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Essentials for Potty Training

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Potty training. Yikes. When I realized it was time to start potty training my daughter, I had an instant overwhelming feeling. I’ve never done this before so I’m not going to lie it did seem a little intimidating. I’m going to share the 5 potty training essentials that made this process A LOT easier for me.

I am usually one to do a lot of research before I buy something. I did not research potty’s too much before we started because I have an amazing friend who gave me recommendations. She potty trained TWO boys, by herself I might add. So naturally I took all of her advice. Here is what she recommended.

1. Potty Chair

This potty was perfect for us- it was easy to clean, light enough to move around, and not crazy expensive. My daughter took a while to warm up to it but that is because she is slightly stubborn 🙂 This is a picture of how she first used the potty:

Those are cat toys floating in water that she poured out from the water bottle. Never a dull moment with a toddler 😉

2. Portable Potty

This portable potty has been great! It folds flat which makes it incredibly easy to travel with. The legs also lock in place which makes it a sturdy potty for your child to use if you can’t find a public bathroom. I also highly recommend purchasing the seat liners. They are disposable, leak proof, and tie up nicely to be thrown away. You can find those here.

3. A Stool

Yes, it sounds like a given but having one encouraged my daughter to use the potty. She knew that if she went potty she would get to stand on the stool to wash her hands. I considered that a win in my book. Here is the one we have:

The non-slip rubber and anti-skid feet are a must have. My daughter gets water everywhere when she washes her hands.

4. Car Seat Covers

These car seat covers have been a lifesaver! They are waterproof and machine washable. The covers are compatible with most car seat brands as well as with strollers! My little one has had plenty of accidents and neither her car seat or her stroller have gotten ruined.

5. Training Pants

Training pants are slightly thicker than regular underwear. They will not absorb a full accident but they absorb smaller accidents allowing children to catch themselves and make it to the bathroom. I thought these were a great transition from diapers to underwear. Plus, who doesn’t love Sesame Street?

After my daughter mastered going on the potty chair, I bought her a seat cover for the “big” potty. I would not recommend buying that just yet. It took my daughter a decent amount of time to want to try the seat cover. Potty training is a lot of work and I hope my list helps you!

Alexis

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