What equipment you will need

You think you’re ready?  Before you start, check you have all the essential potty training equipment…

Potty seat
It makes sense to start with a small toilet and work up to the big one!   A potty chair is great for beginners – you can leave it in the room he spends most of his time in and if necessary transport it around the home for easy access and ‘readiness’ and gives ownership to the toddler of their own special toilet.  Many people swear by the more substantial potty chair or ‘throne’ which has a back and gives a child a bit more security.  Whatever style you opt for, try and buy a potty that you think he will be proud to call his own, then give it to him as a present.  If he wants to personalise it, provide some stickers or pens.  For boys, a potty with a higher wee shield at the front can be advantageous!

Our training equipment blog is full of advice on what to look for and options available to you.  If you want a recommendation we suggest the bestselling Froggy Potty or the more substantial BabyBjorn Potty Chair.

Toilet Training seat
Sooner or later your boy will want your boy to start using the toilet instead or as well as his potty chair.  You will need a toilet training seat to help them here, or you may be pulling your boy out of the loo!  If you have several bathrooms that are likely to be used then you will probably need a seat for each one.  There are all sorts of toilet training seats – plain ones, seats with handles, Disney branded and so on.  Just make sure that your potty seat will fit a regular toilet and is a good secure fit – a wobbly seat will scare your toddler and put him off. There are loads to choose from but if you want a high quality seat try the BabyBjorn Toilet Trainer or for a high tech solution check out the new Prince Lionheart Weepod

Step up stool
Its simple – kids are short!  They cannot reach the sink to wash hands, and they will not be able to get off the toilet seat without some sort of step.  And you don’t want to have to lift them up and down for every wee or poo for the next few years.  Yes, at first you will probably have to lift your boy on and off a toilet training seat if he’s not using a potty, but you will want to start progressing him to the toilet seat as soon as possible, especially for poos.  If you haven’t got these already we suggest you buy a few.  They will be useful for years to come and double up as good emergency kid seats.

See a selection of the options here. One of our favourite step up stools is the Hoppop Monti Step Stool. For a cheaper option look at the Tippitoes Step up Stool

Children need reasons to help get motivated just like us adults.  This can take many forms and varies widely depending on your parenting style and your child.  It might be that you use straightforward bribery with chocolate buttons, a small gift or a trip; it might be that you use a sticker or star chart.  There are lots of off-the-shelf reward systems you can buy to help or you can adopt your own approach.  This article in our equipment blog covers a range of the options.

Reading & Learning materials
We suggest before you start you read up as much as possible about potty training your boy.  There are a whole raft of books which go into more detail than this website and that propose specific techniques for effective toilet training. The most popular book on potty training is Potty Training In One Week. We would recommned getting Gina Ford’s full text The New Contented Little Baby Book. If you want a book tailored to boys we also recommend Potty Training Boys. You can see more options in our Bookstore.

There are lots of great books for children to introduce the idea and make the whole thing fun. Get a few to read at night before you start and it should give your boy reference points and make the process easier for them to understand. The carousel below features some of the best books for kids to read and for parents to read to their kids in preparation and during the process of potty training.

Training pants and pull-ups
When you are ready for this stage you will need some ‘big boy pants’.  With our boy it was a key part of him understanding that things were going to be different now.  We suggest you only make the change when you are ready to follow through with potty training, as swapping between pants and nappies is confusing and can slow progress.  However, ‘big boy pants’ can be both pants and pull-ups (nappies that go on like pants), and seeing as you will still need to put your boy into something more substantial than cotton pants at night for a while, we suggest you use pull-ups and ditch the nappies at this point.  That way, you can be consistent at least in terms of the action required to put on and take off pants from now on.

See our training equipment blog for more pants and for more reviews and deals on all the essential potty training equipment.

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