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Potty Buying Guide

Before you ditch the diapers, ensure that you have the gear -- as well as the time and patience -- you will need for successful potty training.

Types of Potty Gear

If your child is demonstrating signs of readiness, including staying dry for at least two hours at a time, sticking to a regular bowel-movement pattern, and being able to remove his pants and sit down on the potty without help, you may be ready to start his potty training. Before you begin, make sure you have the right gear to ensure a smooth transition. Start with a potty for your tot and potty-training how-to books for you. Then look into flushable wipes, potty accessories, a step stool, and training pants.

Flushable Wipes

Similar to baby wipes, flushable wipes are pre-moistened cloths that are softer than toilet paper and provide a more thorough clean. They are available in pop-up tubs, re-sealable refill packs, and compact travel packs.
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Earth's Best
$35.99 at Target

These wipes are chlorine bleach free and are made with a vitamin E and Aloe Vera formula. Their soft texture makes them perfect fo...r even the most sensitive baby bottoms. They are also hypoallergenic and alcohol free to gently clean, soothe and soften your baby?s delicate skin. Package Quantity: 12For Use On: Whole BodyHealth Concern: Personal HygieneHealth Facts: Alcohol-Free, Hypoallergenic, Fragrance-Free, Chlorine-FreeFeatures: FlushableScent: UnscentedMaterial: Cotton Read More

The First Years
$5.40 $6.00 at Kohl's

These alcohol-free potty wipes are perfect for making sure training potties and toilet seats are clean. Product Features Helps p...revent odor-causing bacteria Flushable Product Details 9.5"H x 5"W x 3.24"D Ages 18 months and up Manufacturer's 90-day limited warranty Model no. Y7360 Promotional offers available online at may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. Read More

$39.96 at Amazon

Pampers kandoo flushable toilet wipes clean up to 30% better than toilet paper. They're moistened with lotion and pop up from the ...tub with the push of a button designed for little hands. Read More

