Potty training is an important part of leaving babyhood behind and entering into the wonderful adventure of diaper-free childhood. It takes both time and patience in order to fully potty train a toddler. Here are a few potty training supplies for toddlers needed and how to use them to their best advantage.
Potty Training Supplies for Toddlers
Books for Potty Training
Start preparing the toddler for potty training by going to a book store or shopping online for books about potty training. Pick out a few and read them every day to the child. Point out pictures of the potty and ask the toddler if she would like to try to use the potty. Sit her on the potty and read the book to her there. If she happens to use the potty, praise her and tell her “Just like in the book! What a big girl!”
Make Potty Training Charts
Some printable potty charts can easily be found online by searching for “potty training charts” in a search engine. Print one off or make one on a poster board. Use stickers or stamps to fill in a space every time the toddler uses the potty. Maybe offer some type of reward for when the potty chart is fill such as a small toy or piece of candy. Tape a picture of the reward onto the potty chart so that the toddler knows what he is working for.
Prizes for Toilet Training
Many parents use rewards during the toilet training period. Choose something that the toddler will really work for such as jelly beans, stickers, or small chocolate candies. Keep the reward by the potty and every time there is success, give the positive reinforcement immediately.
Potty Seat for Toddlers
Potty seats are little devices that fit directly onto the toilet. One advantage of using a potty seat is there is not as much clean-up as a stand alone potty chair that sits on the floor beside the toilet. They come in a variety of colors and some are even printed with popular children’s characters. Take the toddler on a special shopping trip to let him help to pick out his special big kid potty seat.
Potty chairs are convenient because they are toddler sized. They vary in price and in their features. Some even make music when the toddler uses it. Some parents choose to use both a potty seat and a potty chair, especially if there is more than one bathroom in the house. The potty chair is usually placed in the main bathroom that the child uses and the potty seat in a secondary bathroom for emergencies.
A step stool is important, especially for boys, to help the toddler to be able to reach the potty. They also come in handy to stand on during hand washing. An inexpensive step stool should cost around $10 to $15. Wooden ones with the toddler’s name spelled out in colorful blocks can be special ordered for at least $50.
It is important to teach toddlers about toilet paper, but, to make the transition smoother, consider using toddler wipes. They can help to clean their bottoms a little better and they are use to the way moist wipes feel. Toddler wipes are easily found at stores like Target or Walmart.
Toddler Underwear and Training Pants
Take the toddler shopping for some fun underwear. Let them pick out a few pairs that have their favorite cartoon character on it. Tell them that it is very important that they keep it dry. Also stock up on training pants that offer the protection of diapers, but will let the toddler know when they are wet by becoming cool or having a design on the front that will change colors when accidents happen.
Potty Training Success
Remember that it takes time and patience to potty train a toddler. The most important tool will be patience. Don’t get angry when they have an accident as they are going to happen, frequently. It might take a very long time for a toddler to stop wetting the bed at night, so stock up on toddler training pants designed for night time wear.
Remember to be positive, supportive, and prepared with all the essential potty training tools and toilet training success will happen.
We hope this list of potty training supplies for toddlers helps you during your potty training transition! Find more potty training tips for successful potty training!