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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

Pampers
$16.74 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

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 Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. Read More

Pampers
$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

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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Amy Butler
$15.90 at Walmart

Whether on the road or at home, help your child continue potty training routine consistently with the Kalencom - Potette Plus 2-in...-1 Portable Potty and Trainer. This portable potty training seat is great for travel or use anywhere there may not be convenient facilities. It comes with a pink contoured seat to offer comfort to your child. The strong well balanced base prevents your child from slipping off. You can fold the seat flat to fit in the diaper bag. This potty training toilet seat includes three super-absorbent, leak-proof, and easy to use disposable liners that can be discarded like a diaper. The disposable liners are lightly scented to absorb odors and they can hold up to five ounces of liquid. For children above 2 years and up to 50lbs, this potty seat can be easily converted to a folding trainer. Read More

My Carry Potty
$29.99 at Target

Potty training doesn't have to stop at home with the My Carry Potty. This lightweight potty has a built-in handle for easy transpo...rt. The potty is leak-proof and has a splash guard to keep everything inside without the need for disposable bags. Includes: PottyFeatures: Splash Guard, Built-in HandleCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With Soap and WaterManufacturer's Suggested Age: 18 Months and UpMaterial: PlasticProtective Qualities: Leak-ProofDimensions: 5.0 " H x 9.0 " W x 10.0 " D Weight: 1.5 Lb. Read More

Mommy's Helper
$29.99 at Babies R Us

Mommy's Helper Cushie Step Up Potty Seat Thickly cushioned for comfort and confidence. Designed to allow you to fold up and store ...most anywhere between uses! Extra Soft non-slip handles for comfort. Easy Assembly No Tools Needed. Fits standard and most elongated toilet seats. Extra Wide non-slip floor pads for security. Read More

Toys R Us
$8.29 $13.69 at Diapers.com

Ginsey Sesame Street Traveling/Folding Potty - Green Whether going for groceries or going to see grandma, make sure your toddler s...tays on track with our Folding Travel Potty Seat. Practical and portable, it easily collapses for discreet transport in a diaper bag or tote. Non-slip rubber padding and a locking mechanism ensure stability. A sanitary option for moms and dads on the go! ? Fits most standard and elongated toilets ? Polypropylene ? Wash with mild soap and water ? 11.75 in. x 14.25 in. x 1.25 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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Ginsey
$15.99 at Walmart

GZY1068 Features: Potty training rewards kit A progress chart and a potty training completion certificate to reward your child fo...r hitting goals Using the potty, washing up and flushing the toilet 18 piece set Perfect to motivate and reward Keep dry Includes: This kit includes 70 stickers Read More

Toys R Us
$1.99 at Babies R Us

These Toys'R'Us Toddler Wipes are just the thing to have on hand to keep your little one squeaky clean! Alcohol- and latex-free, t...he hypoallergenic wipes are gentle on the skin and contain aloe and vitamin E to soothe irritation. This 48-pack comes in a resealable package for your convenience. The Toys R Us Toddler Wipes - 48-Pack features Read More

Thirsties
$11.79 at Target

Thirsties Fab Wipes save the average household up to $500 over disposable baby wipes and put you in control of what touches your b...aby?s delicate skin. Textured cotton velour on one side provides assistance with bigger clean-ups, and super soft microfleece on the other takes care of lighter messes. These clever two-ply wipes work best when paired with Thirsties Booty Luster. Package Quantity: 6For Use On: Vaginal, Groin AreaHealth Concern: Personal HygieneHealth Facts: Anti-BacterialFeatures: ReusableScent: UnscentedMaterial: Cotton FiberProduct Warning: no warning applicable Read More

Summer Infant
$26.99 at Babies R Us

The Step-By-Step Potty Training System from Summer Infant helps to build confidence and encourages clean potty habits. Step 1 Pott...y trainer with soft seat for added comfort. Built-in toilet tissue and flushable wipes holder encourage positive grown-up behavior modeling. Step 2 Toilet topper for standard sized toilet use and step stool for easy access. Step 3 Second step stool for reaching the sink and Buddies hand wash for promoting hand washing and healthy habits. Summer Infant prides itself on being a company of moms, dads, aunts and uncles dedicated to making great baby care products for parents and children. The cornerstone of the company's product development and operational philosophy is open communication with its customers. Summer Infant develops and manufactures a range of baby and child care products in areas including child safety and convenience, nursery, baby bedding, baby gear and baby furniture. From baby monitors, baby bathtubs and baby booster seats to SwaddleMe blankets and the organic line, Nature's Purest, Summer Infant's stated goal and promise is "Delivering the best for you and your baby." Summer Infant believes that there are many special moments that occur from pregnancy through to toddlerhood and beyond and it tries to create products that help parents by alleviating everyday child and baby care worries to make the parenting experience more fulfilling. 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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Barron's Educational Series
$8.99 at Diapers.com

