Potty Training Aids
There are many potty training aids that will help make the process of potty training your child easier. Here's an overview of the most important aids and how they help:
A good place to start with products to help with potty training is the potty itself. Imagine that! When it comes to shopping for potties, above all remember: the more your child likes it, the more they will use it. Other than that, there really are not rules for shopping for a potty. Some will be more elaborate than others. A typical potty will cost anywhere from $8-$30. As mentioned in the pre-training page, you need to pick a potty that involves you and your child’s personal comfort level.
Keep in mind, that you want a potty that is easy to use. You and your child should be able to lift it so that the waste disposal process becomes a part of the routine. Here are a few potties to consider:
- www.baby-wise.com. It works well because your child can see what goes in and can easily empty his business into the big toilet when he is ready to do so. It retails under $10 and can be taken anywhere. It is good if you are frequently visiting with relatives because a child will most likely be more comfortable using his own potty rather than a stranger’s. Baby Bjorn Little Potty. If it’s an inexpensive, mobile potty you are looking for, something like this will work perfectly. It's available at
- www.amazon.com. This one is helpful because it is simply placed on the regular toilet and you don’t have to bother with transferring the waste product from one potty to another. Ginsey Dora the Explorer Soft Potty. If it’s simplicity you are looking for in a potty, this is something like this might strike your fancy: it can be found at
- Other Options. A good potty can be found at any Target, Wal-Mart, or K-Mart in your area. Also, BabiesRus.com, BabyAge, BabyAnt, and BabyBox all have basic first potty training seats. Take some time to browse these sites to find the perfect potty for your child.
The Step Stool
Aside from the potty, the step stool will probably be the second most helpful product you can buy. Children aren’t tall enough at this age to be able to sit on the toilet and have their feet touch the floor. Children also need help reaching the sink, and the stool will allow them to do both. A stool is cheap and can be purchased wherever home, bath, or kitchen products are sold. Examples are Wal-Mart, Target, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and Linens and Things, among others.
Books and Videos
These are helpful because they let kids see exactly what they are supposed to do. They let children watch the process. If you can use bedtime stories about potty training, your child will understand more quickly. Children look up to and enjoy books with characters of their own gender. There are excellent potty training books out there, all of which can be found at Amazon.com. Examples include:
- The Princess and the Potty by Wendy Lewison. 40 pages, $6.99.
- Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi. 27 pages, $12.95.
- Once Upon A Potty books by Alona Frankel. This book has two versions: one for boys and one for girls. 48 pages, $5.99.
At this stage in your child’s development, learning to use the potty can be easier if there are items to feel and touch. Dolls help simply because they are something to hold while sitting on the potty or even before the pre-training begins. Potty training dolls come with bottles. Your child can feed the doll and then watch as the waste comes out of the doll in the same place where waste would come from him or herself. Dolls range in price from $10-$50. Sometimes accessories are optional. Here is a good site to begin your shopping: www.pottytrainingconcepts.com.
Stickers, Sticker Books, and Reward Charts
Stickers are cheap and concrete markers of your child’s success in each step of the process. Your child will enjoy working to earn stickers along the way. Reward charts help you stay organized with your child’s progress and can help you realize when it is time to move to the next stage or when you need to hang back and wait for your child to catch up. Remember that stickers come second to solid praise when it comes to rewarding children for their efforts. Click here for an example potty training chart.
These products can aid in potty training your child. Now, let's cover some tips to help with children that are resistant to potty training.