Hoping to master the potty training process with your little one during the summer? The summer can one of the best times of the year to start potty training because diaper free time is easy during the warmer days. You can also do some of the training outdoors if you want to make things less messy at home or if you have a carpeted floor. I’ve had friends who did some of their child’s potty training in their private backyard while the kids played outside and experienced very few accidents inside. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
For tips on how to get started check out our Tips for Potty Training your Child post. And here is a list of must haves for when you are ready to start the potty training process:
- Potty Training Seat
The first thing you will need is a good potty training seat. You can always use the regular toilet seat but the “big” seats can be a bit scary and intimidating when starting the training. Surveys have also shown that children get used to the real toilet earlier if they start using a potty training seat first.
We opted for a Beco Potty Eco-Friendly Potty when potty training our son.
- Potty on the Go
Because you will be going places and you will need something portable to use when you are out. No need to stay at home for a month to avoid accidents until your child is fully putty trained. Also, great when traveling and to keep in the car. I kept ours in the car all the time and used it multiple times when potty training our son.
Here’s the one we used and loved: My Carry Potty
- Potty Training Pants/Underwear
It is important to transition from diapers to training pants/underwear when you decide to start potty training. I found that going from cloth diapers straight to underpants was the best thing for us but you can definitely try training pants to start with, some have an extra layer of absorbency to help when little ones have accidents.
- Baby Wipes
Flushable baby wipes are super helpful when little ones are learning to master toilet training. They provide a better clean than toilet paper and rarely irritate their delicate skin. They are also convenient for travel and on the go when there is not toilet paper in public washrooms. We use Kandoo® Flushable Wipes and I love that they are biodegradable and the perfect size for little hands.
- Potty Training Books
Potty training books are a wonderful way to introduce the potty to your child. A fun way to make training interesting and explain all of the steps of the entire routine. There are many wonderful ones but our favourite was Sesame Street: Potty Time with Elmo.
- Rewards Chart
Potty training reward charts are an excellent way to give positive reinforcement and for little ones to see their development and learning growth. Some children are specially driven to the rewards system so use it to give them a sense of achievement. You can find some free printable ones here.
Finally potty training shouldn’t be stressful for yourself or your child, explain the process to your little one, listen to what they have to say and give it some time if you believe it is too early, trust me, it is worth waiting if you are going to have a better experience at the end. Plus remember, patience is key!
Kandoo also has a helpful potty training toolkit HERE where you can download a chart, a cute door hanger and a certificate when your child finishes potty training. They also have a new video featuring a mom going through the process now.
For those of you that have a potty trained child, any other must haves you can think of?
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Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my post. All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.