Little girls who are transitioning from the potty to the toilet (and the grown ups who are helping them) will love this cheerful, ...adorably illustrated book. Children will be gently led through the steps of using the toilet with the help of Queen Bella as she uses the big toilet for the first time?just like Mommy. And the best surprise? A built-in button that makes a flushing sound when pressed! Book Details: Format: Board Book Publication Date: 9/1/2013 Pages: 10 Reading Level: Age 2 and Up Author: Rose Inserra Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Dimensions: 7.5in length x 7.5in width x 1in height Weight: 12.2 oz Read More

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
$7.99 at Babyhaven.com

Their procedures or methods are based on different approaches to teaching. The key considerations are: potty training has to be a ...pleasant experience for the child. Do not attempt potty training until your child is physically ready and is free of medical problems. The child has to be relaxed on the potty; so that the sphincter muscles will relax and enable elimination. Read More

Publication International
$10.95 at Diapers.com

The Once Upon a Potty Sound Book for Boys invites toddlers to join Joshua as he learns how to use the potty. Adapted from a story ...by children s author and illustrator Alona Frankel, the interactive sound book begins with Joshua receiving his own potty chair from his grandmother. Although he doesn t know how to use it at first, Joshua eventually learns to go in the potty every time. Toddlers will enjoy pressing the book s four big, bright sound buttons that match the illustrated icons in the text to hear: A triumphant tune to mark Joshua s success on the potty. Meows from Joshua s cat as it enjoys a bowl of milk. Tweeting birds taking a bath. The rewarding flush of a toilet as Joshua says goodbye to his Wee-Wee and Poo-Poo. The buttons and musical speaker are located on a large plastic panel anchored on the book. The buttons are accessible from every page. Extra-thick, coated pages prevent rips and tears. Three replaceable long-life AG-13 button cell batteries that power the book are included. The Once Upon a Potty Sound Book for Boys conforms to the safety requirements of ASTM F963-08. The book has been safety tested for children 18 months and older. Book Details: Format: Board Book Publication Date: 6/15/2010 Pages: 8 Reading Level: Age 2 and Up Author: Editors of Publications International Publisher: Publications International Dimensions: 7.5in length x 6.9in width x 0.4in height Weight: 7.2oz. Read More

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

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

Ginsey
$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

Kids Only
$9.99 at Babies R Us

The Kids Only Step Stool is the perfect handy helper for your child, with their favorite character along to assist! Perfect as a s...eat or a stool, this Classic Step Stool features rubber feet to protect floor surfaces and a slip resistant top. Colorful character graphics. Plastic surface wipes clean with just a damp cloth! Product dimensions 15.38"l x 8.0"h x 11.75"d and recommended weight limit 100 lbs. For ages 3-7 years. Read More

Mommy's Helper
$29.99 at Babies R Us

Mommy's Helper Cushie Step Up Potty Seat Thickly cushioned for comfort and confidence. Designed to allow you to fold up and store ...most anywhere between uses! Extra Soft non-slip handles for comfort. Easy Assembly No Tools Needed. Fits standard and most elongated toilet seats. Extra Wide non-slip floor pads for security. 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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Mom Innovations
$23.74 at Walmart

MOM1009 Features: Has two sets of snaps, so they are adjustable to fit as needed Ideal for nap time and night time potty training... For hygiene and sanitary reasons, we CANNOT ACCEPT returns on OPENED UNDERWEAR, POTTY SEATS, POTTY CHAIRS etc. Please DO NOT ship back OPENED or USED potty or bath tub items back to us as we will not give credit on these items. Read More

Kimberly-Clark
$14.97 at Walmart

White Cloud Boys' Training Pants: Wheels fade when wet Easy open sides--no more tearing Leak guards to help stop leaks Soft stret...ch breathable sides Looks and feels like real underwear Available sizes: Size 2T-3T (52 count) up to 34 lbs. Size 3T-4T (46 count) for 32-40 lbs. Size 4T-5T (38 count) for 38+ lbs. Read More

Kimberly-Clark
$19.97 at Walmart

The White Cloud Girls' Training Pants are an ideal choice for little ones who are in the process of potty training. They go on and... feel like real underwear, allowing kids to get themselves dressed and learn independent bathroom usage. Leak guards keep children clean and dry while easy-open sides make them easy to change. This 62-count box of White Cloud training pants fits sizes 3T-4T. Read More

Kimberly-Clark
$6.97 at Walmart

White Cloud Girls' Training Pants: Hearts fade when wet Easy open sides--no more tearing Leak guards to help stop leaks Soft stre...tch breathable sides Looks and feels like real underwear Available sizes: Size 2T-3T (24 count) up to 34 lbs., Size 3T-4T (21 count) for 32-40 lbs., Size 4T-5T (17 count) for 38+ lbs. Read More

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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