$29.52 at Amazon

<div class="aplus"> <h5><div id="header0"></div></h5> <div id="text0" class="a-spacing-small"><p>Your Big Kid is ready to learn ho...w to use the potty and how to get clean. Let Pull-Ups Big Kid Flushable Wipes help your child succeed on their potty training journey. Transition your Big Kid with a hypoallergenic wipe designed to protect their skin, using both aloe and vitamin E. Our toddler wipes are completely flushable and travel with your Big Kid wherever needed. Feel great about introducing your child to dry toilet paper options, while still using these familiar flushable wet wipes to help kids get clean! Pull-Ups Big Kid Flushable Wipes now feature their favorite Disney characters. Learning to be a Big Kid just got more fun with Mickey and Minnie. Help to make your life and potty training easier with the essential flushable wipe for Big Kids. Go. Wipe. Flush. Celebrate!</p></div> <div class="two-third-col"> <div class="leftImage" style="width: 300px;"> <div id="image0"><img src="" alt="Pull-Ups Big Kid Flushable Wipes contain aloe and vitamin E to help keep your toddler?s skin soft." ><div class="imageCaption">Help your child learn to get clean with Pull-Ups Big Kid Flushable Wipes.<br>View larger</div></div> </div> <div class="leftImage" style="width: 300px;"> <div id="image1"><img src="" alt="Pull-Ups Big Kid Flushable Wipes features your childs favorite Disney friends on the packaging." ><div class="imageCaption">Let your Big Kid celebrate being clean with Disney characters on our wipe packaging.<br>View larger</div></div> </div> <h5><div id="header1">Practice with Moist AND Dry</div></h5> <div id="text1" class="a-spacing-small"><p>Pull-Ups Big Kid Flushable Wipes offer your Big Kid the opportunity to practice with a flushable wipe while starting to use traditional dry toilet paper. Wipes aren?t just for diaper changes?these moist cloths allow your Big Kid the familiarity of the wipes they?re used to, while also providing a better clean. Every child trains differently. Let your child learn, succeed and celebrate at their own pace!</p></div> <h5><div id="header2">Celebrate with Disney Friends</div></h5> <div id="text2" class="a-spacing-small"><p>Start your Big Kid potty training off right with Pull-ups flushable wipes. Featuring your favorite Disney character Mickey and Minnie, becoming a Big Kid just got easier. Make every aspect of potty training fun down to the flush, and celebrate your Big Kid?s success with Disney characters they love!</p></div> <h5><div id="header3">Team Up with Pull-Ups Learning Designs</div></h5> <div id="text3" class="a-spacing-small"><p>Use the full arsenal of Pull-Ups products to make potty training even easier, starting with Pull-Ups Learning Designs Training Pants. These training pants offer patterns that fade when wet to help your child learn how to stay dry!</p></div> <h5><div id="header4">Keep Training Going</div></h5> <div id="text4" class="a-spacing-small"><p>Available in handy travel packs and refills, Pull-Ups Big Kid Flushable Wipes fit in wherever you need them. Stash a travel pack in the car and one in the suitcase for on-the-go potty training consistency. Visit Pull-Ups website for outstanding resources on potty training, fun reward charts and more interactive tools!</p></div> </div> <div class="third-col last"> <div class="leftImage" style="width: 300px;"> <div id="image2"><img src="" alt="" ><div class="imageCaption">Make potty training easier with Pull-Ups Learning Designs Training Pants.<br>View larger</div></div> </div> <div class="break"> </div> <h5><div id="header5"></div></h5> <div id="text5" class="a-spacing-small"></div> <br> <h5><div id="header6">Features Fit for a Big Kid</div></h5> <div id="list0"><ul><li>Wipes pair well with Pull-Ups Learning Designs Disposable Training Pants for a full potty training routine</li><li>Wipes are created smaller to fit in smaller hands</li><li>Flushable wipes have a great scent, leaving your Big Kid smelling fresh</li><li>Wipes contain aloe and vitamin E to help keep your toddler?s skin soft and healthy</li><li>Alcohol-free to stay gentle on you child?s bottom</li><li>Flushable wipes break up quickly after flushing; sewer- and septic-safe</li><li>Pull-Ups Big Kid Flushable Wipes come in travel packs and tubs, to help potty train anywhere, anytime</li></ul></div> </div> </div> Read More

Boy & Girl Potties

Potties come in three main styles: stand-alone potty chairs, seat-reducing potty seats that are placed on top of a traditional toilet, and portable travel potties. Each potty style is available in a variety of colors and themes.
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Neat Solutions
$10.99 at Target

Use this potty topper to protect against germs in public bathrooms. The familiar Dora design makes trips to the potty fun, while t...he plastic material keeps skin from touching the toilet. It won?t move under a squirmy child because adhesive strips hold it in place. Fully disposable, fully fun toilet cover comes in a pack of 40 Take along for potty trip to public restrooms Plastic liner blocks germs and wetness Sticks firmly in place with adhesive strips Features everybody?s favorite adventurer, Dora the Explorer! Package Quantity: 40Includes: Travel BagMaterial: PlasticProtective Qualities: WaterproofDimensions: 10.0 " H x 13.0 " W x 2.0 " D Weight: 0.85 Lb.Battery no battery used Read More

Prince Lionheart
$14.99 at Target

It's potty training time! This toddler toilet seat has an easy-to-clean, lightweight plastic seat with rubber edges to keep it in With a front guard for boys and inner area small enough for girls, this potty by weePOD Basicx makes bathroom time hassle-free. Choose from Ash or Berry Blue. Maximum weight, 50 lb. Ages 4 and up Includes: Anchor strapsFeatures: Rubber Edge Holds Seat in PlaceSafety and Security Features: Non-skid BottomCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With Soap and WaterMaximum Weight Capacity: 50.0 Lb.Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 4 Years and UpMaterial: PolypropyleneProtective Qualities: Skid ResistantDimensions: 3.75 " H x 14.0 " W x 11.2 " D Weight: 1.25 Lb. Read More

