Potty Training has got to be the worst part of parenting. It's frustrating and can be really gross at times. You may end up with a kid that potty trains on their own or in three days, but my kids were not in that category. So these are some of the things that helped us with our success. From potty seats to books and shows, these are some things that made my life easier during potty training.
Potty Training Essentials
Adult / Child Toilet Seat – We bought one of these seats when my first child started potty training and it has been the best investment, by far, for potty training. Even when your kids are grown and children are visiting the house, it's nice that they can use it. Bemis is the brand we bought from Home Depot, it had sturdy steel brackets.
Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus– I know this seems a little silly but when you live in rural areas and there are long distances where there are no bathrooms and your little one has to go right then and there, this is the BEST thing to have in your car! It pops into a tiny potty with liners that absorb everything. The liners are eco-friendly too! It comes with a carrying case so you can place it in your bag and bring it into public bathrooms where the seat is elongated and tends to be harder to stay on top of. Plus you kids have to grab the seat to hold on, EW! This seat has handles for them to grab, it's their own personal seat. I LOVE this thing. As much as someone can love a potty training device.
Potty Training Seat – If you are planning on trying the3 day method where you hang out in a non-carpeted room for three days trying to nail down this potty thing, get a good sturdy training potty. One that can handle bouncing toddlers.Having a bucket of pee knock onto your carpet is pretty lame! You can also use it in their room if you don't think they will make it to the bathroom.
Must Watch Episodes to Help with Potty Training
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Season 2 Episode 1: Goes to the Potty – Prince Wednesday is in the block corner at school building the ‘tallest tower in the world!' You'll learn the best potty song, “If you have to go potty, stop and go right away! Flush and wash and be on your way!”
Sesame Street: Elmo's Potty Time – Create a positive potty time experience for your child with Elmo, Baby Bear, Grover, and other Sesame Street friends with Elmo's Potty Time!
Peg + Cat The Potty Problem/The Butter Problem – Season 3, Episode 4 From PBS KIDS – The Potty Problem: Peg and Cat must teach Big Mouth the 6 steps for going to the potty, or his visit to Viv's house will be ruined – as will Viv's carpet! The Butter Problem: To compete in a butter sculpting contest, Peg and Cat must learn certain math skills by doing farm chores.
Great Potting Training Books
Everyone Poops – “Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi is part biology textbook, part sociological treatise and all celebration of a very natural process. Both my daughters begged me to read the book over and over again. They marveled at the enormity of the elephant`s poop and searched with the skill of a scientist for the tiny specks which represent bug poop. The text is simple and straightforward but not without humor.
It's You and Me Against the Pee… and the Poop too! – Meet Stanley… …an energetic three-year-old who has not quite mastered using the potty. Stanley is way too busy playing to stop having fun. He would rather hop, skip and wiggle than get the job done. Then Stanley learns a new game called You and Me Against the PEE…and Me and You Against the POOP! Armed with a powerful secret for potty-training success and eager to play, Stanley proudly transforms into a Potty Expert. This fun and colorfully illustrated book will turn all kids into Potty Experts while providing grown-ups with an important reminder that potty learning can and should be a team effort.
Potty (Leslie Patricelli board books) – 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 possible option, and the question must be raised: “Should I go in my potty?”
With pitch-perfect humor and pacing, Leslie Patricelli follows the inner dialogue (sure to have little ones shouting responses) and hilarious actions of everyone’s favorite Baby, winding up with an over-the-top look of surprise and delight that will have both parents and offspring laughing out loud–“I did it!”
P is for Potty! (Sesame Street) (Lift-the-Flap) – Sesame Street‘s Elmo tells little girls and boys ages 1 to 3 all about how to use the potty in this sturdy lift-the-flap board book with more than 30 flaps. It's the perfect mix of fun and learning for potty-training toddlers–especially as they practice sitting on the potty!
Daniel Goes to the Potty (Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood) – A perfect new potty-training book for Daniel Tiger fans—push the button and hear the potty flush!
