The moment has arrived. You’ve decided to start potty training your toddler. Congratulations! This can go smoothly or be super stressful, you can’t really know for sure until you try. Isn’t that how so much of parenting goes? And while you can’t predict how your little human is going to react to saying bye-bye to diapers, you can do a few things to set yourself up for success before you even start.
We started reading this book to her a few months before we started potty training. I think it helped get her familiar with the language around going on the toilet and it’s also just a really cute book! It talks about where cats and dogs go potty too and even now Piper still says “Buffy poo poo outside! Piper poo poo on the potty” 🙂 It’s adorable.
There are hundreds of training potties to choose from, but the reason we went for this one is because it has a removable pot. And it’s highly reviewed on Amazon 🙂 So when your little one pees (which will be often) you can just take the pot out and dump it in the “big potty”. Some training potties are all one piece so they can be a little more cumbersome to empty. After the first day or so we actually let Piper carry the pot to the “big potty” and dump it. She loved the responsibility!
Once you are ready to transition from the training potty to the “big potty” this seat is a great option if your kid is on the smaller side. I feel like once they are closer to age 3 they can probably just sit on the normal toilet seat but Piper’s little tush was way too small and she would just fall right in. The handles are great for stability, especially when going number two 😉 Every few days I spray it with anti-bacterial cleaner and rinsed it off in the sink. Easy!
This one isn’t really that important but could be helpful if you have a kid like Piper who wants to do EVERYTHING on her own. This plastic stool is so lightweight she can pull it over to the toilet herself and then stand on it to get on the potty. She still needs to hold my hand but she likes the feeling of climbing up on her own. Plus we use this stool for brushing teeth and washing hands too, so it’s been really useful.
For the first month or so I actually carried the Munckin Potty Seat with me and it was so big and bulky. I didn’t even realize a travel potty seat existed! This foldable one is so convenient for travel and small enough to throw in my diaper bag (it comes with its own carry bag). If we do multiple bathroom stops while we are out I just wipe the top of the seat with a baby wipe before she sits down since that’s the only part that touches her skin. Once we get home I just spray it with some anti-bacterial spray so it’s clean for our next trip. It’s made going to the bathroom on the go so much easier.
If you have any other suggestions for items that made potty training easier please leave them in the comments!