Neat Solutions
$16.99 at Target

Help keep your toddler free from germs with the Neat Solutions Potty Topper. Easily lay the topper down on any public toilet and d...ispose of after use. With a pack of 40, you can always have one on hand. Package Quantity: 40Includes: Travel BagMaterial: PlasticProtective Qualities: WaterproofDimensions: 10.0 " H x 13.0 " W x 2.0 " D Weight: 0.85 Lb.Battery no battery used Read More

$16.99 at Target

Both you and your child will like these Disney Princess Eco Potty Toppers from Neat Solutions. This 40-ct. set of disposable plast...ic seat covers are great for on-the-go protection from germs on public toilet seats. The adhesive tabs hold the cover securely in place, providing a reliable sanitary barrier between little bottoms and big germs. The oversized dimensions cover the sides of the seat too, especially where your child holds on. A soft absorbent top is comfortable, and a plastic liner below eliminates wet seats from soaking through. Package Quantity: 40Includes: Travel BagMaterial: PaperProtective Qualities: Bacteria resistantDimensions: 15.0 " H x 18.0 " W x 0.15 " D Weight: 0.05 Lb.Battery no battery used Read More

Potty Accessories

Accessories to aid with potty time include potty hooks to hang a potty seat, step stools, disposable liners for travel potties, and clip-on splashguards for potties that do not come with one.
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$79.99 at Target

"Made of powder-coated steel, the Ubbi diaper pail is designed to achieve maximum odor control. Easy to operate, this elegant nurs...ery essential is equipped with rubber seals that are strategically designed to lock in odors and prevent leaks as well as a damper mechanism for smooth, hermetically sealed closure. Catering to the needs of today?s eco-conscious and savoir-faire parents, the Ubbi diaper pail offers the convenience and value of utilizing any standard trash bag or reusable cloth liner. Offering a modern and sophisticated twist to a once very industrial product, the Ubbi diaper pail includes a child-proof lock and is available in an array of colors - a stylish and promising solution for every nursery. Holds an average of 35 diapers Easy to load, use, empty and clean Safe, convenient and economical Award-winning sleek and contemporary design Features: Childproof LidMaterial: Steel, RubberCare and Cleaning: Spot Clean OnlyDimensions: 15.0 " H x 10.75 " W x 22.5 " L Weight: 7.0 Lb. Read More

$3.99 at JustKidsStore

Pre-moistened Diono Travel Wipes, with pull-out convenience, attaches easily to outside of diaper bag for quick access. Conditions... baby's skin as you clean. Non-toxic, light fragrance. 30 per roll. Reusable container comes with one refill pack. Read More

$19.99 at Target

Keep your baby's wipes warm and handy with the Munchkin Standard Wipe Warmer. This is a top item in our Baby Registry. It stores u...p to 100 baby wipes and features a handy night light. The built-in window on this wipe warmer with light lets you check your diaper wipes supply at a glance. Visit our Baby Registry for more big ideas for little ones. Keeps up to 100 wipes warm and ready to go Flip-top lid for easy access to wipes Window for viewing your supply of wipes without opening the lid Soft light automatically shuts off after 10 mins. 7.25Hx5Wx10L" Features: Flip-Top Lid, On/Off Timed LightNot Included: WipesMaximum Wipe Capacity: 100Safety and Security Features: Auto Shutoff, Low-voltage designMaterial: PlasticCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Dry ClothDimensions: 5.0 " H x 8.0 " W x 6.5 " D Weight: 1.0 Lb. Read More

