Potty training can be a dreadful time for toddlers and parents. I’ve heard horror stories from friends and family about the awful process. Some parents warned me it could take months or years to get my son out of pull-ups and into underwear full time.
So, before I started the potty training process with my son, I did a lot of research on what to expect and how to prepare myself (and him). After endless reading and stressing, I came to the conclusion that no matter how many blogs I read, my process and my experience would be different because no child or family situation is the same. I just had to dive in, expect the worst, and hope for the best.
Because I cloth diapered my son, I also wanted to start the potty training process using reusable training pants. They’re similar to pull-ups, just reusable. You can find my favorites here. I also stocked up on his favorite character underwear, potty seats, and reusable training pants.
At first, I was determined to get him trained in 3 days (just like all the miracle Pinterest stories). In reality, I knew that whatever happened was going to happen, and I only had 1/2 the control in this process. If you think you’re ready to start potty training, there are some tools you better have ready and waiting because it’s gonna be a tough couple days.
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11 Must-Have Potty Training Tools To Make the Process Easier
- Potty chairs for the house
- Potty chair for the car– a lifesaver all parents should have stashed in the trunk for those unexpected gotta-go moments!
- Carseat protector
- Portable potty seat for public potty– to keep away icky germs and security. Having a similar potty chair in public situations will help the process go smoother.
- Character underwear– these go my son excited to his favorite characters on his big boy undies.
- Flushable kids wipes– remember their delicate booties aren’t used to regular toilet paper yet.
- Disposable Pull-Ups or Reusable Pull-Ups-for bedtime only.
- Reward System- sometimes bribery is a must. Don’t feel ashamed. Slowly you can ween them off of the potty prizes.
- Bathroom Toy/Book basket- use for entertainment while your child is on the potty.
- Potty Chart-use this with your child to track their progress. Let them apply stickers each time.
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I’m a firm believer that in order for this to work and go smoothly your child has to be ready. Meaning they have to be showing most of the mental signs which include asking to be changed when their diaper is wet, hiding when pooping, keeping their diaper dry for long periods, and in some cases, being interested in how mommy and daddy use the bathroom.
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One of the best tips I got from a friend was to eliminate pull-up use during the day, only have him wear underwear, and put him on the potty every 20 minutes to avoid accidents. Pull-ups, because they are similar to diapers, may not enforce training. With my son, the cloth pull-up was too similar to a diaper so he just continued to pee and poop in them. So I only used underwear during the day and pull-ups at night. This, along with a great reward system and a lot of patience is what did the trick for me. He was potty trained in 5 days!
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What are some of your favorite potty training tools? Share in the comments below.
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Meagan has been married for seven years and is a proud new mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 18 years ago in high school; they got married 11 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her one year son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and fishing dog food from his mouth, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbeque anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.