If you are planning to potty train your child soon, you may well wonder what you need to make the experience as pleasant and as easy as possible. There are a lot of choices when it comes to potty training products, and it is helpful to know what you might want and need, and what you don’t. Here is a list of my top 5 must-have products for successful potty training.
The Potty Chair
The first thing that you will want to investigate, and to invest in, is a good potty chair. Think about what feature that you would like in a potty chair, whether it be color, or the material that it is made from. There are musical potty chairs that play a little tune when your child has a successful session. There are lovely wooden potty chairs if you want us a potty chair that is green and Earth friendly. These wooden potty chairs will go the distance for several kids, or generations.
There are also potty chairs that have lids that flip down, so that the potty chair becomes a step stool. Do you travel a lot? If so, you may want to consider investing in a travel potty chair that folds up and goes into a handy carrying case. Some travel potty chairs even come with a little drawer for toilet paper! Whatever type that you choose, know that in the beginning, little potty trainers tend to balk at the big toilet, and want something that is more their size, so a good potty chair is a good place to start. Be sure you let you child help pick it out!
The Potty Seat
A potty seat is the next step for most potty trainers and parents, and it is a seat that fits right over the toilet. I never had a potty chair with my first six kids. Rather, I had a combination potty seat, with a built in step stool. The super cool potty seat fit right over your toilet, and your child can climb right up the step stool by themselves. This makes them feel all the more grown up. In between uses, this type of potty seat collapses, so that it can be quickly removed, and leaned up against a wall.
There is nothing tricky to opening them, so they are easy to put back onto the potty, as sometimes you don’t have much time! The real benefit is that there is not potty chair bucket to empty, as the waste goes right into the toilet to be flushed away.
Folding Travel Potty Seats
If you do not want to lug around a travel potty chair with you wherever you go, or if your potty training child is already used to a potty seat, then a folding potty seat for travel is a great product to have with you. These handy potty seats unfold to be placed over the toilet at whatever rest area, grocery store, or restaurant bathroom that you might find yourself in. When folded, they are small enough to fit into a diaper bag, and some of then come comfortably cushioned for little tushies. Don’t leave home without one!
Potty Training Pants
Even if you have a package of “big kid” underwear tucked away as a reward for your child once she is potty trained, you may want to something designed for use during potty training, in the event of accidents and such. There are 2 in 1 types of potty training pants, with waterproof protection, and absorbent layers. They have the feel of real underpants, so no one will know, but leaks will be contained.
Once you are no longer as worried about many accidents, there are the more traditional, padded potty training pants. These are made to fit loosely, so that they are easy to pull down and up, and they have just enough padding to absorb a little something, if getting to the potty on time is a close call. Both of these types of potty training pants are washable, which is a real money saver, and great for the planet. Of course, you will find both styles with color options suitable for girls or boys.
A Step Stool
A step stool is another must-have potty training product, perfect for when your child is ready to use the big potty, aka toilet, but needs a little help getting to the top. A step stool promotes autonomy in potty training, and they are multi-functional, as they can be placed anywhere. This comes in handy when your child needs to reach the sink to wash their hands, or to brush their teeth.
This is my pick for the top five must-have, potty training products. You can shop for them near your home, or you can find all of they potty training products I have mentioned can be found at www.pottytrainingconcepts.com. Remember that the single best potty training must-have cannot be bought. That is a good attitude, and a lot of patience!