Potty training is one long ride on the struggle bus. We tried the stay-at-home-for-three-days-and-let-your-child-pee-all-over-the-house strategy over the summer. Didn’t quite work for us the first time! Baby D just wasn’t getting it after over a week, so we decided to try again at another time. (She was 18 months at the time and just not ready.)
We tried again recently and have had much better success! We are taking it easy and while there are still accidents, they are much less often!
Here are a few things that helped me potty train my daughter!
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- Potty Training Chart-I’m all for a cute potty training chart, but it also needs to show progress. I made the charts below. They are simple, but are great for showing progress over the course of a week. My daughter was waaaay more excited about cute stickers than anything else, so I always have them on hand. We used small stickers for going potty, larger ones for going #2, and special kitty stickers for when she told me she had to go. Click on each pic for the PDF of these FREE cute charts!
- Cleaning Products-There will be accidents, so be prepared! Before even starting, gather your cleaning products. We have hard floors downstairs, so I had a little bucket with paper towels and floor cleaner in a spray bottle. I also keep my Swiffer WetJet nearby! For upstairs, where we have carpet, I had paper towels and baking soda. (Baking soda is GREAT for cleaning up messes. Sop up the potty as much as you can, then sprinkle baking soda all over it. Let it dry completely, then vacuum up.)
- Books-A few weeks before you start, read potty training books with your little one. You can get them from the library (I mean, it’s not like you’re going to be reading them forever!) Click on the books below for their links if you just want to shop on Amazon!
- Small Potty-We used Summer Infant’s Lil’ Loo Potty and loved it. We had one for upstairs and one for downstairs. It isn’t huge, so we can even throw it in the car if spending a day at a family member’s house. If you need a Prime option, this one is similar.
- Seat for Toilet-I got this IKEA Tossig Toilet Seat on a trip to IKEA and love it. It’s super basic, fits on the toilet well, and isn’t terribly expensive (especially if you purchase it AT IKEA). I didn’t want Baby D to only be able to use little potties, so we used this throughout the training as well.
- Undies-Go shopping with your little one before you begin and let them help pick out some fun undies! I’ve also heard it’s smart to get ones with characters on them. You can tell your child they need to keep their friends dry and clean!
- Training Undies-We use Easy Ups during nap/bedtime and when we aren’t’ at home right now. Accidents are still happening every once in a while, and I don’t want those to make a mess at the store or a friend’s house! I like Easy Ups because they kind of feel like undies-at least way more than Target brand!
- Step Stool-Just as you are training your kiddo to use the potty, you are training them to wash their hands! Make it easy by getting a good step stool. I made the one we use out of wood, but if you aren’t feeling super handy, here is a great one off Amazon. 🙂
- Juuuust in Case Box in Car-It’s good to have a “Just in Case” box in your car. It can be filled with extra undies/pull-ups, wipes, spare clothes, hand wipes, baggies to put dirty diapers in, stickers…anything you could need while away from home.
- PATIENCE-This is more important than anything else. Potty training will require you as a parent to clean up a lot of messes, do a lot of laundry, and do a lot of sitting and waiting as your little one tries to go potty. Your whole life becomes about potty training during those first 3 days, so give yourself grace in regards to housework and pretty much everything else!
There you have it! A few of the items that have been helpful while potty training our little one. On those hard days when you are cleaning up accidents every 15 minutes, just remember, your child will not be potty training forever. They WILL get it eventually! For now, enjoy singing silly potty songs with them, pinch their cute little bottoms in their cute little undies, and remember how much you love your little potty trainee! 🙂