THE ONLY 3 POTTY TRAINING SUPPLIES YOU AND YOUR KIDS ACTUALLY NEED

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Potty training is actually not a procedure that requires a lot of STUFF. (And that’s good news, because it means that potty training doesn’t have to be very expensive – except for running your washing machine a bit more than usual.)

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR POTTY TRAINING?

There are a very few things you’ll want to have on hand, that make the process easier, but I promise… the list of potty training essentials is short.

You CAN buy a fun potty training book to read with your kiddo, but it’s honestly not necessary. Patient conversation with mommy and daddy will do the same thing as a book!

I am a big believer in cold turkey style potty training:

Take the diaper off one day and never, ever, put it back on. (Except for naps and sleep of course. It’s unrealistic to think your toddler won’t pee while they are sleeping.)

Talk to your child A LOT about going to the potty, let them watch you go to the potty, and make a huge deal out of successful bathroom visits.

DON’T shame them, and prepare yourself to deal with some messes.

Stand your ground.

HERE’S THE ONLY POTTY TRAINING SUPPLIES YOU NEED:

The following is all we bought to potty train, and both my kids were 100% trained in less than a week. We trained at 2.5 years, and the really messy part was over within 3 days.

If your toddler is ready to potty train, here’s what you’ll need:

1) POTTY (OR POTTY SEAT FOR TOILET WITH A STEP STOOL)

Obviously, this is at the top of the list as the potty is sort of the star of the show here.

If you are tight on space in your bathroom, you may opt for just a potty seat that sits on top of your toilet (like this), HOWEVER, I think there are a couple real advantages to a child sized potty during training.

Many children feel fearful on an adult sized toilet, and they may take more easily to a smaller potty that’s “just their size”. I’ve also had both my kids spooked when the seat sled around under their squirmy little selves.

For the first few days of potty training, I left my kids pants-free, and encouraged them to go sit on the potty whenever they felt the need – and within a few days they were both racing off without my help. I think being able to get themselves onto the potty alone was beneficial for them. Toddlers often have that incredible sense of independence, and a child-sized potty can allow them to exercise that in a really positive way.

Lastly, if things are moving a long more slowly than you’d like, it can be nice to keep the potty CLOSE to where ever you are. In the backyard, in the kitchen, take it along when you go out. (Yes, we did all these things. lol).

Note that you will NOT want to get a one piece potty, you will want one that has a removeable bowl (like this) to make for easier emptying and bleaching.

CAN YOU REALLY POTTY TRAIN WITHOUT BUYING TRAINING PANTS?

We did!

However, I think pull-ups might be a fun (and good!) way to avoid “the same” diapers at NIGHT and NAPS and remove that diaper confusion even farther.

We still had a lot of diapers left over, and wanted to use them up, so we did use them at night. We talked about how night was different than the day, and at night it was ok to wear a diaper because our brains might not wake up to get to the potty in time.

When we ran out of diapers, then we did move to pull-ups – and the kids thought the new colors and designs were a lot of fun.

 

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