Potty Training Tips: Gear


It seems anyone and everyone is willing to share their potty training tips with you; I have composted a list of potty training gear that will help make the transition easier. It is important to remember that every child is different and there is not one way that works for everyone but these items top my must have list.

1. Potty: I would recommend letting your child choose the potty that they would like to have since they are the ones who will be using it. Henry picked out a [Disney] Cars potty and when we first brought it home he thought it was a new toy; he enjoyed sitting on it, getting up and shutting the lid, opening the lid and so forth.

2. Slip on Diapers: Easy on and off make it easier for your child to get to the potty in time.

3. Books: Having one or two good Potty books will help your child understand what they need to do and how to do it. Read these books with your child often.

4. Big Boy/ Big Girl Underwear: Take your child to the store and let them choose which underwear they would like to have; if your child really likes the underwear they choose they will be less inclined to pee/poop in them.

5. Incentives: These could be potty charts, smarties, stickers, etc. For Henry we are using a potty chart and every time he pees or poops on the potty he can help color in a star. When his chart is full of stars he can choose a prize from our “prize basket”. The prize basket has things like toy cars, pages of stickers and small boxes of smarties because those are things he likes. I did an internet search of “potty charts” and found quite a few free printables to choose from.

Good luck with the potty training and remember to be patient; your little one will get the hang of it when they are ready!

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