Recommended Products

I have tested out a lot of potty training products.  Sometimes the money was poorly spent and I regretted my purchase, and sometimes I came pottywhiz.comaway loving the product that I chose.  I’m sharing here for you some of my favorite potty training products that made our journey easier.

 

Potty Chairs

Some parents feel it is easier to skip the potty chair altogether and get the child to use the big toilet.  This saves the clean-up that a potty requires, no doubt.  Here are a couple of key benefits of a stand-alone potty chair:

    • It’s portable.  You can move it to the kitchen, living room or playroom… wherever you and your child are spending a lot of time.  Keeping it close serves as a potty reminder without you having to be a “nag”.  This is especially helpful during the first week or so of potty training, and when using bare bum training methods.
    • Some children feel much more comfortable with a potty their own size.  Others can pee on the big toilet with no issues, but cannot poop there due to their dangling feet.  The proper positioning for a bowel movement includes feet flat on the ground (or a stool), and thighs parallel to the ground.  Other positions can hinder successful training for some children by causing tension in the thigh muscles.  Given the “thighs parallel to the ground” requirement, a lot of potty chairs sit too low to be ergonomically correct.

Any potty seat needs to be ergonomically correct and easy-to-clean. Here are some favorites from my family and some of my readers.

 

Potty Seat (Insert Rings / Ring Reducers)

Ring reducers help a child feel comfortable on the big toilet.  Preferably, whether at home or in a public restroom, you aren’t holding the child steady on the toilet.  They should be sitting comfortably on their own and therefore able to relax and release.  At home you may want to consider a toilet seat with attached/hinged child-size insert.  When outside the home there are lots of options that fold up and fit in a diaper bag.  Read the reviews and follow manufacturer directions!  There are lots of cases of pinched bottoms, or seats that have collapsed and fallen into the toilet!  These are not the types of experiences you want your child to have.

The Potette Plus or Fisher Price 2-in-1 are good options that do double duty.  They work as a public toilet ring reducer, but also as stand-alone mini potty if you’re at the park or somewhere else that a restroom is not close by.

 

Flushable Potty Seat Liners

Some people hate the idea of washing out a potty seat and love that, instead of wasteful plastic bags, there are flushable biodegradable liners.  They are sewer and septic safe, and fit well on the Bjorn potty or other ones that have a removable seat.

Books and Videos

Before you dive into potty training with both feet, spend a little bit of time building the child’s interest.  There are some great books and videos that are popular for toddlers and preschoolers.

 

Travel Products 

When you’re away from home, you will want to pack a bag with a few items that will make public restrooms and portable pottying easier for everyone.  Disposable toilet seat liners help with germy public restrooms, and flushable wipes keep bums fresh.  I like using washable wet bags in cool designs instead of plastic bags for wet clothes after an accident.  I’m not perfectly “eco-friendly” but I try to avoid waste where I can.  Wet bags are also great for bathing suits after a swim!

Travel Products – Piddle Pads

When traveling, even for long road trips, I never recommend diapering the child or using pull ups if you are normally using underwear.  This sends the message to the child that using the potty is optional, and you don’t trust them in the car not to have an accident.

“Diaper” the car seat instead.  I like washable “piddle pads” that absorb an accident and can be thrown in the laundry.  You can also try disposable “puppy pads”.  They don’t look pretty but they get the job done.

 

Training Pants

If you’ve read my blog on disposable training pants, you’ll understand why I don’t suggest using them for potty training.  There are several brands of cloth training pants that I’ve used and loved.  I don’t recommend using them in the first few days of training, as the goal should be catching your child in the “act” as soon as he/she starts to pee, and this can only be accomplished using bare bum or thin underwear.  Cloth training pants, though, are great after the initial training period for things like nap/night training, long car rides / flights, or day care and preschool (if they don’t allow the use of underwear while a child is still new to potty training).

Gerber training pants are thin, fit great, and are the closest to underwear.  They will not contain an accident, but I like them a lot.

Kushies are light weight but thicker than Gerber.

Potty Scotty / Potty Patty are popular.  I found them to be symmetrical (same front and back), which isn’t good for either boys or girls underwear.

A thicker training pant like Blueberry will contain a small accident without making a huge mess.  These are more expensive so shop around.

You could also try using plastic underwear over regular underwear to contain a mess, while still ensuring the child feels wet (which isn’t accomplished with a pull-up or similar disposable training pants).  Some brands are noisy and plastic-feeling, while others are a little better.

Be sure to read reviews for both quality and appropriate sizing.  Some brands fit large and you don’t want to order them in time for potty training and find out you need a different size.

 

Bed Mats / Bed Pads

For children younger than 2.5 years old, I would focus on day training and nap training, and deal with nights after things are going well.  For children older than this, training can often be more successful when days and nights are tackled together.

I like cloth trainers for nap and night training, and I also recommend “diapering” the bed by using bed mats to limit your clean-up and laundry, and avoid soaking the mattress.

There are disposable varieties, as well as cotton/poly reusable varieties.  Some parents find that the convenience of the disposable ones trumps everything else, while others feel that the disposable ones move around or sound “noisy”, and prefer a reusable one.

 

 

More categories to come!

 

 

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  1. Jessie

    How is using a cloth trainer not also sending a mixed message? I would love that extra protection for church or library story time, but I’m scared it would send us backwards.

    1. PW

      The critical features of a cloth trainer are:
      -that it pulls up (instead of being diaper-style)
      -that the child still feels wet and knows when they have had / are having an accident
      -relatively thin, so that it feels close to underwear and not bulky like a diaper

      You can find ones with cool designs, and you should still call them underwear / panties / undies. Do not in any way give your child a reason to think they should treat it any differently than their regular underwear.

      Disposable trainers absorb moisture and I don’t recommend using them at all during waking hours during or after potty training. But cloth trainers are great once a child is trained, but for times when you need extra protection, as you say. Some day cares don’t allow a child in underwear until they are accident free for several days, so cloth trainers are also a good compromise in that situation… way better than putting a child in diapers or pull-ups at day care when you have them in underwear at home.

      I hope this answers your question! Please let me know if I can help with any other questions.

      1. Jessie

        Great! Thanks so much for the info, your blog is so helpful!

        1. PW

          Did you end up trying a cloth trainer?
          How is your potty training journey going?

          1. Jessie

            Yes, I went with a Gerber knowing I’d have to stay on top of them. Our journey is going a different way than anticipated. She has a bladder of steel and can hold for hours. We did three days without diapers and by the end she was throwing fits over her over-full bladder she wouldn’t/couldn’t empty. (She’s 20 months now) So, after a week back in diapers I suggested a trip to the potty during a change, and she happily complied and sat for at least five minutes. It’s been a couple weeks now and she continues to willingly sit at least once a day, some days multiple times. She never releases on the potty or toilet and I’m considering it a success that she pooped in her panties this morning and immediately told me “poop”. (I didn’t even know she knew that word!) She also had a pee accident last week, and she immediately said “Uh-oh” and stopped the flow so it didn’t even run down her legs. If I can just get her to relax and release, we should be good to go:) I’ve tried everything, so I think it might just take a bit of time, and that’s okay. What we’re doing is more relaxed for her and it’s not like we have a time frame. I’m open to ideas though!

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