As a mom who has potty-trained three kids, I can tell you that you'll do just about anything to get your little ones to break their diaper dependency: bribery, sticker charts, and yes, even song and dance! In fact, one mom's ditty about doing the deed on the potty has gone viral.
"We gotta tell mommy when you need to pee, tell mommy when you need to poop," Stacia Wright sings in a video featuring her catchy toilet tune, which she posted to Facebook. In the clip, we also see Wright's adorable 2-year-old daughter Ginneh shaking her mini-booty to her mama's inspiring song.
"We gotta pee pee," Wright raps. And cutie Ginneh finishes the line, "On the potty."
"We gotta poop poop," sings Wright... and hands her "mic" to her pigtail-clad toddler, who sings, "On the potty!"
"And then you get a prize!" this determined mom, who told Today.com she's already successfully potty-trained her 5-year-old son, finishes her song.
Wright also told Today that getting kids to use the potty involves a lot of repetition, which she clearly adopted in her song. "You have to repeat the phrase, 'Tell Mommy when you need to go potty,' hundreds of times a day—or at least that's what it feels like."
Oh, I've so been there. I still ask my 3-year-old if she needs to pee or poop a gazillion times a day. So this song definitely resonates with me, as it clearly has with many other parents; Wright's potty-training anthem has been viewed a whooping 1.3 million times!
But the question remains: Does the tune actually work? Well...
"About two minutes after we made the video, she promptly peed on the steps," Wright admits.
Don't worry, you'll get there, Ginneh!
What's worked for you when it comes to potty training?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.