Somewhere between the age of 1 and 3 you will have to make the effort to end the diaper dependency and potty train your kids. You can make this process easier by investing in the right gear. What do you need?
1. Potty Seats
2. Step Stools
3. Flushable Wipes
4. Travel Potty Seats
Some additional stuff that helps in the process but is not a must
4. Inspiration – Books
5. Inspiration – Charts and Reward Stickers
5. Accident Prevention
There are two choices here
1. Floor Models also called Potty Chairs
2. Inserts on regular toilets also called Potty Seats
1. Potty Chairs – Potty chairs resemble a chair and sits on the floor – they have removable basin that holds the potty which must be dumped and cleaned. I feel this is a good option for children below the age of three.
– Less intimidating
– Gets the child slowly used to the concept of deliberate pooping in familar surroundings
– Can be gross to clean
– Child can mistake it as a toy and play with it
2. Potty Seats – The potty seat is a removable insert that sits on the adult potty seat and makes it easier for the child to sit on the seat without falling in. In general, if your child is close to the age of 3, I would recommend skipping the potty chair and buying the potty seat. If your child is closer to the age of 2, then choose the potty chair.
– Potty falls into the toilet so no cleaning is required
– Toddlers start associating the toilet with potty which helps in the process
– Younger children are intimidated by the size and height
– Need additional accessory like the step stool.
Best Potty Chairs
1. Summer Infant Lil’ Loo Potty available in 5 colors for $10 is the cheapest option and does the job well.
3. My top recommendation is the BABYBJORN Potty Chair which is a little more highly priced at $28. The sturdy construction, high backrest and the soft lines are big plus points. I like the ergonomic design that somehow feels more comfortable to the other cheaper ones. Their Smart Potty is great for travel and emergencies.
Best Potty Seats
The best potty seats are secure and firm and do not slip around.
- Good –OXO Tot Sit Right Potty Seat with Stand Right Base – Cheapest in the market for 20 bucks this fits on most toilets and has handles on both sides for children to grip.
- Better – Cozy Greens® Potty Seat | Kids Toilet… – Best seller on Amazon right now
3. Best- BABYBJORN Toilet Trainer – White/Red – This one is my top recommendation, it has an adjustment dial and works well on most toilets. Easy to clean and the inward sloping splashguard prevents spills outside the toilet.
4. Best Portable Seat – Pottete Plus 2-in-1 – This portable potty training seat is great for travel or use anywhere there may not be convenient facilities. It comes with a contoured seat to offer comfort to your child. The strong well balanced base prevents your child from slipping off. You can fold the seat flat to fit in the diaper bag. This potty training toilet seat includes three super-absorbent, leak-proof, and easy to use disposable liners that can be discarded like a diaper.
Best Step Stools
- Good – Ikea 602.484.18 Forsiktig Children’s Stool, Green/White is a great stool – cheap and functional. Ikea 602.651.63 Bolmen Slip Resistant Step Stool, 9 7/8-Inch is a taller versions.
- Better – Bumbo Step Stool Blue is taller than the Ikea regular stool and is slip resistant at the surface and base.
- Best – The Cozy Greens® Child Step Stool is the best reviewed and is the current best seller on Amazon as well. Works great with Cozy Greens Potty Seat. Very sturdy and slip resistent – best I have seen in this category.
This is the part that is likely to be weird for most parents – wiping their child’s bum with dry tissue after getting so used to using wipes. You can continue to use wipes and throw it away or use flushable wipes that can be flushed away with the poop.
- Accident Protection While in Cars – Use the Summer Infant Deluxe Piddle Pad on your car seats to protect the seats against accidents that are likely to happen after potty training.
- Best Books on Potty Training – Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right is the best selling Potty training book that I could recommend for every parent.
- Best Books to Encourage Potty Training – Children learn a lot from books or videos and I suggest using every help you can get. The books I recommend are
- Potty (Leslie Patricelli board books) – The book is perfect for introducing your child to the idea of potty training in a fun and entertaining way.
- The Potty Book for Girls/Boys by Alyssa Satin
- P is for Potty! (Sesame Street) (Lift-the-Flap) – Especially if your kids are Elmo fans.
- A Potty For Me! by Karen Katz
- Best Youtube Videos for Potty Training