Friday, March 12, 2010

Review: Pull-ups Potty Dance Party!

The kids and I had the chance to attend a really fun event yesterday, the Pull-ups Potty Dance Party! Seattle was the last stop in this round of the tour, but if you see this event coming to your area in the future, you really should think about attending!

I had been offered the chance to meet up with Ralph Covert of Ralph's World before the concert. Ralph is the singer of the great Potty Dance song, which we had downloaded the day before and listened to over and over and over and over... Ethan was definitely a fan! However, Ethan is not a fan of group activities, so by the time we made it to the green room to meet Ralph and the band, he had melted down into a charming lump of screaming toddler. Thankfully the ultra-nice PR representative was willing to hold Vivian while I dealt with Ethan and tried to talk to Ralph at the same time.  So, if I mess up any of the details of what went on during my meet-up with Ralph, please blame me and Ethan, not Ralph!

My main question for Ralph was "what was the inspiration for the potty dance song?" In response, he told  me a funny story about being in a restaurant bathroom one day, and overhearing a little boy in the next stall asking his daddy to sing a song, while the little boy tried to use the toilet. The song that the boy asked for? Happy Lemons, one of Ralph's songs.  Ralph opted to not start singing along, in fear that he would set the boy back in his potty training, and quietly left the bathroom. 

That experience planted the idea of a potty song in his mind though, and later he came up with the great Potty Dance song. He said that he wanted it to be a positive song, something that would get kids used to the idea of the potty, without them even realizing that they were learning something. 

 Ethan and I with the band

As a mom who is just starting out (on what I fear is going to be a very long road) on potty-training, I appreciate all these things that are being done to help my kids think of the potty as a good thing!  As Ralph said, it's one of those things that's a little more challenging to teach by example, so we parents need all the tools we can get.

Potty Dance decorations

Vivian- all ready to party!

The rest of the Potty Dance Party was a blast too, even though Ethan limited his dancing to sitting and clapping quietly. My friends' kids had fun dancing- wearing the hats and bowties and tutus and waving the maracas and wands that the Potty Dance Party Crew passed out. The music was high-energy and fun, and I found myself singing along to the songs- particularly the one with the lyrics "M-O-M-M-Y needs C-O-F-F-E-E..."  There were also snacks and juice boxes- everything to make a truly great party for the preschool crowd. We loved it!

The band takes the stage

My kids fight over a water bottle while listening to music

You can find lots more information about the Potty Dance and hear it for yourself here.

And you can find lots of information about Ralph's World here. I highly recommend this music- it's upbeat and energetic and fun for kids and parents alike.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. Like all attendees at the party, I did receive a gift bag, but I was under no obligation to post about the party, and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone!