So I’ve decided to go ahead and potty train baby K at 23 months. The popular response to this is “but he’s still too young” and “do you think he’s ready?” my reply is I’m hoping the fact that he’s still young will make it easier and when will he ever really be ready, the only thing he knows is pooping in a nappy. I may be being a little bit naive, but you know what I’ve decided that this bank holiday weekend is going to be spent potty training (don’t be jealous now) and by the end of the week we’re going to have made some form of progress, she says!
In preparation for my long weekend of poop, pee and tantrums I’ve purchased the following potty training essentials, and please feel free to mention anything that I’ve missed out as I am a potty training amateur!
1. Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki
I was sent this book as a pdf by one of the mummies we know through our swimming classes, she used it with her little one who is in fact a month younger than baby K and it seemed to work well for her. I still haven’t finished the whole book, mainly because I can only really read it on the commute in to work but I have to say the author adds a funny twist on to the topic of pooping and pee. I don’t expect all of what is mentioned to work but there are a few points in the book which make sense such as using the first day of potty training as a ‘naked day’ so you can spot your little ones tell tale signs of wanting to go loo. I would say as with any potty training book to take it all as a guideline and adjust it to what you think makes sense and works best for you as I’ll soon be finding out!
2. Lilla Potty, IKEA
After looking at the abundance of potty’s ranging from £2 to £20+ I decided to purchase the IKEA potty. I had no clue about the fact that some potty’s are slightly more suitable for boys because they’re more spacious and for £2 the IKEA potty seems to be roomy enough for my little mans ‘bits’ at a price you can’t really complain about. It seems to have a good grip on the bottom which will help keeping it in place rather than sliding out from under baby K’s bum.
3. Mamia Toddler Toilet Wipes, Aldi
I’ve used Aldi nappies and wipes since baby K was a couple of months old and I have to say I prefer them to higher brand nappies and wipes. So when I saw the toddler toilet wipes I had to grab a couple, ready for all the pooping and peeing that awaits me!
4. Koo-di Wetec Seat Protector
We probably won’t be venturing any where too far within the first five days, my plan to venture out is in to the garden, but I can’t be staying indoors for longer than that. To keep accident as contained as possible I purchased the Koo-di Seat Protector which can be used on baby K’s car seat and buggy in case of any accidents once we eventually get brave enough to face the world nappy free!
5. Potette Plus Travel Potty and Bags
The Potette Plus potty seems to be designed to be practical and discreet when potty training on the go. It comes with it’s own bag which it is stored in when not being used, has a non-slip base, and comes with three disposable liners which you put in to the potty ready to be used and then thrown away. You obviously need extra liners which you can purchase separately at £10.25 for a pack of 30 which is a bit pricey, but if it makes life a little easier then I’m for it. You can also use it as a toilet trainer seat if your little one prefers to sit on the loo, which is great for keeping their little bums off of public toilet seats.
6. Silentnight Quilted Waterproof Cot Bed Mattress Protector
My plan is to bite the bullet and try to tackle both day and night potty training in one go, is that a disaster waiting to happen we’ll see. So to prepare for night time accidents I’ve purchased the Silentnight Waterproof Protectors to save baby K’s mattress from ruin.
7. Cheap Clothes
I’ll be stocking up on cheap tracksuit bottoms and boxer shorts from Primark, if we do have accidents when out, which we more than likely will, at least I won’t be too bothered about throwing the clothes in the bin if it’s a complete poo fest!
8. Dettol Anti-Bacterial Wipes
I have stocked up on loads and loads of Dettol anti-bacterial wipes, ready and armed for any accidents that come my way, luckily we have parquet flooring so he shouldn’t cause too much damage.
9. Step Stool
Great for allowing baby K to reach the sink to wash his hands after he has done his business
on the floor in his potty.
So wish me luck on my fun-filled potty training bank holiday weekend, and my follow up post as to whether or not it was all in fact a success or a pile of poop will get posted soon!
What did you find useful on your potty training journey, apart from chocolate, ice cream and wine!
A little note – I have not been approached by any of the brands mentioned nor received any compensation. I have purchased all items myself in the hopes that they’ll help with the dreaded potty training!