While it may not seem it at the time, toilet training is actually highly rewarding as a parent. It is a time of transition and a signal of growing independence. Plus can I hear you cheering at all the money you will save in nappy costs?! But as rewarding as it is, it can also be a very challenging and stressful time.
Before you even get started, make sure you are set up and ready to go, because once you start you really don’t want to look back! These are the seven toilet training essentials you need to start toilet training the right way.
Nerves of steel
You’ve got this. It may not seem like it at the time, but you will eventually succeed at toilet training your child. In the meantime you really do need a tonne of patience and nerves of steel. The temptation is real to throw your hands in the air, resigning yourself to a lifetime of changing nappies. It won’t happen over night (and in fact, night time training may still be a way off) but it will happen.
Potty or toilet seat?
The potty vs toilet seat debate is a hot one. Personally, I didn’t like the idea of having to clean the potty and as my daughter was using the toilet at daycare I decided to keep it simple and consistent. Potty supporters like that it is easy for kids to sit on and can be moved around the house for quick access. The Ubbi 3-in-1 Potty* is what we ended up using. It can be used as a potty if you choose and also separates into a toilet seat and step for when you graduate to using the toilet. Go with what works for you and your child.
Before you make a start on toilet training do some reading on the subject. Whether it is via blogs or you prefer a book, knowledge is power and especially when it comes to how to toilet train. Book Depository has a great collection of toilet training books* with books you can read with your child, guides on how to toilet train and books on specific toilet training concerns such as toilet training and Autism.
Undies (and lots of them)
While it may be tempting to buy cute undies as an enticement for your child to toilet train, buyer beware! I didn’t have the stomach for cleaning number two accidents out of undies so was watching $10+ a week going in the bin. I very quickly made the trip to Big W and purchased a bulk pack of 10 undies for $10. I had no qualms about throwing them in the bin if need be and could save the cute undies as a reward for when she was accident free.
Speaking of rewards, stock up! Obviously what you use will depend on your child but I find stickers work with most kids. If you want some extra special stickers, check out the range at Pipsticks*. There are some seriously cool stickers there! One mistake I also made was to stop cheering and getting excited when my daughter started making it to the toilet on time. Subsequently she lost interest and the accidents started again. A little “hooray” and a high five can go a long way to encouraging the right habits.
Stock up on paper towel and floor cleaner because you are going to need it. Keep the paper towel, your spray cleaner and a few plastic bags on hand in the main areas of the house where accidents happen (most likely just outside the toilet door and in the living space). While you are out and about, baby wipes and plastic bags are essential and also a few pairs of disposable plastic gloves for dealing with any number twos.
You will likely not progress to night time toilet training immediately but Brolly Sheets* are a fabulous product for saving your sanity at night. They also make a waterproof car seat liner which will save you from needing to wash the car seat if your little one is prone to accidents while in the car.
Go forth and toilet train! Your nappy-free days are within reach.
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