Skip Hop
$7.99 at Target

Always keep baby wipes in easy reach with the Skip Hop Swipe Baby Wipes Case. Must-have baby gear for families on the go, the Swip...e's secure-snap lid keeps wipes moist and super accessible at all times. Its innovative, Quick-Draw opening allows for easy, one-handed access because you know you don't want to dig around your purse for a wipe when your little one's all dirty. Swipe's Grab-Strap snaps easily onto any stroller or bag so you can take it anywhere. The conveniently translucent case lets you see when you need a refill. Skip Hop is a New York City-based designer that creates stylish, practical baby products and donates a portion of all its profits to charities benefitting parents and children. BPA-free; Phthalate-free; PVC-free. Features: HandleIncludes: Wipes CaseMaximum Wipe Capacity: 1Material: PlasticCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Dry ClothDimensions: 1.5 " H x 5.0 " W x 9.0 " D Weight: 0.45 Lb. Read More

Potty-Training Books

Whether you’re looking for a serious step-by-step playbook for one-day potty training or a humorous read to keep you laughing during this tricky phase, there are lots of potty-training books that provide tips, tricks, methods, and product recommendations for successful potty training. 
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Barnes & Noble
$9.95 at Barnes & Noble

ISBN-13: 9781932740141 Publisher: Parent-Wise Solutions, Incorporated Publication date: 8/28/2005 Pages: 135 Sales rank: 158,635 P...roduct dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d) Read More

Barnes & Noble
$4.49 $4.99 at Barnes & Noble

No two children experience the toilet-training process in exactly the same way. While some kids might be afraid to even go near th...e bathroom, others may know when to go...but still never seem to make it there in time. This helpful guide takes the stress out of this challenging rite of passage, giving parents much-needed advice to help them identify what approach will work for their child s temperament. The book distinguishes between common childhood personality types, providing easy techniques tailor-fit for all kinds of kids, whether they re stubborn or willful, clinging to diapers, afraid to move on, or just late-bloomers. The book shows how to: determine a child s readiness to begin potty training ? gradually move children past their existing comfort zone, without causing undue pressure ? handle accidents and temporary setbacks This straight-talking guide enables readers to help every child make this important life transition free of worry and in the way that s right for him or her. Read More

Barnes & Noble
$7.99 at Barnes & Noble

THE CLASSIC GUIDE USED BY MILLIONS OF PARENTS! MAKE TOILET TRAINING A TOTAL SUCCESS IN ONLY A FEW HOURS! From two noted learning... specialists, here is the amazing, scientifically proved Azrin-Foxx method that teaches toilet training quickly in less than four hours for the average child. And after that rewarding learning period, he or she will willingly use the toilet without assistance or a reminder! Also inside is a wealth of information on related topics, including: • Unexpected benefits your child s newfound pride and independence can increase eagerness to feed and dress him- or herself, and improve responsiveness to parental instruction • Pre-training techniques every parent should know • Bed-wetting problems and how this method can help end them • Happy children, happy parents how mastering toilet training benefits the whole family, increasing parents personal time and deepening the parent-child connection. With more than 2 million copies sold, TOILET TRAINING IN LESS THAN A DAY is the one guide you ll need to make this significant transition a rewarding and pleasurable experience for both you and your toddler! Read More

Barnes & Noble
$11.34 $16.00 at Barnes & Noble

The result is a refreshingly engaging and informative guide-that includes all you need to know at each age and stage of your child... s first year. Drawing on the latest medical recommendations and his experiences at home and in the office, Dr. Cohen covers everything from preparing for your baby s arrival to introducing her to a new sibling, to those three basic functions that will come to dominate a new parent s life. Eat, Sleep, Poop addresses questions, strategies, myths, and all aspects of your child s development. In each instance, Dr. Cohen provides a thorough overview and a simple answer or explanation: a "common sense bottom line," yet he doesn t dictate. The emphasis is on doing what is medically sound and what works best for you and your baby. He also includes fact sheets, easy-to-follow diagnosis and treatment guides, and humorous daddy vs. doctor sidebars that reveal the learning curve during his first year as a dad. Lively, practical, and reassuring, Eat, Sleep, Poop provides the knowledge you need to parent with confidence, to relax and enjoy baby s first year, and to raise your child with the best tool a parent can have: informed common sense. Read More

