Potty Training Gear
Puzzled by the dizzying display of potty training gear? We've got you covered! Here's a handy shopping guide with all the training must-haves.
- Potty Chair: A mini portable potty that sits on your floor gives your child easy access to the potty (a definite necessity). Look for simple potty chairs that are safe, easy to use and easy to clean. The Boon Potty Bench is a great choice because it's comfortable, stylish (yes, stylish!) and has a cute little storage compartment for wipes.
- Potty Seat Adapter. Potty adapters are mini potty seats that fit on top of a full-sized toilet seat. If you have a child who's fascinated by the "adult" toilet, an adapter seat could be the best way to go (literally!).
- Footstool. Unless you have a custom bathroom designed by the Lollipop Guild, you're going to need a footstool. Your little trainee needs to get into the habit of washing his hands after every potty attempt. And if your kid is using an adapter seat, a footstool will help her step up to the adult toilet.
- Pull-Ups® Training Pants. Of course, the ultimate goal in potty training is for your kid to be diaper-free, but that might take a while. So in the meantime, you'll want to stock-up on Pull-Ups® Training Pants with Easy Open Sides. While they go on and off like underpants, the sides open and close (and stay closed) just in case!
- Handsoap. You hopefully already have soap in the house, but picking up a fun bottle of kid soap (like squid soap) can go a long way in encouraging your kid to develop good hand-washing habits—something you want to reinforce from day one.
- Pull-Ups® Flushable Moist Wipes. Toddlers are fascinated with toilet paper—just not for wiping. Save yourself the frustration (the toilet paper waste, the plugged up toilets) and stock up on Pull-Ups® Flushable Moist Wipes which break up quickly after flushing.
- Underwear. The key is finding underwear that your kid will want to wear—so let his or her personal taste guide your purchase.
- Potty Books and/or DVDs. The more exposure your kid gets to all things "potty," the better the chance that he's going to catch on. Pick up a book or DVD about using the potty like A Potty for Me! And if you need some inspirational videos, check out The Potty Project. You can laugh and learn as you watch six different families tackle potty training.
- Potty Training Toys. Monkey see, monkey do, right? Some cool potty props can be just the incentive your toddler needs to actually try the potty. Try these hilarious pee and poo dolls.
- Portable Potties. Unfortunately, you will not always be at home when the urge to go strikes and your kid has to go right.this.instant. Getting a good portable potty (try Travel John Jr. Disposable Urinal or On-the-Go Potty) can save you a lot of headaches (and a lot of laundry soap!).
- Extras. If you are potty training a boy, you might want to invest in a Flippee Toilet Shield and some Tinkle Targets to try and cut down on, um, the splashing. You can even get a potty night light and a roll of talking toilet paper (just in case your shouts of praise aren't enough).