When it comes to toilet training, there are a lot of different ideas about how to go about transitioning your toddler from diapers to potty. But regardless of whether you go with the bare-bum-3-day-weekend-horror method (which works surprisingly well) or take a more gradual approach to things, you’re going to need a few supplies to make it through the training period.
First of all, you’ll need a place for your toddler to do their, ahm, business. An adult toilet is often too high and too large for a toddler. They may feel off balance and anxious about slipping off or falling in. Since the key to potty-training success is child confidence and security, you’ll have to invest in either a small potty that rests on the floor or at least a smaller seat that you can place on the big toilet.
When it comes to efficiency and convenience, we recommend a 3 in 1 potty system. These systems offer you a small, contained potty for when your toddler is learning and small. When they’ve gained confidence and balance, you can transform the potty into a smaller seat that fits onto your normal toilet and a handy little stepping stool. Your toddler can use the stepping stool to help them sit comfortably on the toilet and to reach the sink for hand washing.
If you have less space or want to jump straight to using the grown-up toilet, you may prefer a toilet trainer. This comfortable, smaller seat fits onto most adult-sized toilets and offers a pee-guard so that pee actually ends up in the toilet rather than on the floor. You may want to invest in a step-stool as well, as it will offer your toddler more confidence and safety when using the toilet and washing their hands.
These thick cloth underpants are sort of a cloth-diaper and regular underwear hybrid. Training pants are not nearly as absorbent as cloth diapers, but they are much more absorbent than regular underwear. They’re specifically designed for that stage when your toddler pees a little before realizing they need to run for the potty or otherwise has small accidents. They’ll absorb small to moderate amounts of urine, but unlike pull-ups, they also keep your toddler feeling wet and uncomfortable. This way your toddler will associate peeing their pants with being uncomfortable. With good fortune, you should only need to change these training pants when accidents happen instead of their whole outfit. But, since they aren’t diapers, and they aren’t designed to hold an entire pee or more, it’s still a good idea to pack an extra pair of leggings or pants.
Potty training can be both an exciting and frustrating time for parents and their young children. It’s amazing how fast they’re growing up, but the transition from diaper-wearing toddler to big-kid can be a little sad for parents even as your child is celebrating their new accomplishments. If you want to make this transition as easy and stress-free as possible, you’ll need the right gear to help your toddler accomplish their goals. Contact Cajinka today to get the inside scoop on all the best baby and toddler tools.