Step Stools

Step stools boost children so that they can use a potty seat or seat reducer. It can help them reach the sink for washing hands.
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Teamson Kids
$67.20 $79.00 at Cymax

This Hand Painted Crown Step Stool brings a new uniqueness and hand crafted eloquent design to any room. The hand carved designs w...ill light up your little one?s smile and be pleasant for years to come. Features: Hand Painted Material: MDF Instructions included Some assembly may be required Read More

$13.59 at Target

The BABYBJöRN Safe Step stool will provide the necessary height for your kids to reach toilet seats or sinks on their own. It has ...a rubber mat on the top to provide a firm grip for tiny feet and wide rubber edges at the bottom for nonskid use on wet floors. This nonslip step stool is free of PVC and is recyclable. It coordinates perfectly with the BABYBJöRN toilet trainer and potties (sold separately). Ages 2 and up. Includes: Step StoolFeatures: Rubber Edge Holds Step SecureSafety and Security Features: Non-skid BottomCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With Soap and WaterMaximum Weight Capacity: 200.0 Lb.Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 1 Year and UpMaterial: PlasticDimensions: 6.0 " H x 8.0 " W x 11.75 " D Weight: 1.0 Lb. Read More

$14.99 at Target

Potty training and hand washing is now simple and easy with this Dora the Expolorer Step Stool. Your child is sure to enjoy the in...dependence of reaching the potty and sink on his or her own. Featuring a textured non-slip surface for standing, this step stool is made of plastic. Holds a maximum of 200 lbs. Ages 18 months and up. Includes: Step StoolFeatures: Ergonomic DesignSafety and Security Features: Non-skid FeetCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With Soap and WaterMaximum Weight Capacity: 200.0 Lb.Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 18 Months and UpMaterial: PlasticProtective Qualities: Skid ResistantDimensions: 5.5 " H x 15.0 " W x 10.5 " D Weight: 1.0 Lb. Read More

$15.99 at Target

The BABYBJöRN Safe Step stool will provide the necessary height for your kids to reach toilet seats or sinks on their own. It has ...a rubber mat on the top to provide a firm grip for tiny feet and wide rubber edges at the bottom for nonskid use on wet floors. This nonslip step stool is free of PVC and is recyclable. It coordinates perfectly with the BABYBJöRN toilet trainer and potties (sold separately). Ages 2 and up. Includes: Step StoolFeatures: Rubber Edge Holds Step SecureSafety and Security Features: Non-skid BottomCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With Soap and WaterMaximum Weight Capacity: 200.0 Lb.Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 1 Year and UpMaterial: PlasticDimensions: 6.0 " H x 8.0 " W x 11.75 " D Weight: 1.0 Lb. Read More

Training Pants

Available in either disposable or reusable/washable styles, training pants provide more absorbency than underwear, but, unlike diapers, still allow the child to feel wetness.
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Nature Babycare
$48.99 at Target

Nature Baby Care training pants are made of wood fluff pulp for good absorbency. They have elastic stretch sides to offer a comfy ...and sung fit. Their tear-away sides allow easy removal. These pull-on training pants offer leakproof protection while keeping your baby dry all day. Free of chlorine, perfume and latex. Available in standard sizes. Diaper Size: 6Diaper Weight Range: 35+ lbsFeatures: Elastic Stretch Sides, Tear-Away SidesMaterial: Wood Fluff PulpSafety and Security Features: Chlorine-free Read More

Procter and Gamble
$21.99-$28.99 at Target

Prevent late night accidents with UnderJams Night Wear by Pampers. These training pants are easily hidden under clothes and are pe...rfect for girls that are to old for diapers. Health Concern: IncontinenceFeatures: Nighttime Use, Pull-On, Disposable Read More

