OH CRAP! It’s time to potty train…
Let me just start off by saying, I am NOT a potty training expert. I’m just here to share my experience and offer you some tips that worked for us and some unique products that we can’t live without.
I held on to diapers for dear life! They were convenient, I never had to drag my child into filthy public bathroom stalls and there were no embarrassing messy accidents to deal with (minus the occasional leak or blow out). I totally got WAY too comfortable with diapers and I literally would have kept him in them for as long as I could if it were deemed socially acceptable to have a 6 year old in diapers. There already isn’t enough time in the day, now I have to patiently potty train. And stay inside for days with my crazy toddler! COME ON!!!!
So naturally, I totally panicked when the time came. We decided to do the 3 day potty training method where you stay in all weekend and just focus on potty training. Guys, it didn’t work! He seemed like a total pro after day one, we literally were doing crazy dances around the house like we nailed it, singing “PEE PEE IN THE POTTY! PEE PEE IN THE POTTY” like complete crazy people. Then day 2 and 3 he just shit and pissed everywhere. I’m talking, not even close to any potty or toilet and he didn’t seem to mind it at all…
That’s when I lost my mind and ordered everything labeled “Potty” on Amazon. I ordered so much that when boxes arrived I was like “Oh wow, I ordered this? Alright cool, let’s try this”.
So here are my top 10 tips/products that will help make this transition a little easier for your entire family.
1. Elmo Potty – In addition there are a bunch of Elmo potty books you can order or download the Elmo Potty Time app. My son was obsessed with Elmo, so this was the best potty to encourage him. For a more stubborn child, I would resort to the Ipotty. Sometimes you just need them to stay on the potty until they go, and using the iPad can help pass the time.
2. Potty sticker chart and treats – I made our own charts, but you can buy premade ones to save you time and the hassle. And our go to potty treat was mini M&M’s! I don’t even want to know how many M&M’s he consumed during this process….
3. Car seat Saver – For on the go, the car seat saver is a must. My son had a few accidents in the car and this product saved the car seat from getting wet.
4. Stool – A good stool is a must. We loved our travel sized one that folds into a small bag, small enough to fit in your purse or diaper bag. Having a boy, this was essential as they aren’t at all tall enough to stand and pee in the public restrooms toilets. There are also great stools for the house and stool/seat combos.
5. Potty toilet seat – I love the built in potty seat to the adult seat. This is especially great if you’re looking to save space in your bathroom.
6. Night light for the toilet – My son immediately started waking up at all hours of the night to go potty. 12am, 2am, 4am, 6am, we haven’t been so tired since he was a newborn. So this nightlight made night time potty fun and exciting (for him) but also allowed us not to have to turn on all of the lights at night and fully wake up… Ps. The waking up thing lasted for about 2 weeks, now he’ll wake up maybe once if that.
7. Covers for public restrooms – These are great for when he needs to sit on the potty in public. They have tape on them so they don’t move all around as your child squirms and it helps protect them from all the toilet seat germs.
8. Travel potty – This is great for the car, but also for traveling for hotels in particular. We’ve had a few incidents when we’ve had to pull over immediately and use the potty in the back of our car. Not ideal, but sometimes they need to go within seconds of telling you.
9. Potty Doll – Melissa and Doug Annie doll worked so well for us. She drinks water and pees so you can actually show your child the process. I also would put little chocolate chips in the potty and tell him that she pooped! He was super impressed with Annie’s potty skills and he totally wanted to copy her.
10. Flushable wipes – Self-explanatory and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, you will be wiping their little butts for a long while after training so don’t get too excited to be free of bathroom duty!!
I hope these products help ease you into the world of potty training. You will be doing all sorts of crazy things like making up potty songs, dancing at the sight of poop in the potty as you carry it to the toilet to be flushed with joy. Becoming a poop and pee cheerleader.
If all else fails, wait until they start school and let the teachers handle it. Don’t ever tell them I said that! But kids will pick it up fast in a school environment when all of their friends are doing it there is no bigger incentive to learn.
Cheers and best of luck!