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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.

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.

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.

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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Walmart
$3.96 $5.94 at Walmart

A new toddler title charts a crucial achievement. There comes a point in a toddler's life when going in one's diaper is only one p...ossible option, and the question must be raised: Should I go in my potty? With pitch-perfect humor and pacing, Leslie... Read More

Walmart
$5.95 at Walmart

A little girl receives her own potty, and in spite of accidents, she makes her mom and dad proud when she no longer has to wear di...apers. Read More

Walmart.com
$37.97 at Walmart.com

Potty training is easier with My Fun Potty, a 3-stage potty training system that grows with your child. Children can personalize t...he free-standing potty with included stickers. As your child grows, the training seat is removable for use on a standard sized toilet. The lid closes to create a stepstool that can be used to reach either the toilet or bathroom sink, promoting good hand washing habits. The Potty Train is coming! All aboard! Time to say good-bye to diapers and take the journey to Underpants Station Are you ready? Let's chug away on the Potty Train! It's Time to GO! Half the battle of toilet training is reminding the child when it is time to go to the potty. The Potty Watch does the reminding so that you don't have to! Just set the timer for 30, 60, or 90 minutes and colorful lights and fun music remind the child when it's time to go at regular intervals all day long. For ages 18 mos. and up. Read More

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$22.97 at Walmart.com

Lil Loo Potty is perfect for your potty training toddler. The stylish, comfortable potty blends with your existing bathroom decor.... An easy to remove pot and high splash guard for boys make clean up quick and simple. The high back seat provides additional comfort and support for your little one. Comes with A Potty For Me! Book by Karen Katz 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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Sprogs
$111.88 at School Outfitters

Sprogs' Wooden Step Stool offers a safe, sturdy option to help little ones wash their hands or reach a changing table. This stool ...is made entirely of Baltic Birch plywood and features a durable, water-resistant UV finish. Slip-resistant strips on each step help prevent falls, and smooth, rounded edges make it a safe choice for your preschool or daycare. The handles at the top allow you to move the stool easily around your classroom. Ships assembled. Read More

KidKraft
$33.49 at Target

Find Step Stools And Ladders at Target.com! The 2-step KidKraft Step 'n Store stool is designed for kids. Its top step lifts open ...to offer storage space. This Step 'n Store stool has a low center of gravity that prevents it from tipping over. The top step has slow-close hinges to protect your little one's fingers. This sturdy kids' wooden step stool has cutouts on the sides to easily lift and store it after use. This stool requires simple assembly. Color: Red. Gender: Unisex. Read More

Guidecraft
$105.99 at Target

Find Step Stools And Ladders at Target.com! Kids love to see what's going on up there and the independence they'll gain from the G...uidecraft High Rise Step Up in espresso will help them feel like they're a part of things. Great for the bedroom, kitchen or bathroom, this step stool gives kids a helpful boost while helping to prevent falls with built-in hand-holds, side panels and non-slip stair treads. Whether it's helping mom or dad in the kitchen or brushing teeth at bedtime, this step up will help kids learn and participate in places where a little extra height is needed. Sturdy hardwood construction in a beautiful espresso finish makes this step up a lovely... Color: Brown. Read More

Teamson
$49.00 at Target

Find Step Stools And Ladders at Target.com! Looking for a product that offers multiple uses for tight living quarters? Teamson???s... multi-purpose Step stool fits the bill with its 2 way functionality. Turn the item one way to have your child use as a step stool, flip it just another way and it turns into a chair.The possibilities are endless with this high quality, uniquely designed product. Featuring a natural wood look, and crafted from durable wood, this product will serve your needs for ages to come. Perfect for ages 3 and up. Color: Natural. 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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up & up
$17.49 at Target

Find Disposable Diapers at Target.com! When you and your child are ready to start potty training it is a big deal. Make potty time... fun and easy with up & up training pants. Up & up training pants are designed for boys and girls and feature colorful, playful designs and fade away graphics so your little one has a sign when it is time to change. The easy open sides make putting on and quickly removing up & up training pants as simple as 1-2-3. Designed with comfort in mind, up & up training pants have a front and back stretch waistband and comfy stretch sides for a discreet fit. The super-absorbent system helps protect against day and nighttime leaks just in... Size: Size 3T/4T (52 Count). Color: Multi-Colored. Gender: Female. Read More

Huggies
$24.99 $25.99 at Target

Find Disposable Diapers at Target.com! Make potty training a little easier with Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants with Learning Desi...gns. Made specially for girls, these Pull-Ups offer protection where your little one needs it most while fading patterns to alert you to wetness. Stretchy sides allow your child to pull her pants on and off just like big girl underwear. Decorated with your child's favorite Disney characters for extra fun. Comes with 66 training pants sized for Girls 3T-4T (32-40 lbs). Size: Size 3T/4T (66 Count). Color: Multi-Colored. Gender: Female. Read More

Huggies
$24.99 at Target

Find Disposable Diapers at Target.com! Make potty training a little easier with Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants with Learning Desi...gns. Made specially for girls, these Pull-Ups offer protection where your little one needs it most while fading patterns to alert you to wetness. Stretchy sides allow your child to pull her pants on and off just like big girl underwear. Decorated with your child's favorite Disney characters for extra fun. Comes with 66 training pants sized for Girls 3T-4T (32-40 lbs). Size: Size 4T/5T (56 Count). Color: Multi-Colored. Gender: Female. Read More

up & up
$17.49 at Target

Find Disposable Diapers at Target.com! When you and your child are ready to start potty training it is a big deal. Make potty time... fun and easy with up & up training pants. Up & up training pants are designed for boys and girls and feature colorful, playful designs and fade away graphics so your little one has a sign when it is time to change. The easy open sides make putting on and quickly removing up & up training pants as simple as 1-2-3. Designed with comfort in mind, up & up training pants have a front and back stretch waistband and comfy stretch sides for a discreet fit. The super-absorbent system helps protect against day and nighttime leaks just in... Size: Size 4T/5T (44 Count). Color: Multi-Colored. Gender: Female. 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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