$7.99 at Target

Help your toddler feel like a "big girl" while keeping her clothes dry with Gerber Toddler Girls' 2-Pack Waterproof Training Pants.... Made from 100% PEVA, these waterproof training pants are great to use over cloth underwear when your toddler begins potty-training. Nylon covered elastic on the leg openings and waistband protect your little one's sensitive skin. Your little girl will love the pink floral designs and girly ruffles. Package Quantity: 2Material: PlasticSafety and Security Features: Vinyl-freeCare and Cleaning: Machine Wash Read More

$7.99 at Target

Package Quantity: 2Safety and Security Features: Vinyl-freeCare and Cleaning: Machine Wash

Product Features

Potty-training products help educate your child, motivating him throughout the potty-training process. Practicality is also a key factor, with many potty-training goods able to serve multiple purposes. 

Flushable Wipes

Flushable wipes come in a variety of scents, formulas, and packaging styles. 

Boy & Girl Potties

Many potty chairs offer three tools in one: a standalone potty, a removable seat reducer, and a stool. Some potties reward a child for making a “deposit” with lights, sound, music, or all three. A lid on the potty can help keep out younger siblings or curious pets. Handles can also help a child feel more secure, especially when perched on a potty seat.

Potty Accessories

Accessories like a potty hook attach to the toilet tank and provide a handy place for hanging a potty seat. Disposable liners will help when potty emergencies strike when you’re in the car.

Potty-Training Books

Potty-training books provide detailed instructions for how to carry out a certain potty-training methods. All include tips and tricks for success, suggestions for dealing with setbacks, and products the author recommends. Some books focus exclusively on potty training boys or girls, while others offer gender-neutral suggestions.

Step stools

Step stools are made of either wood or plastic and offer one or more steps. Some stools can be folded up when not in use, while others have handles for added stability. 

Training Pants

Training pants offer more absorbency than regular underwear to help early potty trainers. While disposable training pants whisk wetness away from the skin much as a diaper does, cloth training pants allow a child to feel that he is wet – an important step in the potty training process.

Purchase Considerations

Some potty training purchases are best done with your little one. A child that is excited about a princess potty or one shaped like a baseball will likely be more interested in trying it out.

Flushable Wipes

Looks for wipes formulated without alcohol, as that ingredient can irritate the skin. To help your child develop independence, make sure that he can open the wipes container by himself. Also, make sure that the plumbing in your house can handle flushable wipes. If not, find an alternate disposal system.

Boy & Girl Potties

It’s important to select a potty that is the right size for your child. She should be able to sit down on it without assistance, with her bottom comfortably on the seat and her feet solidly on the floor or stool. When shopping, consider the size of the potty and where you will store it in your bathroom. Some potties come with a variety of bells and whistles, such as musical rewards, flushing sounds, toilet paper holders, book storage, and sticker dispensers. For some children, these features can be encouraging, while others may find them overwhelming. Also, keep in mind how easy the potty will be to empty and keep clean.

Potty Accessories

If you find your potty did not come with a desired feature, an add-on potty accessory may be able to fill the need.

Potty-Training Books

Before you buy a potty-training book, consider which potty training method fits best with your personality, your lifestyle, and your child’s age and temperament. From one-day potty training to slow-and-steady methods that take weeks or months, you can narrow down the selection by starting with an approach that seems to mesh with your family. Experts say that all the methods can work -- the trick is finding which one works for your child.

Step stools

First and foremost, ensure any step stool your child uses is stable enough to hold his weight. Look for a sturdy base, a wide step, and non-skid pads on the stool’s bottom. Also consider how easy the stool is to clean and where you’ll store it in the bathroom.

Training Pants

Since training pants are not as absorbent as a diaper, use them in conjunction with potty training rather than just alone. Many training pants are also not as adjustable as a diaper, so read sizing information carefully to ensure a good fit.  
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