Potty Training {Take Six}

Today is Day 3 of potty training Noah, and I have to say it’s going very well. I’m thinking it helps that his older brothers and sister remind him that he needs to use the potty like a big boy, rather than going in his pants. Most of all, though, I know he was more than ready to shed the diaper.

Even though I have been through this training process five times before – four, really, since Ben trained himself – I still dreaded it this go ’round. All of my boys were close to three when I began, so they all picked it up pretty quickly, especially with our potty training system.

I’d like to share some items we’ve had handy with each potty training experience ::

pirate pottyBooks — Books that provide helpful, step-by-step stories that introduce girls & boys to the concept of toilet training are incredibly helpful. There are a couple of books by Samantha Berger that we’ve had the opportunity to enjoy. Pirate Potty is a pirate-themed, toilet-training book that is fit for the little swashbuckler in your life. This book includes a pirate’s hat and reward stickers, while Princess Potty follows the same theme, but is fit for the Royal Highness in your life, complete with a tiara and reward stickers!

A Potty Chair — For the first little while, it can be intimidating for your little one to sit on a great big, adult-sized toilet. I can only imagine the sense of feeling like I could fall in! There are many different types of potty chairs, from simple to deluxe, but we have found that we really only need a basic chair with a removable “bowl” to easily rinse out between bathroom breaks.

Rewards & Incentives — While stickers work as rewards for some children, others need a bit more incentive to sit on the potty and avoid going in their pants. I let each of my children choose their own reward. Some of our favorite incentives have included licorice nibs and M&M’s.

Flushable Wet Wipes — Toilet paper can be rough on a tiny tush. Using wet wipes will help prevent rashes and also ensure a clean little booty.

Pull-Ups — I firmly believe that, once you toss out the diapers to begin potty training, you should steer clear of any type of covering that keeps the little tush dry. An accident is more apparent when wearing undies and we want our little trainee to know that s/he has had an accident. That said, we do use Pull-Ups at night, just until we can have dry nights.

Pull-Ups® training pants provided me with product coupons to try out the new Learning Designs Pull-Ups® with Toy Story 3/Princess and the Frog characters. I have also received Princess Potty and Pirate Potty to review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Pull-Ups® products or the Potty books.


  1. pixie13 says

    Potty books, a washer & dryer, & a steam cleaner for the rugs. Yeah, there are going to be a lot of accidents.

  2. says

    My potty training essential is a sentence that was told to me by an older friend of the family who taught kindergarten for 30 years. She said:

    They WILL walk, talk & be potty trained by the time they start school, don’t worrying too much about it.

    That’s helped me so much. We’re not potty training a little girl we have welcomed into our home from foster care. She’s been delayed because she hasn’t been in 1 place long enough to get a good system down. So we’re using praise, patience & a Laurie Berkner song on the iPod to reinforce using the potty. When she goes, we give high 5s, and then dance our booties off :) Good flushable wipes are another essential!

  3. Michelle H. says

    I would say patience is essential and cleaning supplies for when he doesn’t make it to the toilet.

  4. Kathy Scott says

    I do not believe that there are any potty training essentials. When the child is ready the child is ready. I let my boys run around in the back yard without a diaper. When they started seeing what happened when the pee’d something clicked for them and they understood the process. Both were completely potty trained by 18 months.

  5. jennifer says

    potty training essentials

    pull ups
    chocolate chips (reward)
    stickers (reward)
    lots of water (to drink adn make pee)

  6. Angela Fuller says

    Stickers to reward them each time they go. Pullups help a lot too. A comfortable potty chair and lots of patience and praise.

  7. Lisa L says

    I don’t have any potty training essentials since I haven’t potty-trained my son yet (in a few more months…) but I’m guessing I’ll be needing lots of training pants and patience!

  8. Nikki Davis says

    So far so good with potty training, however, I have always kept the portable potty close, in the living room or kitchen….might sound strange but they need to be able to get to it quick and having them see it constantly is a neverending reminder…After all, we empty it right away anyway.

    Thank you for the entry,


  9. Lisa G. says

    My potty traing essentials are a pair of big boy/girl undies so that they feel more confident and ready, a great sturdy potty seat and lots of child friendly foam hand wash.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  10. R Hicks says

    Some of our potty training essentials were lots and lots of patience. We always highly praised them when they went to the potty and made it a fun experience.

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  11. Geoff K says

    Some essentials would have to be favorite books and music (for the long waits!) and candy or other rewards for reinforcing a good job. Thanks!

  12. says

    Some of the potty training tips might work with your child but some others won’t, although they have been effective in potty training other children. Make using the potty a habit in your child’s life. Take the child to visit the bathroom once or twice in the beginning and then increase the number of visits. Make sure you make the visits to the toilet at about the times the child is most likely to pee-pee or poo-poo.

    Even if the child does not pee or poop every time he is taken to the toilet, the time is not wasted. On the contrary, the child will get accustomed to flushing, wiping and washing up.
    Potty Training Child at http://www.pottytrainingchild.com/´s last blog post ..Prepare For Potty Training Sessions


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