7 Potty Training Essentials

Potty Training Essentials

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.

7. Knickers

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.

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  1. Rhyming with wine
    February 1, 2016 / 7:36 am

    great tips here hon and I’ll keep this handy for when we start with our youngest. i totally agree with cheap “to throw away” knickers in case of a code brown emergency. in fact i also used to carry a small pair of scissors so that i could just cut them off if needed to make life easier. as it was though, the accidents were quote few and far between as you found too.

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    • My Petit Canard
      February 1, 2016 / 7:47 am

      Oh what a fab idea, that’s pretty ingenious! I wish I’d thought of that, scissors would have been so handy during mom era like those 🙂

  2. February 1, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Thank you for the great tips! we should be starting potty training soon too! scary!


    • My Petit Canard
      February 1, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Oooh good luck! I hope it goes well. Hope you’ve found our potty training posts helpful 🙂

    • My Petit Canard
      February 1, 2016 / 9:18 pm

      I totally understand what you mean, but dont worry, the dread is much worse than the reality 🙂 x

  3. February 1, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Thanks hun…we have got no where with it recently but I know I need to try again. I think the pull ups may be the way forward actually to get her used to pulling pants up and down. Thanks lots and for hosting xx #marvmondays
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 1, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      The pull ups are definitely a good start! We had a bit of a false start earlier in the year last year so stopped for a couple of months and then started again once we had some proper time to devote to being indoors. It’ll come and probably be quicker and esier than you think :-). Good luck with it all!

    • My Petit Canard
      February 1, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks Julie, glad you think so 🙂

  4. February 1, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Oh, I am not looking forward to this ‘special’ time coming around again! Although, having potty trained a boy I’m hoping it will be easier with a girl (It’s my illusion and I’m happy stuck in it!)
    if only we had heeded the advice from the carpet shop and got lino throughout our downstairs instead of carpet!
    x alice

    • My Petit Canard
      February 1, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      Oh dear lol. Im sure if you’ve done it once you will be absolutely fine a second time around 🙂

  5. February 1, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    we potty trained Tyler recently and I can agree with you on these items. Luckily he went straight on to the toilet seat, I didn’t have to worry about cleaning up potties haha. I didn’t know about toilet wipes though, thanks for the tip! X

    • My Petit Canard
      February 1, 2016 / 11:34 pm

      Oh you are so lucky! The potty is definitely the most unpleasant bit of the whole experience, that and soiled underwear, uck! Well done with the potty training, just in time for baby number two 😉

  6. Something Crunchy Mummy
    February 2, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Grear list as all definitely essentials! #marvmondays xx
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 2, 2016 / 10:12 pm

      Thanks, glad you think so! 🙂

    • My Petit Canard
      February 3, 2016 / 10:09 pm

      Ha, ha! Thats definitely half the battle. All in due course 😉

  7. You Baby Me Mummy
    February 4, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Great tips huni. We got off so easily as Baby practically potty trained herself. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • My Petit Canard
      February 4, 2016 / 11:37 pm

      Thats amazing, youre so lucky! She was obviously ready for it. So much easier that way than doing it too soon 🙂

  8. February 5, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    This is a great list. We used all of the items in your list too. The only thing we also had and Bella used to love is her Princess POlly Potty Book. She used to read it every time that she was sitting dow in the potty. It was actually very cute. Thanks lovely for sharing this list at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 7, 2016 / 11:15 pm

      Thanks lovely. I’ve heard good things about that Princess Potty Training book! I think perhaps we should have got one, maybe next time around with baby number two 😉

  9. Charlotte
    February 5, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    What a fab list! we went through sooooo many pants whilst we were potty training so I would definitely second them! :p Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS this week 🙂
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 7, 2016 / 11:12 pm

      Thanks lovely, I hope other people find it useful. Im sure it’ll be great for me to look back on and remind myself of what we need a few years down the line when we’re starting again with baby number two!

  10. Mommy's Little Princesses
    February 6, 2016 / 11:21 am

    Fab top tips hon. Like you we too have both a toilet seat and a potty. However I’m so thankful that Holly now just uses her *froggy* aka toilet seat. I so wish I had known about the bottom butter before now. I can’t wait to take Holly shopping for more knickers once her pull ups are all finished. As by then she should feel more comfortable and confident to wear them. Xx #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 7, 2016 / 11:21 pm

      Thanks, glad you think so! Its so nice to watch them take such a big step in their independence. Its pretty amazing how quickly they get there 🙂

  11. February 7, 2016 / 10:28 pm


    • My Petit Canard
      February 7, 2016 / 11:14 pm

      Oh dont worry, the thought of potty training used to fill me with dread too! It is much quicker and easier than you think though 😉

  12. Lizzie
    February 8, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Great tips lovely. We were so lucky with potty training, he took to it so well. I’m hoping our second will be the same. Definitely agree with everything you used and did
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    • My Petit Canard
      February 9, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks lovely, glad you think so! Fingers crossed you have a great second experience too 🙂

  13. Savannah
    February 22, 2016 / 6:56 am

    though potty training is still quite a few months away for my boy, it’s so cool to know that I should begin buying his pants and underwear now! I’ve actually been quite nervous when I think about potty training, it’s like completely uncharted territory, but posts like these really help encourage me. Thank you so much for posting <3

    • My Petit Canard
      February 22, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      Oh definitely start stocking up on the little bits and pieces now when you see things in the sale, these little ones can never have too much underwear! Good luck with your potty training journey, hopefully it’ll be much easier than you think 🙂

  14. Diapers At Dawn
    March 11, 2016 / 11:35 am

    I’m thinking about giving it a go in May over the bank holiday weekend as I have time off work! Hopefully little man will be ready as he’ll only be 23 months, we have a potty in the bathroom at the moment which he sits on but pretending and doing it are two completely different things. Will be revisiting your list soon to get my essentials! x
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    • My Petit Canard
      March 12, 2016 / 11:18 pm

      Oh fantastic! Good luck with it all. I definitely think its easier if you have a few extra days at home with them where you can really work with them on it, and not get too stressed about accidents (which will happen!). Getting them used to the potty too is a great idea, hopefully little man will be all ready to go in May. Cant wait to hear more about it 🙂

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