Daniel and his dad are at Music Man Stan’s music shop when Daniel has to go to the potty. Will he have to wait until he gets home to use the bathroom? In this adaptation of a popular episode, Daniel learns that there are bathrooms in lots of places and that he can use the bathroom in the shop or anywhere else in the neighborhood. So remember: when you have to go potty, stop and go right away! This adorable book, with a button for kids to press to make the potty’s “flush” sound, is sure to be a hit with Daniel Tiger’s youngest fans!
Potty Training Books for Girls
The Princess and the Potty – Vivid watercolors capture the hilarity as a pair of royal parents try everything they can to get a stubborn little princess to renounce diapers and use the potty, efforts that seem hopeless until the princess offers a solution. For children under four. This is one of our favorites and gets girls excited about buying big girl panties.
In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. Thirty-two years later, Once Upon a Potty — Boy and Once Upon a Potty — Girl are the classic books on potty training and have sold more than four million copies worldwide. These children's books help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often vexing challenge for the whole family.
Thanks to their timeless words and beloved images, Once Upon a Potty — Boy and Once Upon a Potty — Girl are being discovered and used by a new generation of parents. These two books, with their phenomenal staying power, target and meet the needs of an obviously perpetual market.
Potty Book for Girls, The (Hannah & Henry Series) – Every little girl's graduation from diapers to the potty is always a very important moment–and one to make both parents and toddlers proud! In The Potty Book, Hannah needs to have her diapers changed so she can go out and play. Then mom and dad bring home a big box, and Hannah is anxious to open it up and see what's inside. Is it a rocking chair? A bed for Teddy? No, it's a potty–which means that it's time for Hannah to graduate from her diapers. This gentle and humorous little story is charmingly illustrated and told in verse. Little girls will enjoy looking at the pictures and having the story read to them. Meanwhile, they'll start getting the idea that it's time for them to grow up, exactly like Hannah. So that at last, they'll be able to say–“I'm off the potty!”
Princess Potty – A princess-themed, toilet-training 8×8 that is fit for the Royal Highness in your life!
Every princess needs her throne and this 8×8 with a perfed tiara with reward stickers is perfect for the little princess learning to use the potty for the first time!
With a helpful, step-by-step story that introduces girls to the concept of toilet training, Princess Potty is a royal lesson that everyone needs to learn.
Big Girl Panties – Big Girl Panties! features a light, positive approach to motivate toddlers to become toilet trained. What could be more rewarding for a little girl than wearing big girl panties, just like mommy? Adult caregivers and toddlers alike will love the snappy, rhyming text and colorful, hip illustrations. Valeria Petrone's stylized artwork ensures that this commercial yet heartwarming book will have a special place on little girls' favorite bookshelves. Soon they'll all be saying, “Bye, bye diapers!”
Potty Training Books for Boys
Once Upon a Potty — Boy – Same as the girl version listed above, but for boys. This is the original story that Alona Frankel wrote for her son.
The Potty Book: For Boys – Every little boy's graduation from diapers to the potty is always a very important moment–and one to make both parents and toddlers proud! In The Potty Book, Henry needs to have his diapers changed so he can go out and play. Then mom and dad bring home a big box, and Henry is anxious to open it up and see what's inside. Is it a rocking chair? A bed for Teddy? No, it's a potty–which means that it's time for Henry to graduate from his diapers. This gentle and humorous little story is charmingly illustrated and told in verse. Little boys will enjoy looking at the pictures and having the story read to them. Meanwhile, they'll start getting the idea that it's time for them to grow up, exactly like Henry. So that at last, they'll be able to say–“I'm off the potty!”
Pirate Potty – A pirate-themed, toilet-training 8×8 that is fit for the littleswashbuckler in your life!
Every pirate needs his captain's chair and this 8×8 with a perferated captain's hat and reward stickers is perfect for the little pirate learning to use the potty for the first time!
With a helpful, step-by-step story that introduces boys to the concept of toilet training, Pirate Potty is an adventurous lesson that everyone needs to learn.
FREE Potty Training Reward Charts
Pick up a Mini Motivational Sticker Book so that your little one can celebrate their success. You can find them at the Dollar Store in the Teacher / School supply section.
This is the awesome potty chart we used from It's Hue I Love
The Princess Success Chart from Really, Are You Serious?
A days of the week potty chart from Fancy Shanty
I hope these tips and products can help you on your potty training journey. I wish you all the best of luck!