It’s been almost three years since I potty trained Adelaide, and in that time I’ve seen and/or used a lot of little kid potty equipment. Here’s what stood the test of time (and practicality, and cost…) in our home:
There are MILLIONS of all-in-one potty chairs out there! I bought this one on the left by Safety 1st three years ago, because it had multiple functions—it’s a full potty seat, or the base can be detached, turned upside down and used as a step stool. Any product that has multiple functions, and can grow with your child, is going to get some mileage!
They don’t make this exact model anymore, but their current model looks just as useful. ⬆︎
I bought the Elmo seat three years ago, and it’s a pretty standard design that you can find with just about any character/color combination that would appeal to your child. It’s soft, lightweight, portable and easy for kids to use on their own. The downside of this seat is you have to have somewhere to store it when an adult wants to use the toilet.
A year ago, when we moved into a two story house and suddenly had a bathroom on the first floor that was used by everyone in the house, I found myself taking Adelaide’s Elmo potty seat up and down the stairs several times a day, which was NOT ok. I didn’t want to buy a second potty seat in the same style because then I’d have to buy a hook that attached to a wall in the bathroom and deal with that eyesore in the most used bathroom in our house. I did some research and discovered this little problem solver—the flip and flush potty seat. BRILLIANT! They have two different models—one that fits standard toilets and one that fits elongated toilets.
We’ve been using it for a year now and LOVE it. It flips up and stays up so adults can use the toilet. Then when the girls need to go, they can easily flip it down and not worry about falling in. It cleans easily, looks respectable and is the perfect balance of lightweight and durable. I highly recommend it!
If you have a toddler in the house, then you also have a step stool or two. We have three in our house—this IKEA one is the perfect height for the downstairs potty, this Munchkin one is in the upstairs bathroom for the potty and sink, and I love that it folds up for easy storage. But this one by KidKraft is AMAZING for sink access! It’s too high to use at a toilet, but it’s the perfect height to get your little one washing their hands all on their own.
The reviews are correct though, there is no tacky grip on the bottom, which caused it to slide on our tile floor. The simple fix we used was a bead of clear caulk on the stool’s feet. Voila, no more slipping!
We have a package of moist, flushable wipes in every bathroom in our house. They are SO helpful to get kids cleaned up and on their way quickly and efficiently.
We’ve used the Cottonelle brand as well as the Costco Kirkland brand and haven’t found a considerable difference, other than price 😉 It seems like an indulgence, but just try them. You’ll never go back to wiping a poopy bottom with dry toilet paper ever again!
Resources, Books and Movies
3 Day Potty Training eBook – 20% off with coupon code “caterpillar”!
Great method to follow to get your kids potty trained! I used it with both my girls and it’s excellent!
All aboard the Potty Train! The folks at Baby Signs created this wonderful resource kit for parents hoping to potty train their kids before the age of two. I bought this kit when Adelaide was 18 months and used it to gently introduce the idea of potty training. Unfortunately, I didn’t get serious about potty training until she was 31 months, but I loved all of the resources in this kit! We still read the book and blow the train whistle and watch the DVD.
A little dated, but your kids won’t care! Elmo’s Potty Time is a special episode of Sesame Street (45 minutes) all about using the potty. Cadence LOVES this movie and requests it frequently. I love hearing her answer Elmo’s questions and yell, “I use the potty too!!!”.
I love Karen Katz and all of her lift-the-flap books for the under 3 crowd, and this book, A Potty for Me!, does not disappoint! Cute rhymes, colorful pictures, a story that your 2-year-old can understand and relate to, all for under $5!
If your little one love’s Sesame Street then P is for Potty is a great book to have in your collection! It keeps potty training on their mind with fun flaps to lift and all their favorite characters.
This book, Potty Time, is fun because of the button that makes the flushing sound. A gimmick for sure, but another good resource to use to keep potty training on your little one’s mind.
So that’s what we use and have been using for a few years now! I’d love to know what potty training gear do you have and love! Tell me in the comments below 🙂