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On my birthday I received a package for Biscuit & I wasn’t the least bit disappointed that it wasn’t a birthday gift for me. You see, after chatting a bit on Twitter with Gina Blatt, the creator of Let’s Potty, I was excited to receive a copy of the game for Biscuit to play. With him in the process of potty training, the timing was impeccable!

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Let's Potty, the only potty training board game on the market!

As soon as I took it out of the shipping package, he wanted to play with it. “That’s my potty game, Mama!” Heck yeah it is, dude… after you go potty.

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Let's Potty is for 2-4 players ages 2+

I quickly looked at the directions to see how much “guidance” this was going to require from me. Essentially the rules are “Start at the beginning, take turns reading cards & stay or advance as directed. Continue until all players reach the end & everyone wins!” No complicated roll a die, take steps back or anything else that would overwhelm a kid new to board games. Awesome!

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4 player pieces representing both sexes & many ethnicities

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Nothing flimsy about these pieces made for young kids

I was pleasantly surprised by the player pieces. There’s two boys & two girls of different ethnicities printed on durable cut-outs that you place into bright heavyweight plastic domes. This really is a game made to be played by the two and up age set!

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Rules for the game & real life

The game cards are printed on the same durable board as the player pieces. When it’s your turn, flip over the topmost card & read it out loud to see if you need to remain in your current spot or if you get to advance. Some of these are typical moments during potty training (pulling up your own pants, being in a rush) & others are silly (my boys loved the Super Pooper card). All of the cards help with getting children used to bathroom vocabulary. When reading the cards, you can substitute language that suits your family.

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Preparing to play (yes, Biscuit is wearing makeup)

Cookie agreed to play the game with Biscuit so that I could juggle Muffin & the camera. They had a good time playing & Biscuit easily understood the rules of the game. He got to the end first, which thrilled him, then he went to the potty & asked for a jellybean. I’ll take that as a sign of positive potty reinforcement!

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Advancing his piece, Biscuit happily got to the end 1st

With the construction going on to rebuild the house next door, potty training has hit a few bumps since Biscuit can’t just run out back in his birthday suit whenever he needs to pee. Plus, we were pretty busy this past weekend with various errands which meant he was in diapers most of the time out of the house. He did try to use the restroom at Whole Foods, but Dad & I weren’t prepared & that was a total fail on our part! Otherwise, he’s been rocking potty training with almost no tears (from all of us) & hardly any messes. I’m already seeing a slight laundry decrease, score!

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The Super Pooper card, haha!

Let’s Potty was created by Gina Blatt, a mother (and potty-trainer) of three and her brother Danny, a new father with potty training on the horizon. Their sense of humor & fondness of childhood board games led to the creation of Let’s Potty, the only potty training board game on the market! You can find Let’s Potty on Facebook and Gina on Twitter. The game retails for $27.99 on Amazon, but one lucky reader will win their own Let’s Potty game from Jens2Cents! Because blogs hosted on WordPress can not host Rafflecopter giveaways, the contest will be held on the Jens2Cents Facebook page under the Giveaway tab. Contest will run for one week from 12am CDT on September 12, 2014 until 12am CDT on September 19, 2014. Upon close of contest, a winner will be randomly selected. Winner’s contact information will be given to sponsor for purpose of prize delivery. Facebook & WordPress are not in any way affiliated with this giveaway. Let’s Potty provided me with a game for the purpose of this review, but all statements & opinions are my own.

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“I pooooooped!” Biscuit yelled as he ran away from the potty. I thought to myself, “This kid is always running to or from the potty these days.“, as I chased him down the hall before he could sit on the bed with his dirty butt. Actually, that’s not entirely true. He runs to the backyard when he has to pee. There’s yelling then as well. “Going outside, I have to peeeeee!” He looks so peaceful standing out there with his blonde curls trailing down his back. I tell ya, meeting the call of nature has never looked so serene.

He’s spent most of the daylight hours during the last week naked and running. There’s plenty of fart/pee/poop jokes as well, oh joy! His best friend, Hulk, is currently in the process too. When he comes to visit, my backyard is inevitably full of boys in various stages of undress. What is it about boys that makes them want to strip down to their skivvies (or less!) once they get in to a group?

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Let's Potty!, the only potty training board game on the market.

In the first couple of days, he had several jellybeans. As the week has gone by, sometimes he asks for his reward & other times he’s too busy running back to his original task to be bothered. He’s only had two carpet messes & one of those was because he tried to pee into his potty while standing since it was too late to go running & yelling outside. We’re still using diapers at nights & on outings, but he can stay pretty dry during those times.

We recently received the award winning Let’s Potty board game to review. This week has been pretty hectic with my birthday, the return of (home)school, announcing my Facebook page, the aforementioned naked potty training Biscuit, and various other adventures in our day to day lives. Next week we’ll hopefully have a homeschool playdate with Hulk & his siblings so all the kids can try the game, but we’ll be playing it as a family this weekend!

Are you on a potty training journey right now too? How are things going for y’all?

My Biscuit turned three this past April and he loves his cloth diapers. Seriously. The kid doesn’t want to give them up! I know most people start potty training (is potty learning the current PC term?) long before this point and honestly, I thought we’d have already hit this milestone by now, but I’ve been trying to wait until he was truly ready. I am getting a wee (see what I did there?) bit impatient though. (Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.)

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Potty & trainers bought in April & rarely used

He sat on the toilet a few times before his second birthday (his idea), so I bought him a cushioned potty seat, folding travel seat and cheap training pants thinking we’d be done quickly. Silly me. We had just found out we were expecting baby #4, so I didn’t want to throw too much at him at once and stress him out. I also had concerns about regression (some of which were well founded) and honestly didn’t want to stress myself out trying to get him acquainted with the potty if there was a good chance he’d wind up back in diapers. Months went by, baby sister was born and he definitely regressed and showed very little interest in the toilet.

We decided to wait until his birthday to jump back on the training wagon. This is when we bought a potty and better quality trainers from Kiwi Baby Shop (the cheap ones were not made for his thick thighs). Of course we then had to move unexpectedly, visit family, then finally unpack so potty time once again wasn’t a priority, especially not with a boy who REALLY loves his diapers (did I mention that already?).

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Potty rewards A.K.A. jelly beans

As I posted recently though, I really need a break from the nonstop cycle of breastfeeding and cloth diapers! Over the last month, I’ve let him go around the house naked whenever I remember to do so. I’ve finally resorted to bribery. Many friends have mentioned that rewarding with M&MS worked for their child when stickers hadn’t. We don’t eat a lot of candy, but I have now reached the point where I’m ready to try anything. We avoid artificial colors & flavors, so I bought the Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans that the kids all love and put them in a jar high on the linen shelf. Biscuit knows that this jar of jelly beans is just for him and no one else can have any. We decided on a reward of one bean each time he pees in the potty & three beans for poop. This method has the added bonus of math/counting skills too!

We’re still not being pushy and some days I forget to or can’t let him run around naked (which seems to help a great deal with getting to the potty on time). Once the weather cools down a bit & we no longer have 100° days (thanks Texas!), I’m planning to spend most of our days in the backyard where he can run around naked & feel less embarrassed if he doesn’t get to the potty on time.

Got any potty training/learning advice for me?

ETA: I’ve had several people inquire about the lid on our potty treats, it’s a reCAP lid.


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