I'm not alone :) ). Second that you spray painted the lid of the jar-I spray paint EVERYTHING! And Third that you got your ribbon from target $bins cause that means I can find some too! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love the idea. Candy motivates everybody or at least it does me! I'll cross my fingers and toes for you it works! I will have to make one of these for Cam too, minus the pink and purple ribbon of course : )


  3. Oh Bec, Ally and I have struggled with potty training for so long I had almost given up!! I have a stubborn girl too, trust me. Of course I may have to admit that she gets it from her mom, haha AND dad too!! Double stubborn! Lucy will get it...she will!!! And that jar...SO cute I can't imagine anyone NOT getting it when they get to eat out of THAT!!! Yeah, that lid is just the BEST color EVER!!!! ;)

  4. I love this idea!
    I'm trying to potty train my 3rd at the moment.
    I just started a linky party this past Tuesday. It was a great success with over 50 link ups! I would love it if you would participate ToDaY! It's called $10 Tuesdays and it's for things that cost less than $10 and take 20-30 mins (ish) to complete. I love inexpensive and quick projects and I'm guessing others will too ;) Thanks so much for considering.
    PS. I'm GIVING away 50 button pony tailers this month! Come visit and claim yours ;)

  5. Oh my gosh this is adorable!!! I was giving my three year old Dove chocolate at first for goin' on the potty and then I used the old Easter candy.:) She is officially potty trained....hallelujah!!! I wish you good luck and plenty of patience (especially while gross as it soungs...number 2)!

  6. I think giving up on my third child was what finally worked :) I'm sure that letting lucy help make the jar will motivate her a little too! Good Luck!

  7. love this idea and its very cute! We do something like this as well with my daughter but we use cookies.

  8. #1 What a cute idea! I am bookmarking this for later... or might even try to incorporate the jar for my classroom somehow. It's so cute!
    #2 Thanks for your comment on my blog this morning. I am currently begging and pleading and praying that i will be able to teach part time next year. I just can't imagine being away from Donovan ALL day 5 days a week. No thanks.
    #3 I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day! You're very deserving. :)

  9. Little incentives works. Reminds me when my son was learning. My son loves trains. When hubby told him if he uses the potty, he get a new train. He did that same day; hubby got him a new train. My son used the potty everyday thereafter {expecting a new train every time -- kids are smart}. That's when I used m&ms instead.

  10. Very cute! I made a version on a Potty Treats Jar too! I shared it last week on my blog! Oh, and... I'm in love with the blue paint too! I just bought another can of it, I'm trying to figure out what else I can paint with it! LOL! Have a great day!

  11. We love this! How adorable! Can't wait to post a link to your adorable blog tomorrow! Thanks for using an Anchor Hocking jar! *Cheers* Anchor Hocking Company

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  12. Hello, I came across your site from Wandering Wednesday's Blog Hop. I am a new follower.. I absolutely love the blog and can not wait to read more.. Would appreciate a follow back

    I suggested to my sister that she do Potty Treats for my Niece who is now starting to potty train.. Adore the blog.. CUTE

    Simply Sami

  13. Love this! I am starting to potty train my very reluctant 3 year old boy who loves treat! At my house it will have to be a plastic container but it will be this cute. thanks for the idea!

  14. this is a great idea, M&M's worked for my daughter :)

    I am following you from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back? Susan's Family

    thank you :)

  15. Love it! Very, very, very cute....
    I am also a new follower and would love for you to come check me out at

  16. Cute Blog! I love this idea! Happy Wednesday! I would love for you to stop by and check out my blog as well! If you like it you can follow back! Thanks! Hope to blog with you again soon!

  17. That is so cute! My cousin did that with her daughter and it worked like a charm! Thanks for stopping over at my blog, fellow teacher! New follower here!


  18. I feel your potty pain! My almost 4 yr old was doing great right after she turned 3 and then just decided she was done going potty anymore. It was a loooonnnnggg battle but now we are just down to pull-ups at night. I wrote a post on our blog about the one thing that finally worked with her...threatening! I'm an awful mommy, huh? LOL! Totally not in the potty training handbook but we had tried everything else so what are you gonna do? :-)
    I love your potty treat jar but I'm happy to say that I won't ever need to make one of those even as darling as it is!

  19. This is too cute. My daughter is way too young to be potty training, but I hope that when she gets to that point I remember about this idea! I hope your potty training adventures work out!

    P.S I'm a new follower from the blog hop

  20. What a great idea!
    Course my DS2 would probably figure out how to open it when I wasn't looking. He's good like that. ;) I just painted a frame in that same Ocean Breeze-love it!
    Nicole from

  21. LOVE IT! We are potty training right now and are in need of a handy system to keep in the bathroom. BUT...I need to install a locking top on mine, my son will sneak in and devour every m&m if I don't! Ha ha

  22. OMG, I need to do this! Potty training is a nightmare! LOL! But I will surely be trying this out :)

  23. How cute!! Might be needing a boy version of this in the next few years :)

  24. Coming to you from tater tots and Jello. I am potty training right now too. Isn't it such fun lol. I am happy to be your newest follower. Please stop by for book club if you're interested--connie,

  25. Such a cute jar- a cute jar is all it would be in our house too. I think my son and your daughter are twins (along with many other stubborn potty training kids!). I might just have to make the cute jar anyways, even though it probably won't help the issue! ha!

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  27. What an adorable idea!!! My little one is getting close to potty training and I definitely want to make her this!! Thanks for sharing!

    We wold LOVE if you would link up this project to our next week's What I Made Wednesday Linky Party!

    Briana @ Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

  28. OH wow!!! We have the exact same problem at my house and I also blogged about it last week... I made a potty jar too... well made is the wrong word I put my potty treats in a tupperware container (it still did the trick but I wish I had made mine cute like yours!!) We have now mastered the potty training, it only took a week once i stuck to my guns! Check out my blog! (I also described my little girl as stubborn) I am glad I am not the only one!! Here is a link to my two potty posts...

    Good luck! and I think a little bribe now and then never hurt anyone ;)
    (tatertots and Jello sent me)

  29. I am starting to think about potty training my son, no starting to think about dreading potty training my son. I'll use this idea when the time comes! I'd love it if you stopped by Workshop Wednesday and shared it for the party!

  30. It's about imagination... well done. When my kids were young I used "bribes", I mean "incentives". Never thought I'd do it, but it worked.

    The container looks fab!

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  32. Found this on Pinterest and bought the jar. I actually had the same color of spray paint so used it on the lid. Mine ran some so hoping it drys ok. Also can you tell me the font you used on the jar. Hoping this will help my Grand Daughter potty train. She has been realy stubborn about this whole potty training thing

  33. Try the towel potty training method.


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