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The Best Tools for Potty Training

The Best Tools for Potty Training

Reading about “potty training products gone bad” is good for comic relief but after the laughter (and horror) subside, you’re still no closer to having potty training gear that actually works! To help you on that mission, here are seven key potty training products that have worked like a charm for other moms.

1. Potty Training Books

Kid-friendly books about potty training are an excellent way to generate interest and excitement about the toilet, and make it easier to explain the mechanics. Highly popular titles include Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel (with editions for girls and boys), Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi, and The Potty Book (also available for both girls and boys).

2. Potty Training Videos

Like potty-training books, potty training DVDs can also inspire success. Go Potty Go and Elmo’s Potty Time are both recommended by moms, as is the video version of Once Upon a Potty.

3. Baby Bjorn Potty Seat

Of the many potty seats on the market, the Baby Bjorn potty chair gets particularly high praise from Circle of Moms members. Mother-of-two Karen F. shares: “I highly recommend the Baby Bjorn for older/larger toddlers who start potty training….The Baby Bjorn seats were super easy to clean up.” And Suzanne R. shares: “It is comfortable, doesn't tip easily, and is good for both boys and girls.”

4. “Cool” Potty Seats

As moms like Jacki H. advise, consider the fun factor in potty training products: “Try buying him a ‘cool’ kid's potty. I bought my son a frog one. He loved it!” Similarly, in the Potty Training Toddlers Community, Lindsay recommends: “If he has a favorite character from TV (for my son it was Thomas the Train), buy the potty seat with that character. Worked like a charm for me!”

5. Character Underwear

From Dora, Disney princesses and My Little Ponies for girls to Toy Story, Cars and Batman for boys, character-themed "big boy" or "big girl" underwear can be major motivation for potty training. Jessica W. relays: “I took both of my boys shopping and they picked out their own underwear. When they picked them, I explained that they had to keep the characters clean by using the potty now. They were both in underwear 24-7 within 2 weeks!”

6. Fold-up Seats

To assuage children's fears of falling into public toilets (and to avoid lugging around a huge seat every time you run an errand) moms like Veronica M. suggest purchasing a portable fold-up seat: “They make seats (that fold up to fit in a diaper bag) that snap onto the seat to make it a little more comfortable for toddlers.”

7. Mattress Protector

Prepare for the inevitable slip-ups by making the bed up with protective bedding. As Naomi K. suggests: “Invest in a waterproof mattress protector. They are a great invention. Or you can buy a waterproof mat that lies on top of the sheet for your child to sleep on; they are made of cloth so can be washed if your child does have an accident."

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