Potty Training Gear: What to Get, What to Skip

You’ll find when you get to the potty training stage that there is a whole new arsenal of gear you just have to have:

  • Pull-ups
  • Cloth training pants
  • Potty Chair
  • Singing/talking/laughing potty chair
  • Miniature urinal for boys
  • Potty Ring
  • Travel Potty Ring
  • Step stool
  • “Incentives” (e.g., candy, stickers, toys)
  • A peeing doll
  • “How to Toilet Train Your Child” instructional books/ DVDs for you
  • “How to Abandon the Diapers” inspirational books/ DVDs for your child
  • Underwear
  • Waterproof mattress cover
  • Extra sheets

So what do you really need? Well, I would like to say I simply took away the diapers and introduced the underwear, and that was that. There’s something to be said for the cold turkey approach to toilet training: the child quickly learns that no diapers = big mess and then takes it upon himself to jump up on the toilet and take care of business.