Eco-friendly Potty Training Gear

After Joy’s recent posts about The History of Potty Training in America and Training Pants for Babies and Toddlers, I’m sure you’re left wondering, “What’s new in eco-friendly potty training gear?” Well, we’re here to satisfy your curiosity.

Safety 1st Nature Next 3-in-1 Potty


According to the product description: The Safety 1st Nature Next potty is made of 50% bio-plastic in a zero landfill factory. Besides being eco-friendly, it’s also one of the most versatile potties available: a potty, trainer seat, and step stool, all in 1. Removable bowl for easy cleanup.

TrendyKid becoPotty


  • Made from natural plant fibers
  • Ethical manufacturing
  • Biodegradable
  • High back offers extra support
  • Large splashguard helps keep potty training hygienic
  • (more…)

Infant Potty Training–Has Anyone Tried It?

I first encountered diaper-free kids on a trip to China, where I witnessed little ones running around in split pants.  “How do parents know that they have to go?” I asked.  “Oh, they just know,” I kept hearing.  When I returned home I checked out a couple books on the subject.  Here are a few titles I found on Amazon:

Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living by Laurie Boucke

Infant Potty Basics: With or Without Diapers– The Natural Way by Laurie Boucke

The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative by Christine Gross-loh

So how do parents know when their babies have to go?  They observe their children for signals and use cues  to help their babies go on a little potty rather than in a diaper.  After reading one of Laurie Boucke’s books, I vowed that one day I, too, would raise my baby diaper-free.   My main motivation was to avoid diapers altogether and save the planet.  My only problem was that I didn’t have an actual baby at the time.

The Saturday Question: What are Your Potty Training Tips?

Since we often learn heaps from our wise readers, we’ve decided to ask a question each week and see how much information we can gather from our green parenting peers.  Thanks so much for contributing the wisdom you’ve gained from your time in the trenches with your little ones.   If you’d like to propose your own parenting question, we can feature it sometime soon for our Saturday question and you’ll get some great advice!

Joy’s Question: 

My son is 2 years and 3 months old and we’ve started casually potty training.  He goes to daycare during the week for partial days and spends the rest of his time with us, but he seems to only be alternately excited about sitting on the potty.  Sometimes he’s totally into it, and on other occasions he utterly refuses.  Many experts advise waiting until your child is really excited about potty-training, but I wonder if he’d do better if we actually invested more energy into his efforts.  Maybe if we were more consistent he’d do better.  So, should we wait or should we use a few time-tested tricks for piquing his interest in the potty?