We recently made the transition from Pull Ups to pants after just over a week of potty training through the Christmas and New Year holidays. As a follow up to our Potty Training Diaries post, I thought it would be useful to share our seven potty training essentials for anyone else planning to start potty or toilet training over the coming weeks or months.
1. Potty or Toilet Seat
The first thing you’ll need before you get started is a potty or a toilet training seat, or in our case both! We decided to get both and give the little lady the option of trying each type and seeing what she preferred. Over time she has switched between the two, initially preferring the toilet seat, then the potty and now seems to use both interchangeably quite comfortably. It’s also handy for us to have one of each as we have two bathrooms and it means that we can keep one upstairs and one downstairs for easy and quick access. There are lots of great pottys and toilet training seats around that range in design, style and price. I’d recommend involving your little one in picking one if you can as it will only add to their enthusiasm and interest in using them. We love and would definitely recommend our Baby Bjorn Potty Chair which has a great little back rest to keep our little one comfortable, especially if she’s on there for a while. But the best thing about it is how easily it can be emptied and cleaned because of the clever detachable little bowl (thank you Baby Bjorn!).
2. Toilet Wipes
The next things that are simply a must are toilet wipes. We love these Waitrose Fragranced Toddler Wipes which are not only lovely and soft and smell great too, but are completely flushable! There are of course a few different types and ranges of toilet wipes around for little ones like Kandoo and Kleenex or supermarket own brand ones like these, but we think these are pretty great and wouldn’t buy anything else.
3. Cleaning Wipes
It’s also a good idea to have some cleaning wipes to hand. Inevitably, there will be a few small spillages here and there, so I definitely recommend potty training on wooden or tiled flooring at home if its possible. We use these Dettol cleaning wipes which smell fab and are great for mopping up little spillages on floors, but more importantly keeping the potty and toilet seat clean too.
4. Nappy Bags
It’s great to have nappy bags handy when your out and about. We keep them in the little lady’s backpack for when we are away from home. It’s great to have some with you to quickly and easily bag up any clothes after toilet accidents. Scented ones like these are probably a good idea!
5. Huggies Pull Ups
We were using Huggies Pull Ups with the little lady before she started potty training and have continued to use them during the nights whilst she, and we learn how to get dry through the nights. Pull Ups are great because they feel less like a nappy and more like pants and thats what makes them such a good transition nappy to use. We love the fact that they have lovely Disney Princess and Disney Cars designs on them and are so easy to pull on and rip off that even the little lady can do them herself.
6. Bottom Butter
We’ve used the Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter on the little lady since she was a baby and continue to use it every now and then since we started potty training. It’s a lovely bottom cream which is soft, smells great and doesn’t leave your hands in a mess afterwards. Its one of the things that we are starting to phase out, but the little lady seems to like to have it on still every now and then. It’s great for sore little bottoms and there are definitely still a few of those days as they get used to using the potty and the toilet rather than wearing a nappy.
Last but most importantly you’ll need lots and lots of knickers or pants. I started stocking up around a year before we even started potty training knowing that they pretty much burn through them until they get the hang of it. I expected to throw quite a lot away, and whilst we did in those first few weeks, it wasnt actually as bad as I thought it would be. There were definitely a few more “soiled” washes for the first few weeks, but after that it was a few wet knickers here and there which were completely salvageable. We bought a mix of a few cheaper pairs of knickers that I didn’t mind throwing away during those first few weeks, and some nicer, more expensive ones that I knew the little lady would love like Disney Princess and pretty patterned ones. Like the potty, it definitely helps if you can involve your little one in picking out some of their new underwear to add to the excitement of potty training.
Otherwise lots of patience, enthusiasm, praise and encouragement will go a long way with potty training. If you’re planning to start soon, or have recently just started then good luck!
I really hope you find this post and our Potty Training Diaries useful. If you have then I’d really love to hear from you and how you’re getting on with your potty training journey.