Potty training essentials

If you have had a chance to check out my¬†Potty Training Tips That Will Actually Work article, you have probably noticed that I take a pretty relaxed approach to potty training. To me, potty training doesn’t have to be this huge daunting task for you and your kids. The key is just to be prepared. And lucky for you, you really don’t need a ton of things when the time comes to potty train.


You can make potty training as budget friendly or as expensive as you want to. For me, I choose to go with the budget friendly option. So here are a few of my budget friendly potty training essentials.

What you need when you are potty training

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Potty seat or potty chair

The first thing is to figure out if you will be using an individual potty chair or if you want a toddler seat cover to put on the regular toilet or both. I personally like to enlist both. The potty chair is great because I can have it easily available. It may sound gross to some, but I like to have the potty chair in the living room where we are at most of the time. That way, my trainer has fast access to it to reduce the risk of accidents. I also like to have a toddler seat cover so as they get more advanced, they can start to learn to go to the bathroom on the regular toilet.

My personal favorite potty seat is the Fisher Price animal potties . They are light weight, easy to empty and clean. It also has a little raised area in the front to help prevent them from peeing outside of the potty. Plus, they don’t make sounds!

In case you didn’t know this, yes, some of them talk and sing to you and I’m just not about that life.

I also like that these seats are pretty inexpensive and can be found at most retailers throughout the United States. On top of that, they come in cute animal forms like frogs and cows which might help to encourage your child to use it.


I also like the Munchkin Sturdy Potty Seat for in the bathroom. It fits perfectly over the original seat, again has that little lip in the front to help keep the pee where it’s supposed to go. It also has handles on the side to help keep little ones from falling off of the potty.


Step stools

The next thing you’re going to need is a good step stool. Now I don’t spend a fortune on those pretty wooden ones from pottery barn. I go for whatever is the least expensive and easy to clean because pee will inevitably hit these bad boys. So, I tend to like to get the plastic two tier step stools.

The Prince Lionheart Uppy2 step stool is perfect. It’s only $16 at target and is the perfect height for little ones to use to climb up on the potty or wash their hands at the sink. Plus, it’s plastic so it’s easy to clean when they miss the potty.




Having enough underwear for your little one is crucial! They will have accidents, especially at the beginning, so you want to make sure that you have enough for them to wear, and have accidents in, and don’t have to wash underwear multiple times a day. I like to have 2-3 packs on hand at any given time. Each pack has anywhere from 7-10 pairs in them so you should end up with around 20-30 pairs of underwear in your arsenal.

Our favorite ones to use are the character undies that you can get from target or Walmart. They only run around $10 per pack and the kids get excited about picking out their favorite characters to wear. So let them pick out a few packs.

flushable wipes

I love to have flushable wipes on hand to help clean up after the kiddos have gone to the potty. To me it’s easier and gets them cleaner than regular toilet paper. So we stock up on these for all of the bathrooms. Plus, you can throw them in your bag for easy clean up on the go, just like baby wipes, but they don’t take up as much space. You can get cases of these on amazon for around $16.


Rewards can be anything that your child responds to. If your one of those lucky parents that has a kid that responds well to over the top excitement and a fist bump or high five…stick with that. If your kid needs a bit more encouragement, try stickers, or a treasure trunk filled with treats and toys from the dollar store, or M&M’s. Do whatever your kids find exciting. Just make sure you have enough so they get a treat every time they go.

Potty training is a big event in your little ones life, hopefully if you go into it prepared, you’ll find that it won’t be too hard.

What’s was one of your child’s favorite rewards while potty training? Let us know in the comments below.

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