Potty Training Gear
Potty training has been my least favorite part of parenting so far. I had expectations that we would potty train our oldest in one weekend (maybe two) and that would be it. I had no idea it would be such a long process until he was truly potty independent. Our oldest is almost 4 and nearly independent and we have just started potty training our middle child. I’ve been joking with my friends that I quit my job to become a professional butt wiper 🙂
I pulled together a list of all the things we used for potty training. It definitely goes beyond undies and a potty seat. We found these things to be really helpful – maybe you will too?
- Undies – This one is fairly obvious. We tried training pants, but ultimately just ended up using regular undies. I’d suggest buying several packs so you will have clean ones on hand in case of accidents.
- Potty Seat – We bought both a potty chair and a seat that goes on a regular potty. My boys did not like the potty chair and went straight for the regular potty with a seat. This was really nice because there is less cleanup each time. I bleach their potty seats once a week (or as needed). There are also potty seats that you can purchase that are built into a regular toilet seat. I wish I knew about these sooner!
- Travel Potty Seat – We have a fold-up potty seat that I keep in the diaper bag in case we need it while we are out and about. This is the one we used: PRIMO Folding Potty with Handles, White granite but there are lots of options on Amazon.
- Extra Bedding – You might not start nighttime potty training right away, but when you do it is helpful to have extra bedding – sheets and waterproof liner. Also, check out my parenting hack to save time on changing sheets in the middle of the night.
- Rewards – There are a lot of potty training techniques, but we used small rewards as incentives. We used fruit flavored tic tacs (per a friend’s suggestion) and they worked very well. It was also nice because they are small, portable and don’t cost very much. I started buying them in bulk on Amazon. These are the ones we used: tic tac Fruit Adventure Singles, 1 Ounce (Pack of 12). And most recently to kickstart potty training with my middle child (Frederick), we started doing a sticker reward chart.
- Flushable Wipes – We keep flushable wipes in the bathroom. We buy them in bulk from Costco.
- Stool – For the regular potty, we used a stool to help the kids get up and down. We just have a cheap plastic stool from IKEA. I’ve also seen some pretty cool stool/ladders that connect to a potty seat.
- Plunger – We bought a “heavy duty” one. My husband also YouTubed a bunch of plumbing videos when things got really serious, and a result he knows way more about plumbing than he would like to know.
- Carpet Cleaner – We used this when the boys had accidents…this is generally a good thing to have around even outside of potty training. Kids and carpet don’t mix very well. We purchased ours at Costco but here is a link to a similar one on Amazon: Bissell 1548 ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Full-Size Carpet Cleaner.
- Night Light for the Bathroom – We use a small LED one in the bathroom so when Leopold wakes up in the middle of the night, he can find his way.
- Pants with Elastic Waist – It’s really nice or kids to be able to pull off/on their pants when they need to go! My kids had a lot of trouble with zippers, snaps and buttons early on. I love the Cat & Jack pants from Target. They have lots of cute options so you don’t just have to put your kid in sweatpants! They are also really affordable. Here are some cute Cat & Jack jeans.
- Books – To get our kids excited about potty training and to keep them interested, we have a bunch of potty training books. Here are the ones that we really like:
- Potty (Leslie Patricelli board books) – the boys love the “bye bye diaper” part of this story
- The Potty Train
- Where’s the Poop? – the boys think this book is HILARIOUS
- P is for Potty! (Sesame Street) (Lift-the-Flap)
- It Hurts When I Poop! a Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty
- I Can’t, I Won’t, No Way!: A Book For Children Who Refuse to Poop
I will probably have a few more posts about potty training because that’s my life right now.
– Anna, Life with Little Ones