I shared some thoughts on potty training this week over on Orlando Moms Blog, so I thought I would also share some of the essential items that help with the potty training process.
The Baby Bjorn smart potty and step stool are a must. Both of the kids preferred the small potty over sitting on the big potty at first. This potty is simple and has zero frills but does the job. The step stool is necessary for all of the hand washes after the potty. Both of the kids still use their step stool every night to brush their teeth.
Just as important as the potty itself are the rewards. We used M&M’s for both of our kids, as well as Dum Dum lollipops. I’ve heard of many different types of treats, small toys, stickers, the whole nine yards. Whatever you use, definitely offer rewards and incentives!
I was very particular about the kids’ undies because one brand fit each of them far better than the others. For Kenley, we really like the Carter’s cotton undies. They are super cute, comfy, and fit her well. For Crosby, we like the Old Navy boxer briefs. They fit him really well and I cannot even get over the cuteness.
We swear by the Kandoo flushable wipes and the Up & Up flushable wipes. These make potty time so much better than normal dry toilet paper. Some reviews have said that the flushable wipes can cause clogs, but we haven’t experienced that and use them sparingly. These are also great to stuff in the diaper bag and go!
For Kenley, we used a folding travel potty seat with handles for those lovely trips to public restrooms. She was a little apprehensive of the large, loud potties and I didn’t even want to think about how disgusting those potties really were. The seat was great to stick in the diaper bag and use it as needed on the go.
We already had a Planet Wise wet bag from our cloth diapering days, but these are great to have on hand in case of accidents. I usually stick a clean change of clothes in there to take with us when we leave the house and then use it for the soiled clothes, if needed.
I am happy to be done with the potty training phase but these items were especially helpful during the whole process. What have you used that is not on my list?
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