Helping a child learn to use the potty or toilet is a big and very exciting step for parents. If you stay positive and calm, your child is more likely to learn things faster. The secret is to wait for signs that your child is ready for toilet training.
A big secret to potty training is making sure you are equipped with all the essential supplies before you begin. So, we have listed below the products you need to stock before you start with the process of a new milestone:
- Potty Chair: These stand-alone potties are the perfect size for little learners and are available in a variety of colors and familiar cartoon characters. A kid-size potty will be easier for your tot to use than a traditional toilet, and it can be moved around the house if required.
- Seat Reducer: Smaller and less expensive than a potty chair, a seat reducer (or potty seat) is kept on the top of a traditional toilet seat and reduces it to a child-friendly size. Most have colorful designs and a padded cushion for added comfort. Most seat reducers have handles for easy removal and storage, so that it does not occupy one of your toilets.
- Stool: A small plastic or wooden stool will help your child get up onto a seat reducer and sit on the toilet. It will also give your child a sense of safety and stability, and can help get her in the right position for using the bathroom. A stool is also handy for boosting kids up to the sink and faucet level to wash their hands.
- Toilet Paper/Flushable Wipes: Pick up a pack or two of flushable wipes, which are similar to baby wipes but disintegrate more easily and are safer for plumbing. These wet wipes are softer than toilet tissue and more familiar to your child, and they make cleanup faster.
- Kid-Friendly Hand Soap: Potty training involves teaching good hygiene, so choose (or have your child help pick out) a hand soap that will encourage post-potty hand washing. Instead of regular bar or liquid soap, consider stocking up on foaming soap.
Before starting with the process, always remember that every child is different. Your child’s toilet training experience should be positive. If it becomes a struggle or a battle, it is best to ease up or stop for a while.
Although you may be ready for toilet training, your child may not be. Hence, “patience” is the key here if you want to succeed in the process.
Start with these necessities to prepare for and build your child’s interest in potty training.