Well its an obvious one but an important one! To potty train one must use a potty! if your lucky enough that they go straight to the loo then thats amazing, but for the majority the potty is a good place to start. I got the most basic of pottys. It didnt seem to matter too much what it looked like. This is personal preference. As long as its comfy and easy to clean that was my motto.
The Potette Plus is a genius invention gave me the courage to step out of the house and do normal things more than 2 mtrs away from a toilet! Small & light enough to fit in your backpack, liners easily available, and also doubles up as a toilet seat. Ive taken ours all over the place and especially useful on holiday!
I bought the ‘Hippychick Mattress Protector Fitted Sheet Cot (60 c 120 cm)’ from Amazon, washes and tumble dries brilliantly. Its made of soft material and not crinkly so doesnt wake them up in the night too.
Dry like me pads
These worked brilliantly. They caught little mishaps and gave lo time to hold it in until reaching a toilet and also saved endless pant changing. They are small enough not to feel like nappies and big enough to cope with emergencies. Obviously they are not as big as nappies so will not cope with too much but somewhere in between.
Lots of pants
Loads and loads of changes of pants and changes of clothes are essential. Also not forgetting socks as if its gonna dribble down the leg the socks will get it!
Rewards, stickers and sticker charts
Whichever way you want to go with rewards, chocolate buttons are popular. I used stickers for wees and a little party bag type present for poos as they were extra special!
Stickers have been amazingly useful and still are great for rewarding behaviour.I made my own little book seperating wees and poos on the potty and on the toilet.
Its an obvious one but just soo needed!
Antibacterial flushable wipes
I got mine from Asda but I guess you could get these in other places. These are antibacterial wipes but the key is they are flushable. I wanted them so that I could wipe the seat before lo got on (as some public toilets can be gruesome!) and then can pop it in the toilet and flush it away. Its just like a pack of wipes so really handy and a lot smaller than carrying a bottle of antibac spray around. I would say about the same price too.
Baby Bjorn toilet trainer
The Baby Bjorn Toilet trainer is a great seat, it adjusts to any toilet seat to make it secure so they dont feel like they are going to fall off. Its all in one piece so cleaning it is much easier. It has a carry handle and can be taken off the toilet seat easily. I would say dont forget a ‘step up’ to go next to the toilet also. As potty training progresses and they are more comfortable going on their own they need access on their own too, so a step up means you dont have to intervene at all!
We had one shaped like a pig. I had trouble getting my lo to stay seated on the toilet and wait for the ‘business’ to come so the timer came in useful for a certain amount of time (until the novelty wore off) to keep lo staying seated.