We are officially potty training. While this is the first child I’ve potty trained, I’ve done a LOT of research on the subject. There is so much information floating around out there that it can be overwhelming to even know where to start. Since we aren’t fully potty trained yet, I won’t give you my “must have” advice on how to potty train your 6 month old in 11 hours since there seems to be a ton of posts like that everywhere. Each child is ready at a different time and trains at their own pace. I have found a few essentials though that have helped to make the potty training process easier and a little less messier for us.
BABYBJORN Potty Chair– This is the potty chair we are using for Levi. I tried a few time (unsucessfully) to train him on our potty and he seemed terrified. I know that some experts say to train directly on your potty, but I’m all about easing their fears and worries during this process as well.
Toddler Boys’ Paw Patrol Boy 3pk Training Pant
Again, another highly debated piece of ‘equipment’. These feel more natural to kids than other training pants, but still give protection to your furniture and flooring if there is an accident.
Digital Timer This may seem like an odd must have, but trust me- it’s a life saver. I set it for 15-30 minute intervals during the day so that I remember to take him to potty. If I don’t set this, I get busy and before I know it, 45 minutes have gone by and we’ve had an accident. This isn’t necessary to use for weeks, but just for the first few days when they are getting in the habit of using the potty.
Skittles Original Candy Levi LOVES Skittles, but we rarely give them to him. I keep a small bag of these near the potty and he gets 1 for sitting on the potty, 2 for number “1” and 3 for number “2”. A special treat of any kind will do the trick: small toys, candy, snacks, etc. Just make sure it’s a treat they don’t get to enjoy often.
Kandoo Kids Flushable Wipes I use these for not only cleaning the actual potty, but also for cleaning Levi. Sorry parents: you’ll still be wiping those little behinds for a bit longer!